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1/13/2015

1/13/2015

Plans for an $11 million Spanish immersion elementary school in Sioux Falls have been delayed as looming legislation to put new limits on K12 taxes threatens to throw a wrench in the local school district’s building budget.

1/13/2015

A contentious Wisconsin bill has been introduced outlining how to hold publicly funded schools accountable for student performance, including creating a new state board that would issue strict penalties to schools that don't improve.

1/13/2015

The governor will ask the Florida Legislature to allocate the highest per-student budget in state history. The "Keep Florida Working" budget proposal also includes almost $20 billion in total K12 education funding, about a one-billion dollar increase compared to the current fiscal year's budget.

1/13/2015

Gov. Mike Pence’s budget increases K12 funding by $200 million over the next two years, which includes recommendations that charter schools receive more funding than in the past. The increase would amount to about $1,500 per charter school pupil.

1/12/2015

1/12/2015

Wealthy, mostly suburban schools have a beef with Indiana’s school funding formula: their superintendents say they are producing the state’s best test scores and graduation rates but getting the smallest amount of state aid.

1/12/2015

Wisconsin public schools deemed to be failing would have to become charter schools under a bill introduced Wednesday that was the first of the 2015 legislative session and placed on the fast track for passage.

1/12/2015

A four-year-old controversy regarding the teaching of so-called “ethnic studies” in an Arizona school district is once again at the forefront, after Superintendent H.T. Sánchez of the Tucson Unified School District is authorizing the expansion of the courses – which involve mostly Mexican- and African-American studies.

1/12/2015

Ohio is trying to give parents guidance through its Step Up To Quality preschool rating system, which rates childcare centers from one to five stars based on how well they try to educate children.

1/12/2015

Minneapolis Public School employees are using district credit cards for unauthorized purchases — including personal use — and have routinely failed to follow expense policies, a review of school expense records found.

1/12/2015

This week, school officials announced the system will be giving differential pay to substitutes who are licensed teachers and to teachers who have retired from the school system — which means a substitute could earn up to $164 per day with additional differential pay.

1/12/2015

San Francisco's real estate boom has enveloped housing and commercial properties for years. But now at least one set of schools may be reeling from the effects of the soaring real estate prices in The City: charter schools.

1/9/2015

1/9/2015

This past fall, New York homeowners living in school districts that complied with the state property tax cap were mailed income tax rebate checks. That will continue in 2015, but with one caveat: school districts must create "government efficiency" plans in the next few months for state approval, in addition to complying with the tax cap.

1/9/2015

While Denver Public Schools has seen high rates of participation in the district’s school choice system, there are still gaps among who participates and where students request to go, according to a new report. Across all segments of the city, families are demanding higher-rated schools, but such schools are unevenly distributed.

1/9/2015

City school officials will move to stamp out sexting and cyberbullying before they become a problem under the city’s new policy allowing students to bring cell phones to school. As part of the effort, principals will work with teachers and parents to create customized policies for students’ cell phones in their schools.

1/9/2015

The Florida school district could face more than $1.2 million in fines for once again exceeding constitutional class-size requirements — the highest penalty in the state other than Miami-Dade. Lake appealed the finding that 361 of its classes are over the legal capacity this school year, citing unexpected growth as a persistent challenge.

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