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3/12/2015

3/12/2015

The Kenmore Tonawanda School Board is considering a possible boycott of the state's standardized tests for students in grades 3 through 8 unless Governor Andrew Cuomo releases state aid information to school districts and changes the education funding formula.

3/12/2015

Legislation has been approved to allow school districts to convert existing public schools to charter schools and authorize the establishment of up to 10 start-up charter schools in the state each year for at least five years.

3/12/2015

Some Broward County school employees have been subjected to long investigations by unqualified personnel for allegations they didn't even know about, according to complaints to the school board. The district is proposing to overhaul employee discipline procedures, which are now handled by school police or district principals.

3/12/2015

The California Board of Education suspended the state's school accountability system for one year to give teachers and students time to adjust to new standardized tests aligned with Common Core standards.

3/12/2015

A bill to allow public school districts to arm a school safety designee like a teacher or a volunteer passed through the House K-12 Education Subcommittee. Training would include going through active shooter training and firearm proficiency.

3/12/2015

The chair of the Assembly Education Committee has called off a vote on a heavily amended bill that called for sanctions on failing schools as well as other major changes to state education policy.

3/12/2015

Gov. Rick Snyder is planning to strip the office that works alongside the controversial Education Achievement Authority school district from control of the state Department of Education and place it under his direct oversight.

3/11/2015

3/11/2015

A new measure would let a family of a special education student deposit in a savings account special education and regular per-pupil funding a school district receives for the child. Money from the account could be withdrawn to pay for the student to attend classes somewhere other than the local public school.

3/11/2015

A proposed law, which primarily focuses on expanding state takeover of failing schools, would forbid schools from offering gift cards to prospective students or families in exchange for enrolling at the school, or to any person who refers students to the school.

3/11/2015

State officials will begin arguing about whether a school funding lawsuit should continue. Last fall, School District of Lancaster and five other districts filed a lawsuit against the state, contending that Pennsylvania's school funding system is unpredictable and does not deliver the essential resources students need.

3/11/2015

Florida authorities are investigating cyber-attacks that delayed newly computerized standardized school testing last week. The investigation stemmed from reports that a number of school districts encountered "white screens" after logging into the controversial tests.

3/11/2015

School officials from Wichita and around the state voiced strong opposition to a bill that would put state aid for school districts into flexible block grants, saying it would reduce accountability and hamper districts’ ability to provide services to students.

3/11/2015

The Wisconsin Assembly could vote next week on a school accountability bill that would place sole decision-making power with a school district superintendent to improve a low-performing school if the public school did not improve after three years of taking steps outlined in the bill.

3/11/2015

The Kentucky Senate Education Committee has passed a bill that would limit the authority school councils have across the state. With less power, the councils would be more advisory and the superintendent would make policy decisions. The bill is now set to go before the full Senate for a vote.

3/11/2015

The number of Alabama's public schools listed as failing could grow under a bill that would make significant changes to the state's Accountability Act. The legislation would also raise the current cap on aggregate tax credits claimed by families of students in failing schools to $35 million per calendar year.

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