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4/17/2015

4/17/2015

E-cigarette use among high school students increased from 4.5 percent in 2013 to 13.4 percent in 2014. Among middle school students, the rate rose from 1.1. percent in 2013 to 3.9 percent in 2014. The 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey also found that e-cigarette use has surpassed that of every other tobacco product.

4/17/2015

Gov. Steve Bullock awarded several Montana schools a special grant to help expand school breakfast programs. Nearly $60,000 in privately funded grants was given to 16 schools across the state. The funds are provided to help schools pay for equipment such as carts and kiosks.

4/17/2015

A measure to give additional funding to K12 education got bipartisan approval from the Senate Education Committee. With nearly 11,000 new students expected in the state system next year, the funding will amount to $269 more per student.

4/17/2015

Almost 600 of the 800 Illinois school districts will have $97 million in state funding restored after a budget deal brokered last month between Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders cut money for education, with about one-third going to Chicago schools and the rest scattered among the other districts.

4/17/2015

The Senate passed a bill designed to decriminalize school truancy. Texas is one of only two states that employ the criminal justice system to punish truancy.

4/16/2015

4/16/2015

LAUSD is seeking to recoup millions of dollars over a problem-plagued curriculum that was provided with iPads. The district's board of education authorized its attorneys to explore possible litigation against Apple and Pearson, the company that developed the curriculum as a subcontractor to Apple.

4/16/2015

Federal authorities are investigating Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and a $20.5 million contract the district awarded on a no-bid basis to a training academy that formerly employed her.

4/16/2015

An amendment to the legislation to hold Wisconsin's publicly funded schools accountable for their academic performance dropped several divisive components — such as creating a new state oversight board and allowing publicly funded private schools to administer different types of tests to students than public schools.

4/16/2015

For the second meeting in a row, the Senate Education Committee has declined to vote on a bill that would allow school employees with law enforcement or military experience to carry concealed weapons on school property. The measure could still come up as an amendment to a related bill.

4/16/2015

Students from a school where all staff members will get pink slips because of uncertainty about Iowa school funding took a school-approved field trip to Des Moines to lobby for a 4 percent increase in supplemental school aid.

4/16/2015

Bowing to concerns from parents and lawmakers that children would be denied an education to which they are constitutionally entitled, a state senator delayed a vote on a bill requiring most California parents to vaccinate their children as a condition of enrolling them in private or public schools.

4/16/2015

The state Senate passed a controversial policy that would allow parents of students at underperforming public schools to demand fixes from the state commissioner of education, including hiring new staff, contracting with a charter school operator to take over management or closing the school altogether.

4/15/2015

4/15/2015

The state's schools have to submit certified budgets this week for the next school year, but state lawmakers still haven't agreed how much money those schools can spend. This has prompted one school district to prepare for the worst case scenario by giving all its employees pink slips.

4/15/2015

For the first time, LAUSD will open two all-girls' schools next fall. One will be a science-oriented school overseen directly by LAUSD while the other will be an independently operated, district-authorized charter school.

4/15/2015

After more than nine years after the Louisiana Recovery School District took over 100 New Orleans schools, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved the contract Martin Luther King Jr. Charter has signed with the Orleans Parish School Board.

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