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12/4/2014

12/4/2014

Chicago Public Schools officials unveiled new school performance ratings. Under the system, most of the district's 664 schools have been put into one of five levels, two more than used previously.

12/4/2014

The state's high school graduation rate rose about one percentage point in 2014 to 88.6 percent, according to the Department of Education. But data from individual schools show that some students, especially in urban and low-income districts, are remaining in high school for a fifth year to graduate.

12/4/2014

Delaware's charter school system is resegregating the state's public schools with those serving minority students vastly under-performing those serving more affluent white students, the ACLU of Delaware and Community Legal Aid Society are arguing in a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

12/3/2014

12/3/2014

Gov. Peter Shumlin says school spending projections will require a 2-cent increase in the statewide school property tax rate. The new report by Vermont's tax department estimates that education spending will increase by just under 3.1 percent in fiscal 2016.

12/3/2014

The Connecticut Elementary and Secondary Social Studies Frameworks curriculum proposal is a model that local districts can use but is not state mandated. The instruction focuses on students not only knowing the answers to key questions in history, economics, geography and civics but also understanding what questions to ask to separate out valuable information.

12/3/2014

School district officials turned over 20 boxes in response to a federal grand jury subpoena for documents related to its troubled iPad project's bidding process and the winning bidders. The investigation is a broad one, seeking records related to Apple and Pearson that predate the bidding process or that involve other projects.

12/3/2014

The Minneapolis district is merging everything from attendance to test scores to discipline data into one computer dashboard for teachers and administrators. School officials are hoping the new information will help close what has been one of the largest achievement gaps in the country between whites and students of color.

12/3/2014

Eliminating free all-day kindergarten classes, reducing school weeks to four days to save energy and staff lay-offs are among the options the districts will begin to consider in January. Eight districts say they must now cut millions from their budgets because voters failed to support their override requests in the November election.

12/3/2014

The Florida School Boards Association urged lawmakers to delay the consequences associated with new state tests until 2017. In the meantime, the group stated, local districts should be allowed to determine when students are promoted, when they graduate and how teachers are evaluated — tasks that are largely dictated by student test scores.

12/3/2014

The Indiana State Board of Education will consider changes to the state’s takeover process for failing schools this week. Under state takeover, failing schools are severed from school district oversight and turned over to outside groups — so far all charter school operators — to be run independently under a contract with the state.

12/3/2014

A controversial Illinois High School Association regulation that was passed to force out a group of Sudanese teens from competing for their adopted home school was overturned, clearing the way for Mooseheart to feature South Sudanese and Congolese students who arrived in the town after fleeing their war-torn homelands.

12/2/2014

12/2/2014

North Dakota's first lady Betsy Dalrymple and state School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler unveiled a proposed bipartisan legislation that would require every high school student to get a passing grade on the civics exam to graduate.

12/2/2014

The Leon County Schools is making available thousands of pages of documents for a federal grand jury to review as part of its investigation into the district's school-construction projects.

12/2/2014

North Carolina's State Board of Education members heard pros and cons of changes to a high school history test for advanced students, joining a national debate over whether high school students should be taught that America is exceptional despite its faults, or whether the country's history should be explained more objectively.

12/2/2014

An administrative judge has postponed the final hearing to determine the fate of Florida's Scholar Preparatory Academy. The Duval County School Board voted to put the charter school on a 90-day termination notice in September after it failed to meet minimum student enrollment requirements.

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