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5/11/2015

5/11/2015

The factors that lead to suicide are extremely complex, and simple lines cannot be drawn between academic stress and young people taking their own lives. But there's been a great deal of soul-searching about the pressures on high school students in the wake of these deaths.

5/8/2015

5/8/2015

A new bill may remove seniority as a priority in school districts' decisions on teacher layoffs. It would allow school district officials to lay off teachers based on their employee evaluations and move teacher tenure eligibility from three to five years.

5/8/2015

The Virginia county's public school board members voted to add “gender identity” to its nondiscrimination policy despite overwhelming opposition from the audience.

5/8/2015

With about a month left in the legislative session and the fate and finances of charter schools still to be decided, lobbyists backing charter schools are on track to outspend last year's total with over $330,000 in the first quarter of 2015. Only about 1.5 percent of Connecticut school children — about 8,000 — attend the state's 22 public charter schools.

5/8/2015

The chief judge of the state’s special-school finance court assigned the state’s top education finance official to investigate how much of Gov. Sam Brownback’s school block grants will go to schools and how much will go to the state pension fund.

5/8/2015

The state Education Department asked that AIMS test irregularities at seven Arizona schools be investigated, saying some students' answers on 2014 tests were changed to correct answers at a higher-than-normal rate. The potential consequences for the schools range from lower state letter grades to loss of high-performance funds.

5/8/2015

Students in grades 3-12 could be excused from taking a state test and schools no longer would be penalized in accountability reports for students who do not take the test under a proposed bill.

5/7/2015

5/7/2015

Schools in Massachusetts are not even close to having the recommended number of psychologists present. With a million students and approximately 900 school psychologists, there's only one psychologist per 1,100 students, which is well below the national guideline of one per 500-700 students.x

5/7/2015

Teacher contract talks in Chicago are off to a rocky start, with the debt-burdened district demanding a 7 percent pay cut and increases in health insurance premiums.

5/7/2015

The New Jersey city's schools should add more social services and community programming to tackle issues of poverty afflicting local neighborhoods, a group of education advocates said. The group advocated that the district could work with local nonprofit organizations to support a wider range of student needs.

5/7/2015

A state representative is demanding a thorough investigation into a report that an online charter school has been collecting taxpayer money for students who were no longer attending the school. The Ohio Virtual Academy has been accused of reporting attendance of students who should have been withdrawn for truancy.

5/7/2015

State lawmakers’ months-long impasse on school funding may be close to an end. A legislator posted that legislative leaders have agreed to a compromise of a 1.25-percent increase in K12 public school funding plus a one-time appropriation of $55 million.

5/7/2015

According to the latest numbers recently released by the Florida Department of Education, the top eight schools, with reported fights, are all in Miami-Dade County. A middle school was in the top spot with 188 reported fights last school year.

5/7/2015

The Louisiana House Education Committee advanced a bill to ban building schools on toxic waste sites. The issue flared up after the Recovery School District unveiled a plan to rebuild a school on a site that contained toxins such as lead, mercury and carcinogenic hydrocarbons.

5/6/2015

5/6/2015

A Texas high school is in the middle of a chlamydia outbreak, officials say. But according to the school district's student handbook, it does not offer sexual education and states that Texas law requires more attention must be spent on abstinence than other behaviors.

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