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9/3/2014

9/3/2014

Gov. Jerry Brown filed an appeal of a ruling that struck down traditional job protections for teachers. California’s two largest teacher unions are expected to follow suit in the case of Vergara vs. California.

9/3/2014

The Grand Rapids Board of Education approved the proposal for the new Grand Rapids Public Museum School, planned for the 2015-2016 school year. In addition to the district and the Public Museum, the Museum School is a partnership with the city of Grand Rapids, Ferris State University/Kendall College, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and Grand Valley State University

9/3/2014

The Ohio city's board adopted a policy to officially bar school principals from making after-the-fact changes to grades on their own. Once the grading period ends, school administrators who want to change a student’s grade will have to fill out forms to justify the change, get permission from a central-office official and then have a district data worker make the change.

9/3/2014

A year after hundreds more "Safe Passage" workers were hired to keep children from harm, an infusion of city money has allowed Chicago to increase the number of security guards from 1,200 to 1,300. Another $10 million from the state will mean 600 more workers will be lining the streets within the next several weeks.

9/2/2014

9/2/2014

The Washington Supreme Court will determine whether charter schools will be allowed in the state with a hearing scheduled for October. The new charter school law allows for about 40 charter schools to open during the next five years. This fall, the private school First Place will be the first charter school. A coalition of plaintiffs has sued the state, hoping to disallow schools such as First Place.

9/2/2014

Few principals across New York state gave their teachers low scores in the 2012-2013 school year as they implemented a new evaluation system that calls for in-depth classroom observations. The difference between the top ratings on the observation-based evaluations​ and the low ratings on state and local tests is likely to spark a debate over what parts of an evaluation are the most accurate.

9/2/2014

According to a database compiled by Transparent California, more than 7,500 school district employees in San Diego County received six-figure compensation packages last year, including 4,600 teachers.

9/2/2014

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office is giving students the ability to communicate with authorities by scanning a bar code sticker that has been placed in all 18,000 student lockers in the county’s middle and high schools. Students can anonymously alert authorities if they suspect someone is dealing drugs or committing criminal acts or if they have any school safety concerns.

9/2/2014

With educators facing tough financial choices, having a full-time librarian is becoming something of a luxury in Chicago's more than 600 public schools. Instead, certified librarians are being reassigned across the district to English classrooms, world languages or to particular grade levels in elementary schools.

9/2/2014

This year, relying on a loophole in the union contract, school administrators in Boston are filling classroom posts with teachers of their own choosing, passing over internal candidates and hiring from outside the system if need be. With the opening of schools, more than 100 veteran teachers have no class assignments at all, sidelined despite a cost in salary and benefits of more than $10 million.

9/2/2014

As nearly 600,000 Oregon teachers and students start school, they will be faced this year with the new Smarter Balanced test covering reading, math, writing, listening, research and thinking skills. Test officials won't decide for months how high students will have to score to pass the exam, which will be given to students in grades three through eight and to high school juniors.

8/29/2014

8/29/2014

The state's largest school-voucher program, Tax-Credit Scholarship Program, is unconstitutional because it redirects taxpayer money to religious schools and creates a separate system of state-funded schools, according to a lawsuit filed by the teachers union and others.

8/29/2014

The Florida county made history when they voted to become the first school district in Florida to opt out of all statewide, standardized tests.

8/29/2014

A Texas state district judge has ruled that the state’s funding of public schools is unconstitutional. The decision found that the Texas school finance system in effect imposed a state property tax in violation of the Texas Constitution since districts do not control local property taxes.

8/29/2014

A Georgia Senate committee began looking into how children are punished and expelled from school. They're also looking at whether race plays a part in school discipline issues, prompted by criticism that the disparities in discipline across the state are harmful to certain groups.

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