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3/10/2015

3/10/2015

Grand Rapids Public Schools will begin engaging the community for support on a 30-year, $175 million November ballot proposal beginning in April. Most of the bond — more than $150 million would go toward building construction.

3/10/2015

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey introduced a bill aimed at reducing the rate of student suspension across the nation's schools. The Keep Kids in School Act specifically takes aim at the discrepancies in the nation's suspension rates with students of color and students with disabilities.

3/10/2015

A budget footnote passed during the 2014 budget session of the Legislature halted any discussion of the Next Generation Science Standards and brought to a halt the state-level review of science guidelines. With legislative restrictions lifted, the State Board of Education is set to get back to work on its science standards.

3/10/2015

New legislation would require school districts to consider performance, not just seniority, when laying off teachers. The bill would also make it easier for out-of-state teachers to become licensed in Minnesota.

3/10/2015

A new report on California’s foster youth revealed serious issues with the local school district and state systems of support for this particularly under-performing group of students. The SRI Education and J. Koppich and Associates' report also found that California lacks a comprehensive data system to track foster youth.

3/10/2015

Public schools that improved test scores for struggling students will boost their state performance ratings under a new Nebraska accountability system. The Nebraska Board of Education also decided to seek a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Law.

3/9/2015

3/9/2015

Congress is grappling with whether to overhaul or even repeal the 14-year-old law, creating uncertainty in the states about compliance. Federal officials, meanwhile, are considering whether to sanction Texas for failing to comply with federal rules on teacher evaluations.

3/9/2015

The father of an elementary school student has filed a lawsuit claiming the district violated his right to openly carry a firearm into his daughter's school. The man claims he was denied access multiple times while attempting to pick up his daughter because he was open carrying a pistol.

3/9/2015

A mix of unusually volatile property values and shifting school-funding formulas over the past decade has detached school funding from reality in Ohio, a veteran researcher says.

3/9/2015

Transportation for students to New Orleans' public schools is in an abysmal state, plagued by skyrocketing costs and placing bus-riding schoolchildren in harm's way, according the latest findings of a working group established to study the issue.

3/9/2015

Nebraska Department of Education officials have unveiled a system to classify each school at one of four levels—from “excellent” to “needing improvement”—based on test scores, how much struggling students improve and graduation rates.

3/9/2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving schools $5.5 million in training grants, which will be used to help educators comply with a rule finalized last week that requires all personnel in school nutrition programs to complete annual training.

3/9/2015

Baltimore's school police will remain the only police officers in the state of Maryland forbidden to have firearms within public schools while classes are in session.

3/9/2015

Year-round scheduling means schools can accommodate about 20 percent more students by splitting them between five tracks. The change comes with an increase in operational costs, estimated to be about $308,000 for each school.

3/6/2015

3/6/2015

Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to take over as many as 100 low-performing public schools won approval in the Georgia Senate, although it’s likely to face a tougher test as it now moves to the state House.

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