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8/5/2014

8/5/2014

This year, all of Pasco County's nearly 400 school bus routes will be part of a new back-to-school bus call center manned by volunteers. The information the volunteers will use comes from the county's internally developed My Bus Loop app. With the app, the call center operators can track buses, even though the district's fleet won't have GPS installed until next year.

8/5/2014

The city has cut spending on school bureaucracy over the past decade, according to an Independent Budget Office report. The city spent about 22 percent less to provide schools with teacher training, budget planning, staff recruitment, and other administrative services. The cost savings came as the city consolidated its bureaucracy in a network structure.

8/5/2014

After serious allegations of testing irregularities just a few years ago, the Virginia Department of Education confirmed that Norfolk City Public Schools was the only district in South Hampton Roads without allegations of deliberately skewing results on the SOL’s or helping an unknowing student violate regulations.

8/5/2014

Five former governors are asking the state Supreme Court to give Washington legislators another chance to reach a deal on school funding before considering whether to slap them with a contempt citation.

8/5/2014

Auditors questioned less than 1 percent of $35 million in public spending on Louisiana's private school voucher program in the 2013-2014 academic year, state education officials said. One private school accounted for one fourth of the suspect spending.

8/5/2014

The leader of Connecticut's largest teachers' union sees the recent education scandals in Hartford and New London as evidence that nontraditional school reform efforts are unraveling. Reform advocates say they expect the scandals to slow the expansion of charter schools in the state and to produce a higher level of scrutiny for all efforts related to education reform, including the vetting of employees.

8/4/2014

8/4/2014

Over the next two years, new technology will arrive in 36 Duval County schools in the form of faster internet service, laptops for teachers and students, and interactive white boards. The district is paying for the technology and the teachers, but is getting a lot of help from local donors.

8/4/2014

The Obama administration announced Delaware, Georgia, Minnesota, New York and South Carolina had received a one-year waiver extension from portions of the No Child Left Behind law. Each of the states "implemented education reforms that go far beyond" the requirements, the Department of Education said.

8/4/2014

The fiscally conservative Commonwealth Foundation said its analysis showed that while the district's annual budget had grown by $1 billion since 2002, student achievement has lagged: 80 percent of students cannot read or do math at grade level.

8/4/2014

Auditors looking at state funding to private schools through Louisiana’s $35 million voucher program found about $52,000 in overpayments during the last school year, according to information released by the education department.

8/4/2014

The average student count per day could grow by more than 10,000 during the next two years. That could mean approximately $200 million in new spending on per-student funding just to hold even in providing services.

8/4/2014

The changes date to at least 2002, when data-center employees were ordered to “break the enrollment” of absentee and low-performing students so that their standardized test scores and attendance records wouldn’t count against Columbus City Schools, a state investigation found.

8/4/2014

The fight to establish charter schools in Nebraska isn't over, despite the loss of a key advocate in the Nebraska Legislature and opponents' vow to keep the publicly funded, independently run schools out of the state.

8/4/2014

If Gov. Rick Snyder declares a financial emergency, Benton Harbor schools can choose between an emergency manager, consent agreement, mediation or bankruptcy, state officials have said.

8/1/2014

8/1/2014

The Rapid City School Board is imposing its final contract offer to teachers after months of negotiations failed to produce an agreement. The contract includes a 3 percent salary increase, a 2 percent one-time bonus and a 9.4 percent increase in teachers’ health insurance premiums.

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