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12/22/2014

12/22/2014

Even in a best-case scenario, the Philadelphia School District faces a $30 million deficit for next year. And that's with asking for $309 million in new money from the city and state, and not planning on any teacher raises over the next five years.

12/22/2014

School districts across Oklahoma could recoup as much as $18 million in state aid for the current fiscal year, a revenue stream state Education Department officials say has been miscalculated annually for more than two decades.

12/22/2014

The goal of raising the state's graduation rate to 83 percent? Now officials want every student to graduate high school. Forget trying to boost test scores to where 60 percent of all students score proficient or higher by 2016. Now, the aim is that all students will score at a proficient or higher level on every single state test.

12/22/2014

Bill calls on the Department of Education to consider requiring middle and high schools to start their days after 8:30 a.m., as suggested by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Another bill would require the study to gauge potential negative effects of later start times on school districts.

12/22/2014

Idaho’s state Board of Education has unanimously endorsed legislation to set up a “career ladder” for Idaho teachers, phasing in substantial pay increases if teachers meet performance standards.

12/22/2014

Several North Jersey districts have dropped midterms and finals—the motive is partly to regain instruction time as standardized tests take up more days each year. But school officials say they’re also looking at the larger issue of how to determine what students have learned.

12/19/2014

12/19/2014

The state released report cards and graduation rates for the 2013-14 school year. Graduation rates increased to an 11-year high of 76.1 percent, an increase of 0.5 percent over last year, and a rise of nearly 17 percentage points since 2003-04.

12/19/2014

The American Civil Liberties Union sued Missouri's Ferguson-Florissant School District in federal court to challenge the district's election process for allegedly diluting the voting strength of black residents. The suit, filed on behalf of the Missouri NAACP, charges that the district elects school board members in a way that violates the federal Voting Rights Act.

12/19/2014

At 27 percent, Louisiana's rate of school-aged children living below the poverty line may explain some of the state's K12 education struggles. The national average rate of school-aged children in poverty is 21 percent, but just 10 out of the Louisiana's 64 parishes have a lower rate than that.

12/19/2014

Bibles are reportedly being distributed to elementary students in a Georgia public school district this week — something that represents an “appalling violation” of children’s freedom of thought," says the national Freedom From Religion Foundation. It’s why the organization has threatened to file a lawsuit if the practice doesn’t stop.

12/19/2014

Colorado parents looking for more user-friendly information about their school’s academic performance last year can now search an updated online database that ranks schools on an A-F grading scale. ColoradoSchoolGrades.com uses data from the Colorado Department of Education and a formula developed by the University of Colorado Denver to compute the grades.

12/19/2014

Pittsburgh Public Schools’ board of directors approved a final budget of $556.8 million for 2015. More than half of the budget is allocated for salaries and benefits, with other large items including the district’s debt service, charter school tuition fees, transportation and education.

12/18/2014

12/18/2014

The city of Chicago released a report with 28 recommendations to address the city's youth violence problem. The recommendations include adding eight "peace rooms" in Chicago Public schools for conflict resolution and connecting families with counseling.

12/18/2014

As the pre-K system expanded in New York City, education officials said one-on-one coaching was critical for teachers' growth and expanded the program. Officials have hired 30 new coaches this year, bringing the city’s total to 70, which translates to one counselor supervising 45 teachers, many of them new to their jobs or working in brand-new programs.

12/18/2014

The fast-spreading flu in Georgia is forcing Polk County's school system to shut down and start winter break early. With 17 percent of the student body and 16 percent of the teachers out sick, the school superintendent closed all 10 schools on Wednesday.

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