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3/28/2014

3/28/2014
The Boston School Committee has voted to eliminate buses for seventh- and eighth-graders, one of many cuts it approved in a $975 million spending plan for next year. Even though school spending will increase by about 4 percent, it will not be enough to cover rising salaries and other costs, along with a reduction in federal and state aid.
3/28/2014
A Minnesota district has agreed to pay $70,000 to settle a lawsuit filed in 2012 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. The suit claimed school officials violated a student's constitutional rights by viewing her Facebook and emails without permission.
3/28/2014
New or expanding charters in New York City will get access to facilities, but existing ones already in private spaces will not receive as much aid in the tentative state budget deal. All charters in the state will receive an extra $1,100 in per-pupil aid from the state that would be spread out over three years.
3/28/2014
The makers of Yik Yak, a smartphone app blocked in Chicago earlier this month, have extended the block to many of the nation's high schools and middle schools following a bomb scare at a California high school. The social media app works with the GPS in a phone to set up geographical boundaries where users can post anonymously.

3/27/2014

3/27/2014
The governor signed into law a measure to allow adults to keep guns locked in their vehicles in school parking lots. Current Indiana law can make it a felony for legal gun permit holders to even inadvertently have their guns in their vehicles while they drop off their children at school.
3/27/2014
The Madison School Board is weighing whether to implement a new student discipline policy across the district next school year or to try it out as a pilot program first for a year in 11 schools with higher numbers of reported behavioral problems.
3/27/2014
A Tennessee bill that would issue vouchers for private school tuition to up to 5,000 low-income students this fall and to as many as 20,000 students in 2017 passed through the Senate Education Committee.
3/27/2014
Lawmakers resurrected a bill that would allow more charter schools in underperforming districts but did not address reimbursement increases to traditional public schools.
3/27/2014
Following the city's large school closing process last year, a district analysis of the Chicago schools consolidated with the closed 47 elementary schools showed that incidents of misconduct were down in schools that took in children from closed schools and grade point averages had risen.
3/27/2014
Security upgrades in Spokane Public Schools' system call for resource officers to also become police department reserve officers to receive training in case law, patrol procedures, crisis intervention and firearms. The district and police department have drafted a three-year agreement and hope to finalize it in June.
3/27/2014
The New Jersey district passed a $665 million budget for the 2014-2015 school year that will result in a 1.5 percent increase in the tax levy. The tax hike was due to a combination of rising costs in the district and state funding that remained relatively flat.

3/26/2014

3/26/2014
The Texas Attorney General ruled that last year's attempt to force a petition-initiated tax increase for the Harris County Department of Education on to the ballot violated state law. Proceeds were to be directed to an early childhood education training program operated by the Harris County School Readiness, a private group.
3/26/2014
Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation making Indiana the first state to withdraw from the national Common Core education standards that have become a lightning rod for critics of federal government overreach.
3/26/2014
A computer program will grade student essays on the writing portion of the standardized test set to replace the FCAT, according to the Florida Department of Education. The essays will be scored by a human and a computer, but the computer score will only matter if the score is significantly different from that of the human reviewer.
3/26/2014
Changes could be coming to how the state’s schools are graded after lawmakers approved changes to Florida’s school accountability and teacher evaluation system. The proposal would simplify how school grades are calculated for elementary, middle and high schools based on the percentage of total points earned by the school.

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