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11/6/2014

11/6/2014

Monroe County School District voters approved a 10-year extension of a sales tax. Of the projected $157.3 million that would be raised by the tax over the next decade, $5 million has been earmarked for security and safety and $21.8 million for student technology upgrades. Construction of three new schools will cost $105 million.

11/6/2014

A Orange County school district fell short by hundreds of votes to get millions of dollars to upgrade buildings. Orange USD lost its third attempt to pass a bond, this time $296 million to be divided equally among its four high schools.

11/6/2014

Challenger Marshall Tuck conceded to incumbent Tom Torlakson in the contest for California superintendent of public instruction, a race that became the most expensive on the state ballot.

11/5/2014

11/5/2014

A record number of homeless students are attending West Virginia’s public schools, according to the National Center for Homeless Education. Of the over 8,300 students labeled as homeless last school year, about 70 percent of those students are living with grandparents or several family members. Nearly 25 percent are living in shelters.

11/5/2014

Pasco County is poised to become the latest school district to take a formal stance against the direction of Florida's testing and accountability system. Board members are concerned about the number of tests and how quickly the state is switching to tests associated with the Common Core State Standards.

11/5/2014

A trio of candidates endorsed by the Jersey City teachers union appears to have won nearly twice as many votes as their competition in the contested school board race. The teachers union's victory is a significant defeat for Schools Superintendent Marcia V. Lyles.

11/5/2014

More than 55 percent of the district's voters said no to a new combination operating and permanent-improvement levy that would have brought in about $7 million a year. As a result, the district will raise pay-to-play fees, end busing for 1,200 students and lay off administrators, technology support staff and 55 teachers.

11/5/2014

A $54.6 million proposal for renovations and additions and a $44.8 million facilities improvement plan were two of the largest school referendums in the state that passed. Voters in Dodgeville rejected a controversial $48 million proposal to build a high school and close a rural school.

11/5/2014

Colorado has voted to require that school board negotiations with unions be open to the public. Proposition 104 requires school boards to allow the public to see negotiations on collective bargaining agreements, or union contracts.

11/5/2014

The Jefferson County and Madison City boards of education believe they should have federal constitutional immunity from federal lawsuits that were filed against them by school employees. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed.

11/4/2014

11/4/2014

Louisiana's top court dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of New Orleans public school workers who were fired after Hurricane Katrina. The court said the fired employees' due-process rights were not violated. If the decision stands, it will spare the state and Orleans Parish costs that were expected to surpass $1 billion.

11/4/2014

The Arizona State Board of Education voted to award a $19 million contract to American Institutes for Research to develop an assessment to replace the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards next spring. The new test will be called Arizona's Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching or AzMERIT.

11/4/2014

Mayor de Blasio announced plans to extend the school day by an hour at nearly 100 schools as part the city’s $150 million plan to overhaul underperforming public city schools. Extra instruction and resources will also be sent to 94 schools that rank in the bottom quarter of the city's schools for graduation and state scores.

11/4/2014

In Tennessee, Metro Nashville Public Schools students can start applying for the school they want to attend, and a new process allows high school students to pick a school based on academic interests.

11/4/2014

Huntsville City Schools paid a former FBI agent $157,000 last year to oversee security improvements, including the investigation of social media activity of public school students. The online effort led to the expulsion last school year of just 14 out of the city's 24,000 students.

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