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10/3/2014

10/3/2014

After examining the state's 7-point grading scale, North Carolina's Board of Education approved the switch to the 10-point grading scale. The move has been pushed by the state’s largest school districts as a way to simplify the system and level the playing field in college applications.

10/2/2014

10/2/2014

Minnesota's struggling schools are becoming more concentrated in the Twin Cities, according to the state's accountability data. Under a measure that combines test scores, graduation rates, student academic growth and the achievement gap between white students and students of color, Minneapolis and St. Paul saw an increase in the number of schools with low rankings.

10/2/2014

Louisiana's charter schools ranked as the second-strongest among 26 states in a report released by the National Association of Public Charter Schools. Washington, D.C. scored the highest, and Michigan was a close third.

10/2/2014

Low pay and tough new expectations for teachers have led to a shortage of qualified people willing to take jobs in Arizona's classrooms. With few resumes being submitted, some school districts are turning to hire teachers from overseas, especially from the Philippines.

10/2/2014

With racial minorities still less likely than white students to have access to rigorous academic classes or experienced, qualified teachers, the Obama administration announce guidelines to ensure that strong teachers, high-level math and science courses, quality extracurricular programs, and equivalent technology and school facilities are available for all public school students.

10/2/2014

The Freedom from Religion Foundation has asked for Bible classes to immediately stop in elementary schools in the Rowan-Salisbury School System. But the Freedom from Religion Foundation said they received a complaint from a parent who said the Bible was being taught at Woodleaf Elementary and other schools as fact.

10/2/2014

Sioux Falls public school officials are starting to prepare for a spring vote that could force a later start date for students. The proposed changes would change the first day of classes back to the first Tuesday after Labor Day instead of starting in August.

10/2/2014

New York City's current A-through-F system will be replaced by report cards with "quality snapshots" for families and "quality guides" geared toward school leaders and administrators. The guides will have more comprehensive data and analysis, and both will include feedback from parents, students and teachers using the annual NYC School Survey.

10/1/2014

10/1/2014

New York City is overhauling its system for evaluating schools, de-emphasizing test scores in favor of measures like the strength of the curriculum and the school environment, and doing away with an overall A-through-F grade for each school.

10/1/2014

When the Great Recession struck in 2007, the average education spending per child for the top 10 percent of earners jumped 35 percent to $5,210 a year compared to an average of $1,000 for the other 90 percent. Research has linked the additional dollars to increased SAT scores and a greater likelihood of graduating from college.

10/1/2014

West Deptford voters authorized $16,784,065 in improvements at five of the district's schools, allowing the board of education to take out a $15 million bond for a multitude of projects, including am upgraded HVAC control system, new classrooms and more.

10/1/2014

The Flint School District might not have been able to pay all its employees Friday if not for a last-minute grant. No other specifics were given about the grant or how much it was for. The district is in the midst of a $20.4-million deficit and was hampered by the fact that Michigan schools don't get payments from the state in September.

10/1/2014

Hundreds of players have been pulled from games and practices, game rules have changed and parents have been involved more fully in what their teenage players are experiencing, a reporting project found. More than 100 districts were asked about their head injury policies, their budgets and other matters related to high school football. The project found rapid change in recent years.

10/1/2014

The state-run public endowment fund, managed by the State Board of Education and the School Land Board, has become the largest educational endowment in the nation. Funded by proceeds from the sale of sulfur and water royalties, oil, gas, lease rentals and other sources, the Permanent School Fund has grown to nearly $37.7 billion.

10/1/2014

High school student welded four large metal containers known as "amnesty boxes" that will be placed in four high schools for the safe collection of contraband such as drugs or firearms. The boxes would give students opportunities to rid themselves of contraband and avoid arrest before they reach their school's metal detector.

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