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2/5/2015

2/5/2015

A proposal is being pushed that would allow federal dollars to follow students from school to school, as a way to increase equity for low-income families. But an issue brief argues the proposal would actually strip the neediest schools of much-needed resources.

2/5/2015

John Thomas School of Discovery recently became the first public school in Missouri to receive STEM accreditation for the instruction it does in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

2/5/2015

The state school board reviewed terms of the four-year experiment in virtual charter schools. The school board wants K12 Inc. and Connections Education to provide computers and internet access to students whose families cannot afford them. The board is also considering excluding children who don't have an adult to oversee their classwork.

2/5/2015

Gov. Scott Walker is calling for a biennial budget that would cut property taxes, keep public school funding in Wisconsin largely flat over two years, cut some 400 state positions and drastically expand school choice programs in the state.

2/5/2015

There’s little support among local officials for a bill that seeks to give North Dakota’s sheriffs the power to close schools if they believe the weather is too unsafe for travel. House Bill 1380 also takes school districts off the hook for days lost if sheriffs close schools.

2/5/2015

In connection to the Edison school district's lawsuit against its insurance company, a judge has ruled that state regulations apply to the district's policy regarding upgrades. The James Monroe Elementary School, which burned down in 2014, will cost $28 million to rebuild, but so far the New Jersey Schools Insurance Group has offered only $9 million.

2/4/2015

2/4/2015

The superintendent and school board of Montgomery County have agreed to part ways, beginning the search for a new chief to lead the largest school district in Maryland. He will leave months before his four-year contract would have ended in June.

2/4/2015

Democrats who control the Iowa Senate proposed a 4 percent increase in basic state aid for K12 schools for each of the next two academic years, setting up a showdown with the Iowa House. The Republican-led House recently approved a 1.25 percent increase.

2/4/2015

In its 2015 Position Paper, the School Nutrition Association has suggested Congress take a second look at the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and loosen some of the calorie, fat and sodium regulations. Perhaps then, the group argued, more children would go back to buying school lunches.

2/4/2015

Virginia lawmakers are considering House Bill 1366, which would change state guidelines pertaining to sex offenders on school property. The measure is aimed at limiting school access for parents who are sex offenders and want to visit their child’s school.

2/4/2015

City council members are calling for an overhaul of school disciplinary practices, where they say black and Hispanic kids are often disproportionately punished for misbehaving. They are asking to reduce the number of suspensions in the schools, increase access to guidance counselors, and improve relations between students and school safety agents.

2/4/2015

Kansas' Senate Ways and Means Committee started hashing out a major revision to the school finance formula that would recalculate how the state divides up money that’s intended to bridge the gap between property-rich and property-poor school districts. Changing the formula would save the state about $40 million.

2/4/2015

More than half of Ohio school districts would see their state funding reduced under Gov. John Kasich’s new two-year budget, which also seeks to increase oversight of charter schools.

2/4/2015

Senate Bill 2 would allow certain high school students to enroll in a college or university if they can pass a college entrance exam and have completed freshman- and sophomore-level high school course work. When they complete a degree or certificate program, their college-level courses would satisfy 11th- and 12th-grade requirements.

2/3/2015

2/3/2015

Last year, 109 of the 403 schools in the eight Western New York counties made zero reports under the Dignity Act, according to data released by the State Education Department. More than half of the region's schools self-reported five or fewer incidents of harassment and discrimination.

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