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8/28/2014

8/28/2014

A group of Newark parents announced that their children will boycott Newark public schools at the start of the new school year. “NPS Boycott 4 Freedom” is a response to “One Newark,” a school reform plan set to take effect next month that will restructure or shut down a third of schools in the city’s state-run public school district.

8/27/2014

8/27/2014

Schools that can’t afford new technology may cause young students to lag behind their peers at affluent schools. The Educational Technology Foundation of Western New York, a volunteer group, installs computers and laptops, donated by local businesses and companies, to underserved schools and community centers.

8/27/2014

New York City reached a nearly $68 million contract agreement with the school safety agents union to give agents 10 percent raises over the course of a new, 7-year contract. In addition, the union's school safety agents will receive about $38 million in retroactive pay to settle a federal class-action pay discrimination lawsuit filed by the agents — two-thirds of whom are women.

8/27/2014

Orange County voters agreed to pay for 10 more years of school construction and renovation, continuing a half-penny sales tax that has been in place for more than a decade. The $2 billion it is expected to raise will be used to replace or refurbish 59 schools and upgrade technology.

8/27/2014

A bill that would impose restrictions on charter schools seeking to locate outside the boundaries of the district that charters them passed the state Assembly. It is now scheduled to go back to the California Senate for a concurrence vote.

8/27/2014

The district's superintendent suspended future use of a contract with Apple that was to provide iPads to all students amid mounting scrutiny of the $1-billion-plus effort. The suspension came after disclosures of close ties between the superintendent and his top deputy and Apple and Pearson executives.

8/27/2014

Engineers have finished inspecting 30 schools in Napa and found the quake did not cause any structural damage. Teams of architects and engineers have been examining all of Napa's schools looking for any structural damage following Sunday morning's earthquake.

8/27/2014

Despite the school’s financial woes, a Philadelphia judge has ruled that Girard College may not drop its high school and boarding programs. The board that oversees the 165-year-old school says the decision threatens its financial stability.

8/26/2014

8/26/2014

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a statement recommending that middle and high schools delay the start of class to 8:30 a.m. or later to align school schedules to adolescents' biological sleep rhythms. Studies show that adolescents who don’t get enough sleep often suffer physical and mental health problems, an increased risk of automobile accidents and a decline in academic performance. 

8/26/2014

State officials are expected to release information on end-of-grade and end-of-course testing in area schools next week, but letter grades assigned to schools won’t be released until next year. It will include graduation rates, end-of-grade proficiency, end-of-course proficiency and some other measures.

8/26/2014

An effort to tweak San Francisco's school assignment system in favor of neighborhood schools has been delayed. If the board opts to change the system in the spring, it would leave more time to adjust the formula and inform parents ahead of the 2016-2017 fall-winter school assignment process than if it changed it now for 2015-2016.

8/26/2014

The rising percentage of Kansas children who receive free or reduced-price lunches at school is a genuine trend linked to poverty, not a ploy to boost school funding, the Kansas Association of School Boards said. The report is a response to questions concerning why the percentage is climbing and whether the increase might be linked to schools gaming the system to exploit changes in the state’s school finance formula.

8/26/2014

The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District is trying to rebound from one of the biggest teacher turnovers it's ever seen to keep education from suffering. More than 100 teachers have quit or retired, including the superintendent.

8/26/2014

Hawaii's public elementary schools have made significant headway in reducing the number of students chronically absent, according to the Hawaii State Department of Education 2013-14 Strive HI Performance System results. The state saw a 7 percent drop in chronic absenteeism from 18 to 11 percent for 2013-2014 while 163 of 169 elementary schools improved their chronic absenteeism rates.

8/25/2014

8/25/2014

The school year in Ferguson was scheduled to begin on Aug. 14, but the opening was delayed because of the unrest that followed the killing of Michael Brown five days earlier.

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