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5/14/2014

5/14/2014

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is urging the Miller School District, a central South Dakota school district, to reverse its decision to allow the distribution of Bibles to fifth-graders. Aside from reversing the Bible distribution decision, the ACLU is also asking the board to craft policies on the distribution of non-school materials that meet legal standards.

5/14/2014

Beginning next school year, San Francisco public schools can set their own policies on allowing students to wear hats, caps or other head coverings - rules previously regulated by the San Francisco USD. Fourteen of the California district's 19 high schools have already adopted rules on wearing hats in class.

5/14/2014

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio touted education initiatives in his executive budget, including $4.4 billion to help address overcrowded classrooms over the next four years. He also spoke about an extra $20 million in the budget for arts education.

5/13/2014

5/13/2014

Arlington school officials, with passage of the district’s $663 million bond package, aren’t the only ones coming off a win. Across Texas, voters approved 84 percent of the $6.2 billion in bond packages on ballots in local elections this past week, according to initial results.

5/13/2014

Oversight of charter schools in Pennsylvania is "a mess," state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has concluded. To help clean it up, DePasquale is calling for creating an independent charter oversight board, restoring charter reimbursements for school districts, and requiring the state to pick up the tab for cyber charter schools.

5/13/2014

Facing a looming deadline, Missouri lawmakers began meeting to work on legislation that would revise a school transfer law requiring struggling schools to pay for students to enroll elsewhere. The Senate and House each have approved their own versions of the measure, but both chambers must approve the same version.

5/13/2014

Next year, schools could hold a limited number of food fundraisers during the school day. The proposal before the Kansas Board of Education would allow each organization within a school to hold one fundraiser per semester that features foods or beverages that do not meet the federal nutrition guidelines.

5/13/2014

Elgin Area School District U-46 will again be considering boundary changes, and perhaps even closings, as student enrollment declines in some elementary schools, while others are increasingly overcrowded. A report found that 10 elementary schools are underutilized while two are over capacity, with more than 95 percent utilization.

5/13/2014

The state’s school board approved revisions in its $3.6 billion spending plan for public schools. The changes, including revisions to avoid automatic school aid hikes in future years, won support from several influential school groups, including the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents.

5/13/2014

The Springfield School Committee approved a $446 million school budget, avoiding teacher layoffs in fiscal year 2015 due to a hiring freeze and a 20 percent cut, mostly through attrition, in central office positions.

5/12/2014

5/12/2014

The Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act passed the House, just hours after it also passed a bill to expand education research programs. The act would streamline two existing charter school programs, combine grants to open new schools and renovate facilities, and ask for $50 million more in annual charter school funding, bringing the total to $300 million.

5/12/2014

Florida lawmakers passed a bill putting school districts in charge of choosing school books and curriculum. They also are required to develop a policy where parents can object to his or her child's instructional material.

5/12/2014

Long Island's 124 school districts have proposed some of the lowest spending and tax hikes in recent history for the 2014-2015 academic year. Spending across Nassau and Suffolk counties would rise 2.27 percent — the second-smallest average increase since 1996.

5/12/2014

Three more schools could be added to the growing list of those designated as innovation schools within Massachusetts. They will each receive a $75,000 fellowship grant that will enable the schools during the next year to establish a plan to open new innovation schools within their district.

5/12/2014

Since Washington lost its No Child Left Behind waiver last month, some school districts are discussing a district-level waiver as an option.

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