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9/18/2014

9/18/2014

Minnesota allows private, parochial and charter school students in schools without their particular sport to try out for public high school sports in the cities where they live. But the Minneapolis Public School District abruptly ended that arrangement this fall.

9/17/2014

9/17/2014

Schools and districts in the state made modest gains in performance this past school year, according to report cards released by the Department of Public Instruction. Overall, four out of five schools and nearly all districts met or exceeded expectations. There were 116 schools that received the highest rating, up from 86 the previous year.

9/17/2014

A proposed program redesign at the university would raise the requirements for many aspiring preschool, elementary and middle school teachers. Instead of offering a teaching bachelor’s degree, the school plans to offer a master’s of arts in teaching program that could be completed in about one additional year with undergraduate or summer course work.

9/17/2014

Pennsylvania law forbids guns in schools, but there is a carve-out for firearms used for lawful purposes. A new bill would clarify ambiguous language and offer the option of extra protection for rural districts that rely on state police.

9/17/2014

San Francisco will become the first city in California to close a major loophole in laws that are supposed to keep schoolchildren safe during earthquakes. The city's board of supervisors approved a law that would require private schools to find out if classroom buildings would collapse in an earthquake.

9/17/2014

The Manatee School District’s new elementary school security guards will be unarmed due to legal concerns. The district will wait for a legal interpretation decision to be made by Florida's attorney general on schools and weapons. The decision is another twist in the district’s controversial decision to hire a private firm, Sarasota Security Patrol Inc., to post armed guards at its elementaries.

9/17/2014

A controversial new school efficiency panel has drafted a list of policy recommendations, including incentives for Kansas school districts to consolidate, and potential restrictions on teacher bargaining rights and state aid for bond issues.

9/16/2014

9/16/2014

A positive reinforcement program has now expanded to 20 buildings in Rapid City area schools. First implemented two years ago, the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support system has created a culture where students are rewarded for good behavior, rather than getting attention for disrupting a classroom.

9/16/2014

Initial performance audits of West Virginia schools will begin this week as part of a new statewide assessment program. Among the reasons for the visits are to identify professional development needs, assess the adequacy of school buildings, and determine if schools are in compliance with state school board policies.

9/16/2014

After a recent student athlete's collapse and emergency medical situation, several school districts around the Kansas City area are reviewing their policies in the unfortunate event that a high school athlete collapses during a game. All have similar protocols that dictate how the situation is handled from the team trainers to the hospital.

9/16/2014

For children across the country, returning to school means eating mass-produced lunches. But Oakland's school system is implementing an ambitious plan to transform their lunch program to provide healthier, locally-sourced food.

9/16/2014

Maine public schools have a new obligation to help support children of military families. A new military questionnaire will be arriving at homes across the state to help school leaders identify military children. The goal is to help accommodate these students by providing them with support and consistency when their parent(s) are deployed.

9/16/2014

Starting in October, state officials will take several steps to revamp Louisiana's publicly funded early childhood education programs. The state's education department will manage early-childhood programs while pre-school report cards will measure teaching, care and education. Coordinated enrollment systems, increased funding and other elements will be included in the changes.

9/16/2014

Five Mississippi school districts have joined the fight to recover their share of almost $134 million owed to them by the Mississippi under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. The new districts will be joined into the same legal action with the original 14 districts that allege the state violated laws requiring full funding of the MAEP formula.

9/15/2014

9/15/2014

Truancy and chronic absenteeism rates across California cost school districts billions of dollars in state funding each year, and it's getting worse. About 250,000 elementary school students were chronically absent last year, which means each child missed at least 10 percent of the 180-day school year.

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