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11/24/2014

11/24/2014

Ohio school districts are supposed to be alerted whenever one of their bus drivers is charged with breaking the law — on the job or away from work. The statewide system set up to make those notifications, however, doesn’t always function as intended, according to an analysis by WBNS-TV.

11/24/2014

The Texas State Board of Education, whose decisions can have national ramifications, on Friday approved nearly 100 textbooks despite criticism the books exaggerated the influence biblical figures had in forming the U.S. system of government.

11/24/2014

Charter school advocates demand that the New York City schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña, release data to support her accusation that those schools push some students out before they take state tests and later replace them with high-scoring children

11/24/2014

LAUSD will pay out $139 million in settlements in the Miramonte Elementary School child abuse scandal, bringing nearer to a close the costly and lengthy case that led to changes in state law and district policies. The payouts will go to settle about 150 legal claims from former Miramonte students who were subjected to a third-grade teacher's lewd acts.

11/21/2014

11/21/2014

Three months after the former superintendent axed a controversial contract with Apple and Pearson, interim LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines is planning to spend $22 million in bond money under that same contract to buy more than 20,000 iPads for standardized tests in the spring.

11/21/2014

The head of the School Development Authority, which oversees school construction projects in New Jersey, said there is more than $260 million in reserve accounts available for necessary repair work at education facilities. The agency also has the ability to bond for another $200 million to pay for projects.

11/21/2014

With little public notice or community involvement, Chicago Public Schools again changed the way it rates its schools. The current ratings — Levels 1, 2 and 3 — were to be replaced by Tiers 1 through 5. CPS decided instead to keep the Levels names and add in two “-plus” Levels, keeping the names that were familiar to parents.

11/21/2014

Last week, it appeared that Charter Day School, Inc had finally put an end to more than a month of wrangling with state regulators when it turned over salary data for administrators working at the schools. But the salary list does not include that of the son of the schools' founder.

11/21/2014

The Woodland Public School District cancel all classes and school activities through the Thanksgiving break due to a high infection frequency of mononucleosis in the community. During that time, all school buildings will be disinfected.

11/21/2014

Newark is a hard place to grow up. The district, though, has no uniform response for the death of a student or any other violent event that takes place outside school grounds. As a result of community violence, one of the specific challenges that the schools struggle with is really keeping students engaged and hopeful about the future.

11/21/2014

In-school suspension rates at Ed White Middle School in San Antonio dropped 75 percent over two years as a result of an initiative that disciplines students through community accountability created by UT researcher Marilyn Armour. A key factor is holding students accountable for their mistakes by communicating with those involved.

11/21/2014

Schools in Ferguson, Missouri, released plans to ensure that students are off the streets - possibly including closing schools - ahead of the grand jury verdict in the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Whenever a decision is handed down, the entire district's 23 schools could close if the decision is released during a school day.

11/20/2014

11/20/2014

A judge will hear arguments in a lawsuit filed against the Aberdeen-Matawan School District by a family who claim the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance discriminates against children with atheist beliefs.

11/20/2014

Boston charter schools are far more likely than traditional school systems to suspend students, usually for minor infractions such as violating dress codes or being disrespectful, a high-risk disciplinary action that could cause students to disengage from their classes, according to a Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice report.

11/20/2014

President Obama launched a new effort to assist school leaders in their transition to digital learning with the Future Ready Digital Pledge as part of the President’s ConnectED initiative. The pledge asks school superintendents to foster a culture of learning through technology, among other points.

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