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12/1/2014

12/1/2014

A group of South Carolina school districts recently won a two-decade legal battle over disparate differences in school funding and quality. Yet, while the case bounced around state courtrooms for 21 years, the gap between the state's urban and rural counties grew in several quality-of-life metrics.

12/1/2014

New York State charter schools have made more than $28 million in questionable expenditures since 2002. The Center for Popular Democracy’s analysis of previous charter school audits found investigators uncovered probable financial mismanagement in 95 percent of the schools they examined.

12/1/2014

Sixty-five Illinois superintendents are asking for drastic changes to the way their districts receive state money in Vision 20/20. Suggested changes include changing the budget process to allow schools to know what state money they'll receive before making spending decisions.

11/26/2014

11/26/2014

With schools closed for the holiday, DA Daily is taking Thursday and Friday off. We will return on Monday with the latest news and opinion from across K12.

11/26/2014

The plan approved by Pittsburgh Public Schools' board runs from July 2015 through June 2018. Some changes were made to the original plan as a result of feedback, including increasing teacher-led professional development, providing more professional development on culturally responsive teaching techniques and more.

11/26/2014

Enrollment in Oregon charter schools set a new record last year, with 5 percent of Oregon public school students enrolled in one of the state's many and varied charter schools. Charter school enrollment has nearly doubled in the past five years, from 15,400 in 2008-2009 to 28,600 last year.

11/26/2014

The timeline for building a new Spanish immersion school in Sioux Falls might be in jeopardy because of a proposal by state lawmakers to put new limits on K12 capital budgets. Public school capital outlay funds would be capped under the terms of a proposal introduced last week by a legislative committee.

11/26/2014

For the first time in years, the New Jersey school district is reporting an on-time graduation rate of more than 50 percent for 2014. A total of 52.9 percent of students completed high school within four years, graduating on time in 2014, which district officials attribute to stability and staff.

11/26/2014

Chicago preschoolers who attended a full-day preschool program rather than a half-day had higher scores on measures of school readiness skills, including language, math, social development and physical health, researchers from the University of Minnesota reported.

11/26/2014

Amid long-running concerns that it’s too easy to become a teacher, the White House announced new draft regulations that could overhaul the way teacher preparation programs are held accountable for their graduates' performance.

11/25/2014

11/25/2014

After the issue drew heavy debate during the 2014 legislative session, a House Republican is bringing back a proposal that could lead to some public school employees or volunteers carrying guns on campus.

11/25/2014

The Pennsylvania city's Superintendent Linda Lane told the Basic Education Funding Commission that she favors a formula that considers enrollment, equity and student populations that require more resources, such as homeless students, English language learners or those with mental health needs.

11/25/2014

A Superior Court judge has invalidated the state of Alaska's requirement that local school districts help pay for education, which could leave a cash-strapped state on the hook for more than $220 million in additional funding statewide.

11/25/2014

Indiana Supreme Court justices quizzed lawyers in a case over school busing fees about the limit of the state's constitutional guarantee of a free public education. What the court decides could have broad consequences for cash-strapped school districts throughout the state, as they look for additional funding.

11/25/2014

The Middletown Area School Board approved a bond refinancing proposal that could save Dauphin County Technical School around $1 million. The district could see lower tuition payments to the tech school in the near future.

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