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9/24/2014

9/24/2014

Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay.

9/24/2014

The Louisiana Education Department and three local public school systems have been awarded $1.7 million to prevent violence and address it when it occurs. The grants are part of a federal program to improve school safety since the 2012 mass shootings in Sandy Hook, Conn.

9/24/2014

School districts are required by law to provide transportation, if needed, to fulfill students’ special needs and they use a variety of methods to do that. Sometimes that means transporting students miles away from home by car service, taxi and even employee’s personal vehicles to get them to a specialized school.

9/24/2014

A big change is coming to the way Minnesota’s high school seniors are measured for their proficiency in learning. After 2013 legislative action, instead of testing seniors with the GRAD test as they exit, all 11th graders will be required to take the ACT in the spring of their junior year. The test will be paid for by the state and given at local schools.

9/24/2014

Shawnee Mission School District Superintendent Jim Hinson proposed asking voters for a $223 million bond issue to pay for upgraded security, new and remodeled schools and a new aquatics center, among other projects.

9/24/2014

The Tennessee State Board of Education denied a proposed charter school in Cheatham County. The board made the decision following an appeal hearing with the supporters of Cumberland Academy and the Cheatham County school district. Two critical areas of concern were the financial plan and educational plan for special-education students.

9/24/2014

A fight for better funding in 16 rural New Jersey school districts has led to a lawsuit filed by the Education Law Center against the New Jersey Department of Education. The majority of the schools districts listed in the lawsuit and have been be inadequately funded when compared to other districts, the complaint argues.

9/23/2014

9/23/2014

New Education Department statistics say 1.3 million homeless children were enrolled in U.S. schools in the 2012-2013 school year, an 8 percent increase from the previous school year. School districts reported that nearly 76,000 of these students were living on their own.

9/23/2014

The state will survey more than 700 school districts to determine how they are implementing New York's anti-bullying and harassment law. The survey will ask for information on steps and actions the districts have taken to implement core provisions of the Dignity for all Students Act.

9/23/2014

In the wake of the deaths of five Lexington County children, some weigh whether a statewide, uniform policy on school absences is needed. According to the State Department of Education, there is no uniform requirement on when and how schools should notify parents of an absent student.

9/23/2014

The district plans to appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court a lower court ruling that could allow a Bethlehem charter school to open a second location. The legal battle centers around the charter school wanting to open a dedicated middle school in a shuttered Catholic school. Bethlehem school officials argue state law prohibits that.

9/23/2014

The number of Denver students in high-performing schools in Denver declined 1 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to data released by Denver Public Schools. Of the district’s 154 schools, 60 percent of students attend a school rated in the top two categories.

9/23/2014

A statewide amendment on the November 2014 ballot would make it harder for the Alabama Legislature to impose new requirements on school systems without providing money to pay for the changes. Supporters say it would provide schools with the same protections city and county governments have had for years.

9/23/2014

The state House passed a multi-faceted education bill that streamlines the school construction approval process, creates a publicly accessible database to monitor school spending, and puts into law an option for dealing with school closures due to weather emergencies.

9/22/2014

9/22/2014

Education advocates say adding health care services, parenting classes and community events will help people in under-served communities engage more with their schools. T

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