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4/9/2015

4/9/2015

A new bill introduced in the state Senate aims to end the uncertainty of exactly how many students participated in PARCC testing. The proposal would require all schools to publicly release test participation rates within five days of the conclusion of testing.

4/9/2015

Colorado schools are not required to obtain written parental consent before students take part in an every-other-year health and behavior survey, according to a formal opinion from the state Attorney General.

4/8/2015

4/8/2015

A restriction prohibiting sex offenders from living or working within 1,000 feet of schools made a patchwork path of nearly half of Michigan's Grand Rapids off-limits to people on a statewide registry. A federal judge in Detroit has ruled that the "geographic exclusion zones" are unconstitutional.

4/8/2015

A plan to save the St. Francis Elementary School by combining classes and elderly assisted living under one roof is aimed at preventing Maine's School Administrative District 27 from shutting down the tiny school because of declining enrollments and rising education costs.

4/8/2015

Under a new bill, Oregon elementary schools would be barred from suspending or expelling students for causing repeated disruption or other minor disciplinary problems. The policy takes aim at disciplinary tactics that some schools may disproportionately use against minority students and students with disabilities.

4/8/2015

A sweeping House proposal would increase per-pupil funding by $3 billion for 94 percent of the state’s 5.2 million public school students — with some school districts in wealthy areas, or those not currently collecting local property taxes at high enough rates, virtually the only ones left out.

4/8/2015

Two key senators have announced a bipartisan agreement on rewriting the No Child Left Behind education law. Students would still take annual tests. But states would have more control over how the results are used to scrutinize schools.

4/8/2015

Maine’s high school graduation rate increased slightly to 86.5 percent for 2013-14, and remains in the top 10 states in the nation. The state ranks sixth for its limited English proficiency graduation rate and 12th for its economically disadvantaged student graduation rate.

4/7/2015

4/7/2015

Gov. Butch Otter signed a $125.5 million career ladder teacher salary bill into law. Over five years, the career ladder is designed to give all teachers a raise every year — starting with a $33.5 million boost in state funding in 2015-16.

4/7/2015

The teaching of yoga in Encinitas USD's schools does not represent an illegal attempt at religious indoctrination, an appeals court ruled. A three-judge panel upheld a decision by the San Diego Superior Court that the yoga program is devoid of any religious, mystical or spiritual trappings.

4/7/2015

Students who don't participate in Kentucky's assessment system will receive a "0" score, which will be included in the school's accountability calculation, according to state Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.

4/7/2015

More than 170 schools across the state could face a takeover if they don't boost their lagging academic performance. The new law means the targeted schools  most of them from big urban school districts like New York, Rochester and Yonkers — will have to act briskly or face the prospect of ceding control to an outside entity.

4/7/2015

Beginning next month, Connecticut's State Board of Education is expected to use a new more rigorous process to decide whether to renew the charters of six existing charter schools. The legislature is also currently considering a bill that would bolster charter school transparency and accountability.

4/7/2015

Duncan Public Schools is investigating an allegation of an elementary teacher passing out Bibles in a classroom. The Appignani Humanist Legal Center, a national nonprofit organization whose legal center focuses on separation-of-church-and-state issues, argues the incident violates the First Amendment.

4/7/2015

The Senate passed a modified version of Gov. Larry Hogan's bill to promote charter schools in Maryland and sent it to the House. Some original language was stripped out exempting charters from union representation and requiring local school boards to provide more money to the schools.

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