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3/21/2014

3/21/2014
The House Finance Committee moved a bill that would eliminate the high school competency examination. The move would save the state $2.7 million.
3/21/2014
Wisconsin's Assembly voted to pass with bipartisan support a more limited Senate version of the proposed expansive school accountability reform bill. The bill requires private voucher and independent charter schools to provide student information and test results to the state by 2015-16.

3/20/2014

3/20/2014
The Kansas Supreme Court set out a new standard for determining whether the state has met its obligation to provide adequate funding for public schools. Education officials are questioning how the standard will actually work in allocating the money to schools.
3/20/2014
Missouri’s K12 schools are underfunded by $656 million in the 2013-2014 school year, according to a study from the Missouri Budget Project. The study, which uses the state’s “foundation formula” adopted by lawmakers in 2005, says funding for this year is 17 percent below its required level.
3/20/2014
A Florida district that has long subjected misbehaving students to corporal punishment announced it would be suspending and possibly banning the practice. Santa Rosa County officials decided to phase out the practice in order to protect teachers from potential liability issues.
3/20/2014
With 45 percent of its kids on food stamps, Arkansas ranks first in food insecurity. The state stepped up its efforts in 2010 with a program partnership with Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. Since then, 1.5 million additional school breakfasts have been served to students in the state.
3/20/2014
Wake County board members praised Superintendent Jim Merrill’s budget proposal, which calls for a $39 million increase in funding. Merrill is looking to bring Wake County to the top of the state in local per-pupil funding and reach the national average in teacher pay by 2020.
3/20/2014
Colorado is poised to direct an additional $300 million in state funding to K12 education. A proposal on how to allocate the new funding for kindergarten, literacy programs, English-language learners, charter schools and improved technology had bipartisan support from the House Education Committee.

3/19/2014

3/19/2014
Districts across the state asked the West Virginia School Building Authority (SBA) for funding for various projects. A total of 19 counties plan to ask for funding, adding up to over $100 million in requests, with the SBA only planning to award about $45 million.
3/19/2014
Midway through Highbridge Green School’s first year, parents and educators are grappling with what parent involvement will look like going forward with daily operations and long-term visions. The middle school's creation was spurred by United Parents of Highbridge, a group that was lobbying New York City to create a middle school.
3/19/2014
Little Kids Rock and Berklee College of Music are partnering with New York City's Department of Education to expand the district’s Modern Band music program to an additional 60,000 students in 600 city schools. The donated services and resources for the "Amp Up NYC" initiative are estimated at $10 million.
3/19/2014
The organization is donating $2.6 million in grant funding to create 850 new seats in what it deems high-performing schools. Building 21, a new district-run high school opening this year, will receive $2 million from the grant in startup cash over four years.
3/19/2014
At the end of the last semester, the Lawrence district took over management of Lawrence Virtual High School from K12 Inc., a private company that had been running the school, after it posted a graduation rate of just 26.3 percent. The move comes as district officials begin to question the effectiveness of virtual schools generally.
3/19/2014
The St. Paul board backed a five-year strategic plan the district dubbed Strong Schools, Strong Communities 2.0. The approval came without the intense debate triggered by Superintendent Valeria Silva's original Strong Schools proposal three years ago.
3/19/2014
The Orleans Parish School Board and Recovery School District approved a major cooperative agreement that focuses on coordinating and improving services for students with disabilities, severe behavior problems, persistent truancy or criminal histories.

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