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8/11/2014

8/11/2014

An Indianapolis Star study of all 50 state high school athletic associations shows that Indiana's stance on transfers falls in the middle compared to both the toughest and most lenient restrictions. But the process, in comparison to other states, can be construed as murky or confusing and at times leaves the association open to second-guessing.

8/11/2014

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights has found probable cause that discrimination did occur in the Hibbing School District. The department was investigating allegations of discrimination, but it was not made public who or what was under investigation.

8/8/2014

8/8/2014

Under expanded school choice, the relationship between Chicago and its neighborhood elementary schools is undergoing a sea change, reshaping the school system and the city’s culture. In 2000, 74 percent of Chicago’s elementary kids went to their assigned neighborhood grammar school. Today, just 62 percent do — and that number is falling, according to numbers obtained by WBEZ.

8/8/2014

Although New York spends the most per capita in the nation on its schools, the Alliance for Quality Education and other education groups charge that New York hasn't upheld a 2006 court order to increase aid to schools by $5.5 billion by 2011 and has also not repaid schools for cuts made during the recession.

8/8/2014

Washington County's public school district will be one of only four in the nation to use special software to track students' social media posts with the idea to keep students safe. Any public post to a social media site on school grounds in Washington County will be run through a new system and checked for certain flag words.

8/8/2014

Arlington's school district is partnering with the University of Texas at Arlington to set up a free, dual-credit academy for seventh- and eighth-grade students who want to study STEM. The STEM Academy will open at one of the district's high schools in August 2015.

8/8/2014

Teachers and students in Washington County's district will be on a new schedule, with longer days Monday through Thursday and Fridays off. The superintendent first thought of the idea, not necessarily as a money-saving measure, but rather as a hiring perk for new teachers.

8/8/2014

The New Jersey State Board of Education took the first formal step to modify the teacher evaluation process to reduce the importance of student test scores for the upcoming school year. The proposed changes are in response to teachers' outcry that their evaluations will be based on scores of a new and unproven computer-based test that will be given to students this spring.

8/8/2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill calling for the evaluation of the need for audible alarms on public school building doors, in commemoration of the Avonte Oquendo tragedy.

8/7/2014

8/7/2014

Citing chronically overcrowded schools and the need for technology, the Salinas Union High School District Board of Trustees voted to place a $128 million bond on the November 4 ballot. The bond measure aims to address upgrading and repairing existing schools and installing updated technological hardware and infrastructure.

8/7/2014

An initiative proposing a new teacher evaluation method has won approval to appear on the November ballot in Missouri. The proposal would limit tenure protections for public school staff and require them to be evaluated largely on student achievement.

8/7/2014

Gov. Corbett said that he would advance the troubled Philadelphia school system $265 million. Officials said that action - which represents no new revenue or savings - could still result in layoffs, a shortened school year, and class sizes of 40 and more students.

8/7/2014

Public school officials in Florida, Texas and Georgia know the unaccompanied minors are already in their states, mainly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. But they don't know how many will end up enrolling and where.

8/7/2014

New Mexico's Office of the State Auditor is questioning how several Albuquerque public charter schools are spending money from the state. The auditors office says the aviation-focused schools didn’t follow a transparent bidding process for planes and that it appears the founder gave his own company an unfair advantage.

8/7/2014

A new program in Tennessee will allow some students to finish high school and their first two years of college at the same time. Middle College is a collaboration between Roane State Community College and Roane County Schools.

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