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6/3/2014

6/3/2014

State attorneys filed a motion seeking to remove the presiding judge in the long-running Texas school finance case because of alleged improper communications – primarily e-mails – between the judge and lawyers for the plaintiff school districts.

6/3/2014

United Neighborhood Organization has agreed to have an outside monitor review its contracts for a year to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission complaint that the charter school group operator defrauded investors in a $37.5 million bond offering by misleading them about conflicts of interest in giving contracts.

6/3/2014

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey filed lawsuits against seven school districts, accusing them of discriminating against immigrant families by requiring government-issued identification from parents trying to enroll their children.

6/3/2014

New York's Education Department is asking almost 4,000 schools to administer trial tests that would be used only for the development of future tests. At least five local districts are refusing to give state "field tests" to students, saying that too much time is already lost to standardized testing.

6/3/2014

Some of the most successful public schools in Maryland and Virginia are also the most crowded. Rapid population growth coupled with limited funding of new school construction has left dozens of public schools operating above recommended enrollment - and led some schools to the widespread use of portable classrooms.

6/3/2014

Paterson education officials may soon regain partial control over city schools for the first time in 23 years. The New Jersey Board of Education will vote on a resolution this week that would give the city's nine elected school commissioners control over operations while leaving the most important functions in the state’s hands.

6/2/2014

6/2/2014

The couple's gift will be spread over the next five years and is the biggest allocation to date of the $1.1 billion in Facebook stock the couple pledged last year to the nonprofit Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

6/2/2014

On Thursday the House Committee on Appropriations passed a budget bill that would allow schools whose food programs have been losing money for six months to apply to opt out of the nutritional guidelines for 12 months.

 

6/2/2014

A fresh breeze has been blowing through Kyrene School District, which is moving away from standardization in education and focusing instead on personalized learning experiences for children, Superintendent David Schauer says.

6/2/2014

The measure seeking to update the state’s 26-year-old sex education curriculum passed the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday by a 9-2 vote, but Sen. Mike Fair, R-Greenville, placed a procedural hold on its advancement to the Senate floor.

 

6/2/2014

In New Orleans, school is out for the summer. But in the city's largest school district, the last traditional public schools have closed their doors permanently, making this the first all-charter district in the country. This transition started after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city in 2005.

6/2/2014

Lawmakers in Jefferson City said the legislation would protect students from intruders and reduce the risk of a deadly mass shooting such as the one in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

6/2/2014

Average daily attendance in the Pasadena Unified School District during fall semester of 2013 was higher than during the same period in 2012, according to the truancy data. The higher attendance equals more dollars for the district.

5/30/2014

5/30/2014

A New York high school is the latest in the nation to ban backpacks following several bomb threats, and has even taken extra steps, including sealing up students' lockers. Students at Wantagh High School are being forced to carry their books and belongings in plastic bags and submit to searches when entering the building. But the sealing up of lockers is taking school security to a new level.

5/30/2014

The House Appropriations Committee passed an agriculture budget bill that included nearly $21 billion for child nutrition that would allow schools to opt out of White House nutritional guidelines passed in 2012. The guidelines added more fruits and green vegetables to school meals and reduced the amount of salt and fat children consume at schools.

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