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5/7/2014

5/7/2014

The Broward County School Baord voted to ask voters to approve a 30-year, $800 million bond referendum this fall. The bond funding would only cover a third of the district's $2 billion in capital needs. The district is still determining which projects would get funded.

5/7/2014

For years, the Florida district's schools have partnered with non-profits to build edible gardens as teaching tools at schools. The district is looking to move one step further by growing organic community gardens on vacant and underutilized school board properties.

5/6/2014

5/6/2014

The Colorado Senate approved a small rollback of state social studies testing. The bill would cancel next fall’s 12th grade online social studies tests and delay them until the fall of 2014. The tests were given for the first time to fourth and seventh-grade students statewide this spring.

5/6/2014

Making a case for a massive infusion of new funding, Philadelphia School District officials told the city council that it had an obligation to do more. Without $216 million in new funding, the district may increase class sizes to up to 41 students, lay off 1,000 employees including teachers and cancel union contracts.

5/6/2014

The School Nutrition Association and a number of schools are calling on Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ease up on the next round of federal healthy food requirements, due July 1.

5/6/2014

The Massachusetts city's proposed $446 million school budget for fiscal year 2015 will cut central office positions by 20 percent, mostly through attrition, and institute a hiring freeze to avoid layoffs of teachers. State funding will barely increase while federal grant money will decrease.

5/6/2014

Students have been prohibited from carrying backpacks for years at Franklin Regional, but they are now being asked to replace the allowed drawstring bags with clear plastic bags provided by the schools. The precaution is intended to "bring an added sense of safety and security during the school day as the school community continues to heal," said district spokeswoman Mary Catherine Reljac.

5/6/2014

Lawmakers decided to put the brakes on draft legislation that would allow a student to attend any school in the state. The Open Enrollment/Home School Pilot bill is on hold to enable Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee members to spend more time discussing its provisions and talking with local superintendents about the plan’s logistics.

5/5/2014

5/5/2014

Indiana schools could face sanctions under the federal No Child Left Behind law if the state cannot satisfactorily answer U.S. Department of Education concerns in 60 days about its plans for instituting its new standards.

5/5/2014

Philadelphia schools has released a progress report that shows three times as many high schools require intervention as compared to successful “models.” Six high schools were categorized as “models,” nine were marked as needing reinforcement, 12 as needing watching and 18 as needing intervention.

5/5/2014

The Iowa Department of Education plans to issue guidance to school districts that use free and reduced-price meal data to help determine attendance boundaries. The move comes in the wake of a heated school board discussion over the use of numbers from the federal meals program to redraw elementary school boundaries.

5/5/2014

Chicago Public Schools has released a proposed $423-million capital plan that is nearly triple what the district proposed this time last year in spending to upgrade its schools. This year’s projects include building the new Barack Obama College Prep and annexes for four overcrowded schools.

5/5/2014

Common Core would be replaced with education standards developed in South Carolina by the 2015-16 school year. The bill, which passed 42-0, is a compromise of legislation that initially sought to repeal the math and reading standards that have been rolled out in classrooms statewide.

5/5/2014

A bill that began as a straight ban on implementing the Common Core but now focuses on a process to adopt new standards won approval in the Missouri Senate. In the meantime, the Common Core statewide assessments that sparked the push for this bill would be used in schools starting next year.

5/5/2014

Educators from across North Carolina came together Saturday to find their voice and tell Raleigh lawmakers what they think will keep public schools strong. The forum – Keeping North Carolina Public Schools Strong – was a first for Raleigh-based Public Schools First NC, a nonpartisan public education advocacy group.

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