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2/10/2014

2/10/2014

There's "no appetite" for passing a bill this year that imposes sanctions against poorly performing public or private voucher schools, says Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. Instead, the Senate will pursue a more limited school accountability bill that focuses on having private schools report the same data as public schools without a major overhaul of the report card.

2/10/2014

After he heard about the children in Utah whose school lunches were thrown out because their parents were behind on payments, Kenny Thompson was worried about the elementary school kids he tutored and mentored in Houston, Texas. So he went in to check whether they were getting the proper nutrition. What he found disappointed him.

2/10/2014

Administrators in Ohio's largest school district are weighing a plan to close seven buildings, including two high schools, forcing relocation of 2,500 students. A decision in favor of shuttering Brookhaven and Independence high schools would mark the first high school closures in the district in more than 30 years.

2/10/2014

Thousands of Wake County, N.C., students spent the first of four Saturday mornings in school recently to make up snow days. School officials say that the 38 multitrack year-round schools hold make-up days on Saturdays because they don’t have the space or time on weekdays. In the multitrack calendar, students are in class every week except winter break and the first week of July.

2/10/2014

A new code of conduct encourages school staffers to develop alternative strategies and options for dealing with disciplinary issues, including conflict resolution techniques, anger coping therapy and intervention programs. The code seems to be paying off, as the latest results show a 36 percent drop in school suspensions.

2/10/2014

Less than four months after StudentFirst charter school opened, those dreams collapsed amid allegations of mismanagement, nepotism and financial irregularities. Overdue bills had the school on the brink of bankruptcy. Students were going without textbooks, losing teachers and taking long naps during the day, consultants reported. The board of directors fired school founders Handford and Moss, who are now suing the board they once recruited.

2/10/2014

Business leaders visit classes to give students a head start after high school in a specific trade, preparing them for a higher education degree and helping them learn how to pursue jobs. And it has become an entryway not only into the professional world, but also into learning the basic skills needed to survive adulthood.

2/7/2014

2/7/2014

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's somewhat bruised effort to improve public school education took a backseat recently to initiatives aimed at adding preschool seats and making a college education available to more residents. Malloy saved the end of his State of the State address to push for universal preschool by expanding state-supported early childhood education spaces by 4,000 over the next five years.

2/7/2014

Two state lawmakers are chastising Oklahoma school districts that are planning to give teachers and students a day off so they can lobby for more education funding at the state Capitol.

2/7/2014

The North Carolina Board of Education unanimously voted not to renew PACE Academy’s charter, based on the recommendation of the state’s charter school advisory board. The school will have 60 days to appeal the decision.

2/7/2014

Superintendents of public school districts in Michigan's Washtenaw County are discussing ways to bring in more funding for special education—which could mean a proposal before voters in November. State law allows for intermediate school districts to levy a tax for special education.

2/7/2014

More than 13,000 students were out of school Thursday—and likely will remain so through Monday—after teachers in southern Oregon's largest district went on strike. The walkout Thursday in the Medford School District occurred after all-night bargaining yielded no results. No new talks are scheduled until Saturday, and the district has canceled classes through Monday.

2/7/2014

Some say because Easton ASD in Pennsylvania has slashed so many teachers and programs in recent years, it should have a charter school in the district that will have smaller class sizes and provide more hands-on learning for children. Others say the cash-strapped school district shouldn't have a charter school that would "drain the district of money" and take some of its children away.

2/7/2014

Ideological rivals Diane DeBacker and Dave Trabert found common ground recently with agreement during a Kansas legislative hearing that an educational testing gap between poor and wealthy students continues to widen in the state. Union of thought on a solution to that statistical predicament, however, wasn’t to be found during a joint appearance before House and Senate education committee members.

2/6/2014

2/6/2014

Portland Public Schools teachers have authorized the first strike in the history of Oregon's largest school system and set a walkout date: Feb. 20. Union president says she hopes parents will honor picket lines and not send their children to school if a strike occurs.

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