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10/16/2014

10/16/2014

General state aid for Wisconsin's public school districts increased by $94.4 million from last year, an increase of 2.1 percent. The actual amount of aid that the state’s 424 public school districts will receive is $85.5 million more than due to statutory reductions to general state aid for private voucher schools in Milwaukee and independent charter schools supported by state tax dollars.

10/16/2014

A Southern California school district has settled a government claim that it discriminated against a transgender student who said she was forbidden to wear makeup, was harassed by other children and was encouraged to change schools. The Downey USD agreed to give the teenager access to the same facilities and activities as other female students

10/15/2014

10/15/2014

A California school district settled a claim with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights that alleged officials discriminated against a transgender elementary school student. Downey USD agreed, among other things, to give the student access to female-dedicated facilities and to provide students with age-appropriate information on gender identity.

10/15/2014

At Minnesota's River Bend, teachers try yoga and other strategies to help children control their own emotions. They hope that some can leave the school's locked corridors eventually and return to a traditional classroom. While yoga won't cure a behavioral disorder, it seems to be helping some kids.

10/15/2014

For the first time in 15 years, Massachusetts education officials probably will not be approving any new independently run charter schools this year, a prospect that is stunning proponents and applicants.

10/15/2014

A plan to serve alcohol on school grounds has drawn criticism from the community, but Lebanon Community School Corporation is defending the decision. Under new policies that the school board will vote on next week, certain events outside school hours would provide the option through a catering company to bring in beer and wine.

10/15/2014

The Maryland county plans to spend $9.8 million over the next three years to expand the school security system. By the end of the program, every Baltimore County public school will have a network of surveillance cameras that police can monitor remotely. Every school door would be locked and require an identification card to open.

10/15/2014

A school safety task force will recommend that South Carolina schools practice more safety lockdown drills, have more school resource officers and more school psychologists. The task force will also recommend the creation of a risk and vulnerability assessment team or teams that would check the school safety plans of every school and district.

10/14/2014

10/14/2014

The Arkansas Board of Education passed a final rule that all public schools would receive an annual report card; however they decided to not include grading alternative learning environment schools. What letter grade a school receives will be based on a point system, including factors such as weighted performance improvement and graduation rates.

10/14/2014

North Carolina’s ambitious new Opportunity Scholarship voucher program is being expedited to the state’s Supreme Court after the body announced that it will exercise a rarely-used right to have a case come before it without exhausting proceedings at lower court levels.

10/14/2014

The U.S. Department of Education announced 27 new grants today totaling $39.7 million under the Charter Schools Program to expand high quality charter schools, and open new charter schools across the nation. These grants will support charter schools’ efforts to address high-need students’ needs, especially in underserved areas, in 12 states.

10/14/2014

Arizona has received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind. The extension is through the 2014-2015 school year. Arizona’s initial waiver request was approved in July 2012.

10/14/2014

All classes and school activities were canceled until further notice in South Burlington School District as teachers prepared to begin a strike. Sports, after-school programs and other extracurricular activities and programs will also be canceled. The union and the school board have been negotiating for 10 months for a new contract.

10/14/2014

The Jefferson County Board of Education gave the go-ahead for the Catalpa School, a Waldorf-inspired arts school, to start as a K5 school replacing Maupin Elementary. The school will eventually expand to include eighth grade. The state selected JCPS as a District of Innovation, giving it waivers from some state education rules to allow it to experiment.

10/14/2014

A Wake County school board committee backed a proposal to add five new magnet schools next school year that would increase access for students to take courses in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Under the proposal, the magnet schools would be part of the district's new K-12 immersion/global studies theme.

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