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3/7/2014

3/7/2014

A National Center for Education Statistics survey reported that over half the nation's public schools need to be repaired, renovated or modernized. Getting these schools in good condition would cost about $197 billion.

3/7/2014

A Palm Beach County School Board proposal would divide the county into four or five regional zones. Students would still get assigned to specific schools, but their parents could more easily opt out and choose from other schools in their area.

3/7/2014

The upcoming ruling on a landmark school funding case could force lawmakers to spend $600 million more annually on education. The lawsuit alleges that the Legislature abandoned its constitutional obligation to suitably fund elementary and secondary schools.

3/7/2014

A bill to put the brakes on virtual charter schools was approved by the Senate and quickly vetoed by Gov. LePage. The bill aimed to stop the creation of virtual schools while the Department of Education develops its own online offerings.

3/7/2014

A bill was advanced to tweak how letter grades are given to schools based on year-end testing and graduation rates. One change would end the practice of giving an automatic F grade if schools fail to test at least 95 percent of students.

3/6/2014

3/6/2014

Saying its college admission exams do not focus enough on the important academic skills, the College Board announced a fundamental rethinking of the SAT, eliminating obligatory essays, ending the longstanding penalty for guessing wrong and cutting obscure vocabulary words.

3/6/2014

The Union County School Board, in a surprise vote, approved a redistricting plan before an upset crowd that will require 3,200 out of 41,800 students to switch schools. The plan was amended to exempt current fourth and seventh-graders and all high school students, as long as they provided their own transportation.

3/6/2014

The school board passed a resolution opposing the state’s plan to offer pay raises to top teachers in return for giving up tenure rights. They charged that the new contracts would hurt teachers’ morale, inhibit their spirit of collaboration and would not fairly pay enough teachers for their hard work.

3/6/2014

A new statewide tally shows 35 out of 252 school budgets were defeated in town meeting voting, the most since 2003, as voters reacted to the possibilities of increased local school tax rates and state property rates.

3/6/2014

Almost half of the students text or email while driving, only one in five are eating their fruits and veggies every day and an increasing number are playing video games for more than three hours a day, according to the Ohio Department of Health's Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

3/6/2014

Rep. Rick Stream, the House budget committee chairman, proposed increasing K12 public schools' funding at Governor Nixon’s recommended amount of $278 million for fiscal year 2015—but only if Nixon’s revenue estimate of 5.2 percent growth proves true.

3/5/2014

3/5/2014

The school populations of Nevada and Arizona are expected to increase by 20 percent in the next decade—but these states also are in the bottom 10 on the list of per-pupil spending.

3/5/2014

Over 100 at-risk youth from Buffalo's Brighter Choice Charter Schools attend a bi-weekly after-school academy that promotes the sciences at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

3/5/2014

A new Harvard School of Public Health study comparing vegetable and fruit consumption before and after federally mandated standards in 2012 showed that the students did actually eat more of each while the amount of waste left behind remained similar to before the standards were changed.

3/5/2014

A controversial bill allowing people to keep guns locked and out of sight in parked cars on school property passed the Indiana House, with mostly Republican support.

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