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8/4/2014

8/4/2014

Over the next two years, new technology will arrive in 36 Duval County schools in the form of faster internet service, laptops for teachers and students, and interactive white boards. The district is paying for the technology and the teachers, but is getting a lot of help from local donors.

8/4/2014

The Obama administration announced Delaware, Georgia, Minnesota, New York and South Carolina had received a one-year waiver extension from portions of the No Child Left Behind law. Each of the states "implemented education reforms that go far beyond" the requirements, the Department of Education said.

8/4/2014

The fiscally conservative Commonwealth Foundation said its analysis showed that while the district's annual budget had grown by $1 billion since 2002, student achievement has lagged: 80 percent of students cannot read or do math at grade level.

8/4/2014

Auditors looking at state funding to private schools through Louisiana’s $35 million voucher program found about $52,000 in overpayments during the last school year, according to information released by the education department.

8/4/2014

The average student count per day could grow by more than 10,000 during the next two years. That could mean approximately $200 million in new spending on per-student funding just to hold even in providing services.

8/4/2014

The changes date to at least 2002, when data-center employees were ordered to “break the enrollment” of absentee and low-performing students so that their standardized test scores and attendance records wouldn’t count against Columbus City Schools, a state investigation found.

8/4/2014

The fight to establish charter schools in Nebraska isn't over, despite the loss of a key advocate in the Nebraska Legislature and opponents' vow to keep the publicly funded, independently run schools out of the state.

8/4/2014

If Gov. Rick Snyder declares a financial emergency, Benton Harbor schools can choose between an emergency manager, consent agreement, mediation or bankruptcy, state officials have said.

8/1/2014

8/1/2014

The Rapid City School Board is imposing its final contract offer to teachers after months of negotiations failed to produce an agreement. The contract includes a 3 percent salary increase, a 2 percent one-time bonus and a 9.4 percent increase in teachers’ health insurance premiums.

8/1/2014

New York City has no control over charter schools even though they are given $13,000 per student by the district, according to the city's Education Committee.Stressing a lack of oversight and accountability, an investigation into harsh discipline, rigged admissions and other allegations needs to be completed, reads a letter the committee will send to the state.

8/1/2014

While Montgomery County Public Schools have been looking at suspensions overall, the disproportionate numbers between ethnic and racial groups created a focus. The number of black and Hispanic high schoolers suspended from school fell again in the second half of this past school year. School officials attributed the drop, in part, to professional development for staff that focused on race and equity.

8/1/2014

Plans to lengthen the school day at eight low income middle schools are now hanging in the balance because of a dispute between city and state officials. The schools counting on nearly $8 million in “extended learning time” grants have been told the money is in danger of being withheld because the city’s application didn’t comply with state contracting rules.

8/1/2014

The Pennsylvania House suddenly canceled a vote scheduled this week on a proposed Philadelphia cigarette tax to benefit Philadelphia public schools. The $2-per-pack tax, if passed by the state legislature, was expected to provide about $45 million in funding for the School District of Philadelphia.

8/1/2014

This fall's Ohio high school freshmen can take the ACT or SAT for free when they're juniors, courtesy of the state. It's one of many K12 education changes, including new graduation requirements for the class of 2018.

7/31/2014

7/31/2014

Leaders of the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature announced details of a tentative budget agreement, including a 7 percent pay raise for teachers in public schools. The $21.3 billion spending plan earmarks $282 million for teacher salary increases.

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