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9/23/2013

9/23/2013

A new flex program at East Valley Academy allows students to select the days and hours that they attend school, including Saturdays and evening hours. Students must attend a minimum of 20 hours a week, but there is no limit to the amount of time they can spend taking classes.

9/23/2013

Rebecca Holcombe, head of Dartmouth College’s teacher training program, will replace Armando Vilaseca as Vermont’s next secretary of education, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced. She is the first new secretary of education to be appointed since legislation in 2012 changed the department’s organization.

9/23/2013

Some Horry County residents who want to repeal the state’s adoption of new standards for South Carolina schools have organized a group to educate people about the Common Core initiative and stop the changes that already have begun.

9/23/2013

Earlier this summer, McCrory announced his intention to use $30 million of Race to the Top money for an Education Innovation Fund that would reward 1,000 top teachers with $10,000 stipends. The proposal was met with criticism by State Board of Education members at a meeting shortly after his announcement.

9/23/2013

Facing an “unprecedented” public reaction, the Illinois State Board of Education put off a vote Thursday repealing state rules that limit the number of special education students in classrooms.

9/20/2013

9/20/2013

In an effort to better shield classrooms from convicted felons, Kansas is moving toward requiring certain educators to submit fingerprints when renewing their teacher licenses so they can be checked against a state criminal database.

9/20/2013

A majority of Tennessee school chiefs opted not to join their colleagues in publicly criticizing beleaguered Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, although the participation of Nashville-area leaders was a mixed bag. About 40 percent of Tennessee’s 138 school superintendents attached their names to a letter asking Gov. Bill Haslam to put the kibosh on Huffman and his reform policies.

9/20/2013

The first Minneapolis mayoral debate, held recently, focused on schools. This is remarkable, because the mayor has no formal responsibility over Minneapolis Public Schools. However, with a Star Tribune poll earlier this month finding that public education tops the list of Minneapolis residents polled, the six participating candidates were quick to fill that void with advocacy.

9/20/2013

Fourteen Massachusetts schools designated "underperforming" in 2010 have met three-year turnaround goals and will shed their Level 4 status, but four turnaround schools could fall into state receivership, education officials said.

9/20/2013

An Oklahoma lawmaker began a petition drive to put on the ballot a measure allowing the state to issue $500 million in bonds to finance storm shelters in schools, after a devastating tornado in May killed seven children at a school.

9/20/2013

As part of the “I’m In” campaign, volunteers and staff for the PUSD planned to go door-to-door Wednesday to visit students from all grade levels to find out whether they left the district and enrolled at another school or if they have family, social, or economic issues preventing them from attending school.

9/20/2013

Effective Sept. 30, Pennsylvania schools will no longer be judged by adequate yearly progress, but instead will be judged by their new School Performance Profiles. On this new measure, state test results in science and writing are as important as reading and math. Under the old system, science and writing scores were released but did not count toward adequate yearly progress.

9/19/2013

9/19/2013

The proposal is the first substantial revision of attendance boundaries since 2010, when the district started using a neighborhood-based system that guaranteed students a seat in a school close to home.

9/19/2013

Forty-eight percent of respondents in the new survey by the Pew Charitable Trusts said they believed the state of the financially beleaguered Philadelphia schools system would force families to look for other educational options, such as private schools, religious schools, or charters.

9/19/2013

Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon said he expects the firm will provide an interim report earlier, which would detail what could be done quickly to meet any immediate security issues.

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