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2/4/2014

2/4/2014

Gov. Tom Corbett could call for at least $100 million more for public schools and $20 million more for special education on top of the extra $10 million he has already said he wants for preschool in 2014-15.

2/4/2014

Citing financial pressures posed by the recent influx of new charters, the city school board has requested only two types of charter proposals: new elementary charter schools to ease overcrowded schools in part of the district or groups willing to take over chronically poor-performing schools.

2/4/2014

At least one good thing came from recent school closings due to subzero weather in January: Green Bay school officials learned elementary school kids love kiwi.

2/4/2014

Wake County school leaders hope to get state permission for an alternative to the plan to make all the district’s third-grade students take 36 mini-tests in the coming months, after facing questions on whether the approach amounts to excessive testing.

2/4/2014

For school superintendents tracking their budgets and state aid payments, something is different this year. Tens of millions of dollars in aid are going to districts not from the State General Fund but rather the State Highway Fund.

2/3/2014

2/3/2014

The sweeping changes are meant to maintain rigorous standards that prepare some students for college while allowing others not interested in higher education to acquire career or technical skills necessary for employment after graduation.

2/3/2014

Democrats from Philadelphia's state Senate delegation have unveiled a plan to provide $300 million more for education across the state. Senators say increased aid would not require any broad-based tax increases.

2/3/2014

Millions have already been spent setting up the Idaho Education Network, but if lawmakers don’t find state funds to cover the shortfall, the network serving all of Idaho’s high schools “will be shut down," state official warns.

2/3/2014

Seattle will be home to the first charter school to open in Washington — a privately funded elementary school for homeless children that will become a publicly funded K-5 charter school next fall.

2/3/2014

The cost of the tablets that will be used on new state tests will be about $200 less per device, although the computers won't include curriculum. The revised price will be $504, compared to $699 for the iPads with curriculum.

2/3/2014

New York City’s schools chancellor intends to shift $210 million away from charter schools to help pay for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s expansion of prekindergarten programs.

2/3/2014

A cafeteria manager has been placed on paid administrative leave as the Salt Lake City School District investigates the seizure of school lunches from up to 40 young students with unpaid meal tabs.

2/3/2014

Financing for the new spending will come from restructuring the $2.4 billion E-Rate program. The proportion that goes to broadband service in schools and libraries will increase to $2 billion a year from $1 billion.

1/31/2014

1/31/2014

Lawmakers are expected to increase the base education tax rate by 7 cents, from 94 cents to $1.01 for every $100 of assessed property value. While the total number of pupils in Vermont continues to decline, statewide education spending is projected to increase by 3.8 percent, or about $46.5 million, in the 2015 fiscal year.

1/31/2014

During a speech to 1,000 public-school principals, N.Y. Mayor Bill de Blasio took a string of swipes at his predecessor’s education policies while vowing to deliver on his promise for significant change to the school system. The mayor depicted the Bloomberg administration as one that imposed a corporate model on public schools, didn’t listen to parents or educators and that made many educational blunders.

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