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6/11/2014

6/11/2014

A House bill that would allow some schools to opt out of healthier meal standards drew a veto threat from the White House. The GOP spending bill would allow schools to waive the school lunch and breakfast standards for the next school year if they lost money on meal programs over a six-month period.

6/10/2014

6/10/2014

In response to former Clarksburg police officer and new Harrison County Board of Education member Michael Daugherty's request for an advisory opinion, the West Virginia Ethics Commission has stated that police officers can’t serve on county boards of education as they already hold a public office.

6/10/2014

Nearly one in three Rhode Island schools are in need of improvement, while 30 schools have been recognized as “commended” for their exceptional performance, according to a report released by the Rhode Island Department of Education.

6/10/2014

The Charleston County school board approved a total general operating budget of $404 million for the 2014-2015 school year, up from $382 million last year. The district had been faced with a $6 million funding gap between its initial spending plan of $407.5 million and projected revenues of $401.5 million.

6/10/2014

The state’s largest teachers union will file a lawsuit in Shawnee County District Court this month against a controversial education bill. Lawmakers increased the amount of funding for public schools to comply with a Kansas Supreme Court decision in March that cited funding inequities among districts, particularly among poorer and wealthier districts. But lawmakers coupled the increase in funding with policy reforms.

6/10/2014

The National Center for Education Statistics released its annual "Indicators of School Crime and Safety" report, finding that during the 2010-2011 school year, the number of school-related deaths was starting to decrease. However, incidents of theft and violence – including student violence against teachers – are on the rise in America's schools.

6/10/2014

The New York City teachers union says it has several state lawmakers who will help push a bill that would change the extremely competitive process for getting into eight specialized high schools. Backers say the proposal will make admissions more fair at schools where few black and Hispanic students gain entry.

6/10/2014

Teacher, police and firefighter unions in New Jersey have gone to court in an attempt to block the governor's plan to slash the state's contributions to its public retirement system. The lawsuit alleges that the move to reduce pension contributions to $1.38 billion from $3.85 billion through fiscal 2015 is a violation of employees' contract rights under both the state and federal constitutions.

6/9/2014

6/9/2014

Gov. Mary Fallin's decision to throw out Common Core math and English standards drew immediate criticism from educators and business interests as a disruptive political move, while opponents of the benchmarks cheered the end to what they said was a harmful federal intrusion.

6/9/2014

The nonprofit group responsible for supporting charter schools across the state will disband at the end of the month. A main factor? The failure to pass proposed legislation that would have allowed for more non-district charter schools in the state, group's director says.

6/9/2014

Nearly 4,000 high school athletes were expected to take part in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League's Championship this weekend. Trapshooting is the state's fastest growing high school sport with more than 6,000 athletes representing 380 schools.

6/9/2014

Barrington school officials are removing hooks from the bathroom stalls at all elementary schools after two second-grade boys were found playing a "hanging game" -- twisting by their shirt collars from the hooks.

6/9/2014

Oregon schools, which had 818 full-time librarians in 1980, are down to just 144 full-time-equivalent licensed school library specialists, the state school library group reports.

6/9/2014

The future of public access to information about charter schools in North Carolina became murkier this week—the Senate education committee is considering stripping a bill of requirements that the schools comply with open meeting and public records laws.

6/9/2014

Because of the generosity of donors, some local school districts have been able to add programs and facilities, from after-school Mandarin Chinese to construction of a science building.

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