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9/22/2014

9/22/2014

At least 26 school districts have participated in the Pentagon's surplus program, which is not new but has come under scrutiny after police responded to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, last month with tear gas, armored military trucks and riot gear.

9/22/2014

The small district in Wapello County has outfitted its buses with high-speed, wireless Internet, Des Moines television station KCCI reported Saturday.

9/22/2014

After reviewing studies, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a policy statement in late August saying that because of their natural sleep cycles, teens really do experience difficulty falling asleep before 11 p.m. and that middle and high schools should start class at 8:30 a.m. or later.

9/22/2014

A new report Thursday found that only 2% of the projected increase in federal spending over the next decade will be dedicated to programs benefiting children.

9/22/2014

The opponents, led by Sherri Few, who finished third in this year's Republican primary for education superintendent, will bring their complaints to the state Education Oversight Committee on Monday.

9/19/2014

9/19/2014

Refereeing a fight in the online-education world, the state Supreme Court said Florida Virtual School can pursue a lawsuit alleging trademark infringement by a private competitor. Justices rejected arguments that only the Florida Department of State can sue to protect trademarks of the state virtual school.

9/19/2014

Utah legislators and business leaders announced an education initiative designed to create more civically informed high school graduates. The Utah Civics Education Initiative bill would have high school students pass a U.S. civics test in order to qualify for graduation or an equivalent.

9/19/2014

In response to problems with providing iPads to the district, the Los Angeles school system will double the number of people who will help with technical and instructional issues. The technical assistance this year will involve about 120 employees at a cost of about $3.9 million to the general fund and about $5.3 million charged to school construction bonds.

9/19/2014

Changing the lottery system that determines which students get into Portland Public Schools’ focus option programs could significantly promote equality and diversity and strengthen neighborhood schools that have struggled with low enrollment, according to the city's Advisory Committee for Enrollment and Transfer.

9/19/2014

Some Democrats in the state House are calling for a temporary moratorium on new charter schools in Michigan. Several representatives announced new legislation that would prevent charter school authorizations until the state adopts new standards for transparency, ethics and accountability.

9/19/2014

Concrete Roses STEM Academy's board of directors voted to relinquish their charter, 20 days into the school year. The North Carolina Office of Charter Schools put the school on financial disciplinary status and froze its access to funds for not provided required reporting fir several months.

9/18/2014

9/18/2014

LAUSD school police will relinquish some of the military weaponry it acquired through a federal program that furnishes local law enforcement with surplus equipment. The move comes as education and civil rights groups have called on the U.S. Department of Defense to halt the practice for schools. The district will return grenade launchers but intends to keep rifles and an armored vehicle.

9/18/2014

Before Oregon's Portland School Board members vote upon how to spend $16.8 million in newly discovered money, they want to see spending alternatives besides placing the money in reserves and hiring more teachers. better-than-expected property tax revenues and lower-than-expected health care and benefits expenses have created the windfall, which wasn’t factored into the school year's budget.

9/18/2014

Schools are losing teachers and many are blaming low pay, according to the School Administrators of South Dakota, which released results from a survey of 136 South Dakota school districts. Most responding districts reported using stop-gap measures for getting a teacher in each classroom, including shuffling staff, hiring substitutes and using student teachers.

9/18/2014

Cameras mounted on school buses are intended to keep kids safe by catching drivers who break the law. Many north Texas buses are equipped with them, yet some cities aren’t using them because it’s illegal.

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