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Kansas school funding plan aimed at ending budget surprises

Top Republican officials in Kansas who hope to eliminate a budget deficit while sustaining personal income tax cuts are working on a plan to overhaul the state's system for funding public schools in a way that would prevent unanticipated demands for new spending.

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Ohio school barred from using barricade devices

A recent state ruling barred the Southwest Licking Local School District from using portable door barricades to stop potential school intruders. School officials had appealed to the state board after the county building department said the small devices were a violation of state building code.

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Charter school bill filed in Alabama Senate

The leader of the Alabama Senate prefiled a bill to authorize charter schools in the state. The legislation would cap the number of some categories of charter schools for five years, exempt them from most state education laws, and establish a state board to review them.

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'Purity' program to be taught at Oklahoma school despite objections

Parents in Mustang got letters asking them if they want their kids to take part in an abstinence and purity program. The American Civil Liberties Union claims the purity program has no place in a public school.

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WriteReader launches educational app

The Scandinavian online learning platform for developing early literacy is now launching in the U.S. The WriteReader app uses the Write to Read approach to help kids become readers by first teaching them to write.

Utah Legislature should look to keep school board elections nonpartisan

Utah's Senate has passed a bill injecting partisan politics into elections for the state school board and for school boards in large districts. Attempts to turn state and local school board races into partisan contests are solutions looking for a problem, and they would create far too many new problems of their own.

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Stop bickering over standards and fund schools

Recent proposals gloss over the fact that Arizona's education system is already underfunded when compared to the rest of the nation. If Arizona funded an equivalent of the national average per pupil, its classroom percentage would far exceed the 61 percent goal set by the governor.

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Mississippi Department of Education adds iCEV

The state has added CEV Multimedia's iCEV as a state-approved curriculum for career and technical education programs. As part of the 2014-15 Instructional Materials Adoption, Mississippi schools can choose to implement iCEV’s seven family and consumer science courses and 11 business and marketing courses.

New Jersey district chooses Christopher W. Heilig as top leader

Christopher W. Heilig will become the new superintendent of schools for the Rancocas Valley Regional High School District. He is leaving the Lenape Regional High School District as director of programs and planning to take the new post.

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Mike Thomason hired by Higley USD

The Arizona district has tapped Mike Thomason to be its next superintendent. Thomason, who succeeds the retiring Denise Birdwell, is currently the assistant superintendent of operations for the Higley district.

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