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Florida House votes to scale back testing in schools

The proposed bill would eliminate an 11th-grade English test and a requirement that local school districts create tests in every subject not covered by the new Florida Standards Assessment. It also allows the school year to begin as early as August 10.

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Lawmakers make some changes to Ohio charter-school bill

With new additions, a bill designed to improve Ohio’s charter-school laws would require charter-school operator contracts and the names of school-board members to be posted online for public view. It would alos require charter-school boards and administrative staff to undergo annual public-records and open-meetings training.

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Ann Arbor schools plans to ban weapons on district property

The Michigan school district's board is considering policies to keep concealed pistol license holders from openly carrying guns on campus, which is legal in the state. Policies could make Ann Arbor schools either weapon- or disruption-free zones.

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Legal marijuana in Colorado generates millions for schools

Since the beginning of 2014, when Colorado's first retail marijuana shops opened, $15.6 million has been generated in tax revenue that is specifically earmarked for public schools through the Building Excellent Schools Today grant program.

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Reducing classroom size starts with building more classrooms

At a time when the Washington Legislature is debating the best way to pay for basic education in K12 schools, it makes sense to start with the most basic element of all: classrooms. That means tackling an outdated school-construction model that has created inequity and inefficiencies across the state’s 295 school districts.

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Alabama House approves charter school legislation

The approved legislation would allow the establishment of up to 10 start-up charter schools a year for five years, and allow an unlimited number of conversion schools. Teachers working in charter schools would not be required to have certifications. The bill now goes to the Senate.

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Governor's school reform plan violates constitution, state board alleges

The State Board of Education asked Gov. Rick Snyder to reconsider the transfer of the state school reform office from the Michigan Department of Education to a state office directly under his control, saying the move violates the state constitution.

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Amended bill would expand enrollment, funding for state-run district

A Tennessee bill that originally was about financial literacy was rewritten through an amendment that would allow the state’s Achievement School District to enroll out-of-zone students and charge charter schools an authorization fee.

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Florida bill seeks early school start date, uniformity

Worried the late Labor Day this year won't leave enough time for school districts to finish their fall curriculum, Florida lawmakers are seeking to amend a law so schools can get an early jump on the school year. The bill would also bring all of the state's school districts under the same standard.

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N.Y.'s charter schools downplay teacher inexperience amid strong performance

Many charter schools have a high number of teachers with little experience or instructors who are teaching outside of their certified subject areas, an analysis found. However, most of the charter schools with fewer teachers holding proper licenses and masters degrees still post higher scores on standardized tests than their district counterparts.

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