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New funding formula helps downstate Illinois schools more

Downstate school districts would see an overall gain in state funding under a sweeping proposal to change how Illinois funds its public schools. However, a majority of Chicago area districts would see fewer state dollars, according to a preliminary analysis by the Illinois State Board of Education.

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Michigan passes $13.7-billion school aid budget, hike in funding

Michigan's Senate and House have passed a $13.7 billion school budget increasing per-pupil funding in K12 schools. It would boost overall spending from $13.3 billion this year. The budget requires a new Michigan Educational Assessment Program for spring testing in the next two school years.

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More work needed to improve Washington's graduation rates

Boosting test scores and increasing graduation rates aren't the same as reducing the dropout rate. To do that, educators, legislators and citizens need to focus on how to do a better job of making all of Washington's schools places where low-income students and students of color feel respected, valued and expected to succeed.

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Adobe offers new storytelling app for iPad

Adobe Voice, a new animated video app for iPad from Adobe, enables users to create and share video stories by using a combination of recorded voice, imagery, music and motion graphics and effects. Adobe Voice is available for free from the Apple App Store and works with Adobe Creative Cloud.

SIIA Education Industry Summit 2014 to be streamed live

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is holding its Education Industry Summit this week. JDL Horizons, using its Internet streaming solution EduVision, will produce and stream three key sessions live through District Administration to a national audience on May 12 and 13.

Schools warned not to deny students over immigration status

The Obama administration issued a stern warning to U.S. state and local school districts not to deny enrollment to undocumented immigrant children.

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Illinois emergency agency grants school $25 million for safety projects

School districts in the Chicago and St. Louis suburbs would see major cuts to state aid while downstate schools would see gains under a proposal that would drastically overhaul Illinois' complicated school funding formula for the first time in almost two decades.

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Alabama lawsuit charges slow implementation of political donation law

A lawsuit filed in Shelby County alleges that the Alabama State Department of Education and two school districts are moving too slowly to implement a ban on employee payroll deductions for groups engaged in political activity.

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School funding package in Colorado passed

Colorado's 2014-2015 school finance package was repassed on the final day of the 2014 legislative session. The School Finance Act increases Total Program Funding, the combination of state and local spending that pays for basic school operations, to $5.91 billion in 2014-15 from $5.76 billion this year.

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Louisiana approves freeze on public school letter grades

Public school letter grades could not plunge during a two-year move to the Common Core academic standards under a bill that won approval. The proposal is aimed at softening the impact of the national tests that go with Common Core, which is set to take full effect for the 2014-2015 school year.

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