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School bus drivers may receive more pay from New York

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council are hoping to reverse some of the policies that led drivers to strike unsuccessfully 18 months ago. The Council is planning to vote to give $42 million to school bus companies to raise the salaries of experienced drivers who were forced to take pay cuts after the former mayor awarded a series of new bus contracts in the last years of his administration.

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Many Washington schools at or near failing in school performance rankings

Close to half of all public schools in the state received a D ranking or lower in terms of quality, based on data compiled from the state’s achievement index and analyzed by think tank group Washington Policy Center .

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Parents’ confidence in school safety increases nationally

More than a year-and-a-half after 20 elementary students and six teachers were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, parents are more secure in their child’s safety, according to Gallup’s annual Work and Education poll. The poll indicates 27 percent of parents in the United States say they fear for their child’s safety at school, which is down from 33 percent.

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$2 billion school bond act goes in front of N.Y. voters in November

Voters this November will decide whether the state of New York should borrow up to $2 billion to help fund new technology in school classrooms and upgrade school buildings themselves.

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New law altering bus routes could cost La. district up to $1 million in extra costs

A new state law forbidding students from crossing the street to board a school bus may cost Ouachita Parish Schools $500,000 to $1 million for more fuel. That would be the case since parish school buses must plan a “double-run” down each side of a street to pick up students, which may also result in longer bus schedules and waits.

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School funding canard: Money isn't the answer

For all the empty rhetoric during state elections over public school funding and demands for more money, a Cato Institute analysis provides a fresh perspective on the correlation between state spending and SAT scores over the past 40 years. There doesn't seem to be a correlation — certainly not one that suggests more money is the answer to improving student achievement.

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Compton school police authorized to carry AR-15 assault weapons

As Compton students head back to school, residents are expressing concern about a school board policy passed in July that allows campus police who pass an internal selection process to buy semi-automatic AR-15 rifles and carry them in their patrol car trunks while on duty.

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California schools join national mobile technology integration program

Rancho Minerva Middle School and Vista Innovation and Design Academy are among eight schools in the nation chosen to take part in Verizon Innovative Learning Schools, a program focusing on the greater use of mobile technology in education to enhance students' studies in the classroom and at home. The program will provide students and teachers with tablets and training.

Discovery Education adds exclusive content from family of networks

Discovery Education has added 38 exclusive videos from Discovery Communications’ family of networks to its suite of digital resources. Educators can now integrate series from Discovery Channel, Science Channel, Animal Planet and American Heroes Channel into classroom instruction through Discovery Education’s digital education services.

Chicago trying to unload dozens of closed schools

More than a year after Chicago Public Schools (CPS) closed nearly 50 schools for under-enrollment, there has been little progress on finding new uses for most of the now-empty buildings. CPS is bound by a promise district chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett made not to allow privately run charter schools into any of the buildings.

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