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Alaska Senate panel moves bill addressing school construction debt

The Senate Finance Committee has advanced legislation that would pause state spending on new school debt. State reimbursement for school bonds authorized between January 2015 and July 2020 would stop.

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Changes proposed for Cleveland school construction watchdog

The Cleveland school board is expected to approve new funding for the school construction watchdog panel. One of the biggest changes proposed will be that Bond Accountability Commission members will serve for two-year terms rather than being permanently appointed to their positions.

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Panel backs bill expanding Arkansas school resource officers' reach

An Arkansas legislative committee passed a bill to increase the jurisdiction of school resource officers if they are accompanying students on a field trip or outside of the school district boundaries. In addition, the committee advanced a bill to allow public dollars to fund private-school scholarships for children with severe disabilities.

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Wisconsin bill requires food protection certificates for school lunch

A school food safety bill in Wisconsin would require school lunch programs to obtain a food protection certificate before the facility could serve students. The bill would extend the requirement for restaurants to any school lunch program associated with the National School Lunch Program.

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Tennessee General Assembly to consider seat belts on school buses

Two committees in the state's General Assembly will consider a bill that would require seat belts on school buses, proposed by a lawmaker in response to a deadly school bus crash in December.

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House panel moves school choice bill

A wide-ranging bill that would allow parents to transfer their students to any school in the state that had not reached 90 percent of its capacity, regardless of county lines was approved by a House panel. It would also require districts to set up a process for parents to request that their children be removed from teachers’ classes.

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Georgia's largest school system aims to hire teachers, boost pay

Gwinnett County Schools plans to add 175 teacher positions for the next school year teachers and hopes an increase in starting pay will help attract the new hires.

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Report calling for more oversight to prevent charter school fraud draws rebuke

California lawmakers must strengthen financial oversight of charter schools to stem cases of fraud and mismanagement that have already cost taxpayers $81 million, according to a new report from several advocacy groups.

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N.Y. governor's plan would withhold school aid until evaluation deal

A plan developed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans will hold back a school funding increase until June, when an appointed commission would recommend a new teacher-evaluation system. A previous understanding between the House and the Senate had indicated that education funding would not be contingent on the enactment of reforms.

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School consolidation bill introduced in Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania representative has introduced legislation that would require school districts to consolidate their administrative functions on a countywide basis. The Public School Code would be amended for all counties except Philadelphia, which already has its own unified public school system.

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