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State fiscal monitor assigned to investigate New York district's financials

The state Education Department will install a fiscal monitor for the troubled East Ramapo school district. District officials have been accused of giving short shrift to the interests of public school children, and many residents have alleged that the school board steers taxpayer money toward the private religious schools.

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Gates Foundation calls for delay of teacher evaluations

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has spent more than $200 million supporting the Common Core academic standards, is pushing for a 2-year delay in using test results associated with the new guidelines to evaluate teachers.

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Court panel sides with Kansas Legislature on school funding equity

A panel ruled that the Kansas Legislature satisfied the demands of a recent Supreme Court ruling to equalize education funding between rich and poor school districts. The judges said the additional $129 million that lawmakers added for equalization of capital outlay and local option budgets was sufficient to meet the standards.

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District in Idaho seeks $104 million bond

Meridian School District will ask voters to approve a $104 million bond that would include construction of three new schools as the district braces for enrollment growth approaching pre-recession levels.

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States that already spent less on education have made bigger school cuts

Public schools have struggled during the long, slow economic recovery. Although urban districts have been hit particularly hard, there is a tremendous variation by state. What turns out to make a difference is actual spending levels. States that spend less per-student have made significantly bigger cuts (on a percentage basis) than states that spend more.

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South Dakota district approves $5.2 million for new school

The Tea Area School District's board members approved to take out $5.2 million in capital outlay certificates to build a new elementary school. The school will be open by fall of 2015.

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Giving school nurses access to medical records improves care

School nurses administer vaccines and medications and help diabetic students monitor their blood sugar, among many other things. The nurses don't always have the most up-to-date information about the students' health. Schools and health care systems are trying to bridge that gap to give school health professionals access to students' electronic health records.

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Nebraska school recieves $1.75 million gift for career and tech addition

Although construction on the new Kearney High School is underway, a recent gift is paying for 10,000 square feet to be added to the building. A donor has donated $1.75 million for the Career and Technical Education Pathways Institute addition, which will offer hands-on experience in technical careers.

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Kaplan division partners with Education is Freedom

Kaplan K12 Learning Services is teaming up with Education is Freedom to help the Dallas-based nonprofit in its mission of helping thousands of underserved high school students across the Dallas ISD with the college admissions process. Through the partnership, students can access Kaplan’s SAT, ACT and PSAT preparation resources.

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More quality teachers needed for poor students

Districts must do more to ensure low-income and minority students have access to top-notch teachers, according to a new report. Poor students and students of color are less likely to be taught by a highly effective teacher than are other students, but there are some pockets where change is occurring.