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Pricey construction spending draws scrutiny in California bond measure

West Contra Costa residents are some of the most generous in the area when it comes to their schools, approving six bond measures to rehabilitate old campuses and build new ones since 1998. But this year's request for another another $270 million comes as significant opposition to the district's spending habits -- and the secrecy with which it shrouds them -- is beginning to bubble. 

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Oregon teachers report their curriculums are aligned to Common Core

Oregon schools as a whole began a full-scale switch to teaching to the Common Core State Standards this school year. According to results from the TELL Oregon, 80 percent of teachers reported this spring that the curriculum taught in their schools covers the skills called for by the Common Core.

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Louisiana school funding plan heads to final stop

A $3.6 billion public school spending plan is headed to the state's House of Representatives. The House Education Committee approved the plan after raising questions about some of the priorities in the plan, including reworking the formula and additional money for high-cost students with disabilities and other changes.

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Plan proposed to keep New York kids from running out of school

The City Council discussed a proposal to keep children from walking away from their schools unnoticed. The bill would require audible alarms on all doors at elementary and special education schools across New York City. Installing audible alarms could run an estimated $1.5 million.

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Panic buttons to be installed in every school in Washington district

The Bellingham school district is installing panic buttons in all of its buildings so teachers will be able to call 911 without ever dialing. Once the button is pushed, 911 dispatchers will be able to see and hear what is going on inside the school. 

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Charters preferred under New Jersey's universal enrollment program

In the first round of the universal enrollment program, Newark parents preferred charter schools for their elementary students, but they favored the district high schools over charters for grades 9 through 12, according to new information from the district.

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North Carolina bill would cut funds for school buses

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would reduce funds for school buses. The House bill would limit the number of spare buses and their replacement parts, while revising the state inspection process for school bus maintenance. The bill’s sponsor says the legislation would make bus operations more efficient, while saving about $19 million in recurring funds over five years.

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Second largest Colorado district hires Daniel McMinimee as superintendent

A divided Jefferson County board hired Daniel McMinimee as the next superintendent of the state's second-largest school district, despite controversy over the hiring process and transparency issues. He currently serves as an assistant superintendent with the Douglas County School District.

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House panel advances bill on school lunch options

The House Appropriations Committee passed an agriculture budget bill that included nearly $21 billion for child nutrition that would allow schools to opt out of White House nutritional guidelines passed in 2012. The guidelines added more fruits and green vegetables to school meals and reduced the amount of salt and fat children consume at schools.

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Promethean Inc. (USA) wins SIIA Education Technology CODiE Award

Promethean Inc. (USA) announced that its Promethean Planet won the 2014 SIIA Education CODiE Award for Best Collaborative Social Media Solution for Educators. Promethean Planet is an online educator community connecting more than 1.9 million members around the globe in a collaborative environment.