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Illinois lawmakers obligated to address school funding issue

Illinois has a legal obligation to provide adequate education funding, and a moral obligation to make sure all students receive a quality education. That's a tall order to fill, given the state's current financial woes. But maintaining the status quo isn't the answer.

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High school career diplomas could be the future

The new career diploma/vocation training education path is crucial and could yield positive outcomes. This is the opportunity that Louisiana and the country needs in order to provide the proper tools and assets to students that will make up the backbone of future blue collar America.

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Florida districts rethink how they handle substitute teachers' costs

With depleted staffs, tighter budgets and higher expenses, districts across the state are exploring ways to pay substitute teachers. Some districts have responded by limiting substitutes' hours and increasing the pool of subs. But, increasingly, districts are outsourcing their substitute operations to staffing agencies.

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Los Angeles district spends over double the state average on administration

The same district that had perhaps the most highly compensated superintendent in California last year also spends over two times the state average on its administration. The Centinela Valley Union High School District's administrative spending was the second highest among Los Angeles County's 80 districts.

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S.C. district to revamp sick day policy to keep teachers in classrooms

After analyzing years of sick day records claimed by teachers and the amount spent on substitutes, the Beaufort County district will attempt to reduce the number of sick days taken with an incentive. Ideas include possibly paying teachers for steady attendance and unused sick leave.

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As Colo. metro students around, districts and schools try to catch up

Facing mobility rates of over 20 percent, many metro-area districts have undertaken district-wide initiatives to reduce mobility and ease transitions, including streamlining the records request process and creating a pacing guide for all district schools.

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La. school audit finds discrepancies in district's academic records

The Louisiana Department of Education’s routine audit of the East Baton Rouge Parish system’s academic records came back as “uncommon” and “troubling” with grade and graduating discrepancies and an alleged lack of oversight and cheating in online courses.

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Three-town district in Mass. votes to back new $89M high school

Voters in the three North Middlesex Regional School District towns approved a new high school. All three must now pass a debt-exclusion ballot question at their annual elections this spring to fund the project. Construction would then begin at a cost of $89.09 million, with $40.2 million of that reimbursed by the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

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Iowa House passes school radon bill with no testing

Recent legislation mandating schools test for radon gas was amended to strip provisions that would require schools to perform a short-term test for radon gas at each school by June 30, 2025, and at least once every 10 years thereafter.

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Ill. Board of Education shows majority of districts are deficit spending

The financial profile data shown in the Illinois State Board of Education's 2014 financial watch list shows that 532 school districts, almost 62 percent of the state's total, are deficit spending. The board has submitted a proposal to state lawmakers to increase school funding next year by more than $1 billion.

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