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State highway dollars tapped for K-12 education costs in Kansas

For school superintendents tracking their budgets and state aid payments, something is different this year. Tens of millions of dollars in aid are going to districts not from the State General Fund but rather the State Highway Fund.

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One North Carolina district may back away from state testing plan

Wake County school leaders hope to get state permission for an alternative to the plan to make all the district’s third-grade students take 36 mini-tests in the coming months, after facing questions on whether the approach amounts to excessive testing.

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Nine charter school groups signal plans to apply to open in Nashville

Citing financial pressures posed by the recent influx of new charters, the city school board has requested only two types of charter proposals: new elementary charter schools to ease overcrowded schools in part of the district or groups willing to take over chronically poor-performing schools.

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Utah's new education adviser says she's terrified and 'having a ball'

A former state school board member, Tami Pyfer's is serving as a liaison between parents, educators, lawmakers and the governor's office on issues related to education — the state's largest tax expenditure.

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At 65, Hillsborough schools chief has no plans to retire

Unlike many large school districts, Hillsborough has a history of longevity in its leadership. The superintendent's position is a prime example—MaryEllen Elia signed her contract in 2005.

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Pennsylvania governor expected to ask for more education money

Gov. Tom Corbett could call for at least $100 million more for public schools and $20 million more for special education on top of the extra $10 million he has already said he wants for preschool in 2014-15.

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At some schools, snow day is no day offline

With the Chicago area hit with one of the snowiest and coldest winters on record, prompting multiple days of school closures, many teachers and students improvised classes on the nonattendance days, uploading digital lessons and holding virtual classroom discussions.

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Fight over effective teachers shifts to courtroom

They have tried and failed to loosen tenure rules for teachers in contract talks and state legislatures. So now, a group of rising stars in the movement to overhaul education employment has gone to court.

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Michigan governor to propose $322M funding boost for K-12 education

Gov. Rick Snyder’s state budget will propose a $322 million boost in K-12 school spending. He will call for $11.7 billion in spending for 2014-15—that’s a 2.8 increase, but only about one-fifth of the increase represents extra money for classrooms.

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Florida lawmakers to consider banning biometrics in schools

State lawmakers will take up a proposal today that would prohibit school districts from collecting biometric information, including the characteristics of fingerprints, hands, eyes and the voice.

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