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Federal officials end stand off, green-light California testing plan

Ending a months long standoff between federal and state officials, the U.S. Department of Education has told California education officials they approve of the state’s plan to administer only portions of new standardized tests this year - and not reporting the results.

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Calif. attorney general, lawmakers seek action against truancy

Emphasizing that young students who frequently miss school are far more likely to fall behind and commit crimes later in life, California Attorney General Kamala Harris and half a dozen lawmakers introduced an anti-truancy bill package.

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First electric school bus hits the road in California

The first-ever electric school bus, introduced in November, started picking up students in Central California’s Kings Canyon USD with three more to be added soon. The district received a $400,000 contribution to the pilot program from the California Air Resources Board as well as funding from a federal highway program.

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Gov. vetoes virtual school moratorium as Maine Senate approves it

A bill to put the brakes on virtual charter schools was approved by the Senate and quickly vetoed by Gov. LePage. The bill aimed to stop the creation of virtual schools while the Department of Education develops its own online offerings.

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Kansas Supreme Court to hand down school finance decision

The upcoming ruling on a landmark school funding case could force lawmakers to spend $600 million more annually on education. The lawsuit alleges that the Legislature abandoned its constitutional obligation to suitably fund elementary and secondary schools.

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Florida county consider full school choice

A Palm Beach County School Board proposal would divide the county into four or five regional zones. Students would still get assigned to specific schools, but their parents could more easily opt out and choose from other schools in their area.

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