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School funding package in Colorado passed

Colorado's 2014-2015 school finance package was repassed on the final day of the 2014 legislative session. The School Finance Act increases Total Program Funding, the combination of state and local spending that pays for basic school operations, to $5.91 billion in 2014-15 from $5.76 billion this year.

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Louisiana approves freeze on public school letter grades

Public school letter grades could not plunge during a two-year move to the Common Core academic standards under a bill that won approval. The proposal is aimed at softening the impact of the national tests that go with Common Core, which is set to take full effect for the 2014-2015 school year.

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Charter school bill heads to Delaware Senate

The Delaware State Board of Education can study more closely the impact charter schools have on surrounding districts and impose conditions on them under new proposed legislation. It replaces a more controversial bill that allowed board officials to reject new charters based on the impact they would have on existing schools.

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Ohio voters approve 69 percent of school levies

Ohio voters approved 69 percent of the school levies on the May 6 ballot, the second-highest approval rate in the last decade. Statewide, Ohioans voted in favor of 102 of 148 school taxes on the primary ballot. Voters approved 90 percent of renewal taxes but only 41 percent of new ones.

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Teacher attacks: Is there pressure not to report school violence?

In its investigation of workman comp claims in Baltimore, the Baltimore Sun found last year nearly 300 claims were filed by Baltimore school employees because of injuries received through assaults or altercations on the job. The report was so shocking to city leaders, they will hold hearings to look into the problem.

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Are test boycotts a growing trend?

At the bottom of the issue of teachers boycotting tests is the fact that federal, state and city bureaucracies keep imposing more and more standardized tests on schools. There seems to be little thought of how this will impact teachers, principals and teacher’s aides.

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The positives of uniformity

Acknowledging that education exists not only as an academic, but also as a social and socializing experience for children, it can be argued that a uniform or dress code remains exponentially beneficial.

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Parental involvement overrated? Don't buy it

A rapidly growing body of research looks at whether low-cost parental engagement interventions can cause changes in student performance. Results from randomized experiments suggest that involving parents is a potent, cost-effective and scalable way to increase student achievement in a number of settings.

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Who should pay to guard schoolchildren against Mother Nature?

It's worth debating what's the most fiscally responsible approach to building shelters against natural disasters: that is, whether to raise more money or to fund the projects from existing tax revenue. But leaving schoolchildren's safety up to the whims (and resources) of local voters is the wrong way to go.

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Mass. city to expand school construction and major capital projects department

Springfield's Department of Capital Asset Construction, which oversees major public construction projects, including new school buildings, will be expanding its ranks to include a new director, senior project manager and project manager.The department presently outsources these responsibilities to private project management firms for as much as $30,000 a month.

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