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Florida school evaluations - Get grades right

The State Board of Education should take the advice of the Florida’s Association of District School Superintendents, Education Association and PTA and Fund Education Now: Delay issuing school grades until the new curriculum and the new test are finalized - and tested.

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1/3 of states will have fewer high school graduates by 2022

While the overall number of high school graduates will drop slightly, the number of Hispanic grads is expected to rapidly increase, according to new data released by the National Center for Education Statistics.

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Bill seeks school area for nursing mothers

An education bill in Virginia would require each school board to set aside a non-restroom space out of public view in a school for mothers to take breaks of “reasonable length” during the school day to express milk.

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Governor helps pick 'innovative school districts'

Two Kansas school districts may soon receive sweeping exemptions from state laws and regulations under new legislation that aims to give schools leeway to innovate.

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Superintendent can advise attendance boundary lines in Md. county

The Harford County Board of Education approved changes in school policies, including allowing the superintendent to "unilaterally" propose changes to the boundary lines of a school attendance area, although school board members will have the final say.

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Bill to return unused Recovery School District buildings to local board

Under current law, the Recovery School District controls the buildings of any schools it takes over. The local school board continues to own the property but can't use it. The proposed bill would require the unused school buildings be returned to the board.

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Most Chicago schools not reporting serious crime to state database

The Illinois State Board of Education has maintained the School Incident Reporting System database where, by law, parents can find out about every serious school incident in the state. Less than one-third of the Chicago area's schools report incidents to this system.

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Districts look at extended school days and years

Some lawmakers want school time extension to go beyond just tacking a few days and hours. Arranged to include frequent, shorter breaks, year-round calendars could help reduce "summer slide.”

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Missouri House committee approves bill to block new standards

The measure to prevent the nationwide rollout of the federal Common Core standards in the state was approved by a House committee. Building concern from parents bolstered a measure to repeal the standards in Missouri, said bill sponsor Rep. Kurt Bahr.

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Bill to void Common Core passes Indiana House

The Indiana House overwhelmingly approved a bill that would void Common Core standards. Senate Bill 91, passed by the full Senate last month, now heads to a conference committee to resolve differences with the Senate version.

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