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Maine ed committee approves moratorium on virtual charter schools

Under an amended bill, the state would partner with New Hampshire’s state-run virtual academy to allow any Maine student to access their online resources by this fall.

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Wisconsin approves new K12 financial literacy grants

Wisconsin’s Departments of Financial Institutions and Public Instruction are teaming up to provide a $250,000 statewide grant program to encourage K12 districts to incorporate personal finance education into their curricula.

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House approves Utah bill to award grants for preschool

The House voted to create a state program to award grants to schools, families and day-care centers to implement quality preschool curriculum for at-risk kids.

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Board signs off on turning Nashville schools into pre-K hubs

The Nashville Metro board voted unanimously to transform two elementary schools into new pre-K hubs as part of a plan to expand prekindergarten over the next four years.

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CO superintendents come together to draw line on school funding

A letter signed by 171 of the state’s 178 superintendents this week calls for the legislature to more than double the proposed increase in next year’s state funding for K12 education.

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AP participation nearly double in 10 years

While more students than ever are taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses, many are still failing the tests, according to the College Board, which administers the AP program.

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Florida education commissioner proposes plan to simplify grading system

For months, parents, principals and policy makers have lodged the same complaint: The school grading system has become so complex, it is virtually meaningless. Commissioner Pam Stewart unveiled her plans to simplify it.

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Oregon district accuses teachers union of illegal strike

In a complaint filed with the Employment Relations Board, the Portland Public Schools’ legal counsel argues one of the union’s justifications for a strike is class size, which is not on the list of issues that are grounds for a legal strike.

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Be a source for our story on robotics

District Administration is doing an article on the latest trends in the use of robotics in K12 classrooms. If your district is innovating in this emerging field of instruction, your experience may be a good fit for our article. Please click on the link to contact us.

Bethlehem, Pa., board rejects Advanced Military Aerospace charter school

The Bethlehem Area School Board rejected a proposed charter school with an aerospace science curriculum in a military-style setting, citing a lack of community and financial support, among other concerns.

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