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Missouri governor seeks increase in education funding

More than half of Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposed $129 million increase in basic aid to elementary and secondary schools hinges on the Legislature’s expanding Medicaid to cover the working poor, a move GOP legislative leaders have called a nonstarter.

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ACLU wants curb on restraints in schools

The number of times that students were secluded or restrained in Ohio’s public schools last school year should be a call for schools to reduce their reliance on such interventions, the ACLU of Ohio said. A recent report showed that students were secluded about 5,000 times last school year and were restrained about 9,000 times.

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More freedom for Minnesota schools to tax for repairs

A state senator wants to make it easier for Minnesota school districts to raise property taxes for maintenance funding. Senator Kevin Dahle proposes letting districts raise property taxes on residents without a public vote. Twenty-five districts already have that ability.

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Boston public school grads exceed charter-school peers

Fifty percent of students who graduated from Boston public high schools in 2007 and enrolled in college had earned a degree or another kind of post-secondary credential within six years versus 42 percent of charter school graduates, according to a new Boston Opportunity Agenda report.

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Mississippi bills target school cheating

A series of bills would give the Mississippi Department of Education new tools to investigate and punish cheating in public schools and make their parent districts responsible for the costs incurred as a result.

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New effort underway to change Maryland charter schools law

Maryland should recruit successful charter schools to the state and consider granting them greater autonomy and control over teacher contracts, according to a new study by the Abell Foundation.

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Montanans weigh in on bill to expand school districts

Students, administrators, teachers and parents weighed in on a bill that would give three medium sized school districts the opportunity to build a high school of their own. A proposed bill in Montana would allow voters in certain medium-sized school districts to create their own high school.

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Largest Alabama school system may ban e-cigarette use

The Mobile County school board will consider a revision to its tobacco use policy that would include electronic cigarettes on the list of tobacco products prohibited on school grounds.

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Out-of-school suspensions can hamper even unpunished students

A new study of a large urban Kentucky school district showed that all students who attended schools with high suspension rates suffered declining academic achievement.

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The guidance counselor crisis

How might schools better equip students with a shortage of guidance counselors? One solution is to bring in mentors who take pressure off the overwhelmed guidance counselors. Retirees are one great source of talent — they have the experience, time and wisdom.

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