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Maryland school system unveils new elementary pilot program

Anne Arundel County public schools will launch a pilot program this new school year giving some elementary school students instruction in specific themes, including global studies, arts and the humanities, and the use of science and technology in society.

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Arizona must boost school funding immediately

Arizona must immediately increase its funding for public schools by about $317 million, a judge has ruled. The money is the first payment on a bill that will total $1.6 billion over five years. The judgment was issued in a lawsuit that alleged the state shorted the public-school system for four years during the recession when it did not fully cover the annual cost of inflation.

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Judge rules N.C. school voucher program unconstitutional

A Superior Court judge overturned a state law that awards taxpayer-funded vouchers to low-income families who want to send their children to private or religious schools. He ruled that the Opportunity Scholarship program is unconstitutional, upholding legal challenges filed by several North Carolina associations and dozens of local school boards.

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ASCD offers new resources for educators

ASCD is offering a new selection of teacher and administrator resources, including the ASCD New Teacher Bundle, the Hanging In: Working with Challenging Students webinar and the ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership, among other publications and events.

Michigan reform plan isn't an attack on charters

The Michigan Board of Education has issued common-sense recommendations to increase accountability and transparency among charter schools. The legislature needs to make sure all state-supported schools are providing educational quality and are subject to the same rules. Those should be the only criteria discussed when we talk about education in Michigan, no matter what form of governance a school has.

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Wavier gives Kentucky public schools flexibility

The U.S. Department of Education has again rightfully approved Kentucky’s request for a one-year extension of its Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility waiver (ESEA). But far too many students graduate high school unprepared for either college or the workforce. Until that number is greatly reduced, both the Kentucky Education Reform Act and ESEA will far fall short of their ambitious goals.

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New poll finds declining confidence in education policies

The American public has sharpened its belief that the federal government should not play a dominant role in public education, with a majority saying they do not support initiatives that they believe were created or promoted by federal policymakers, the PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools shows.

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California announces $193.9 million for school construction projects

The State Allocation Board announced that it has awarded approximately $193.9 million for school construction projects throughout the state. It awarded approximately $100.5 million for 34 School Facility Program projects within 21 school districts statewide.

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Schools need adequate reserves

Many Pennsylvania school districts have begun to cannibalize their long-term reserve funds to balance their operating budgets — a short-term fix that can only lead to more long-term problems. The situation illustrates further that the state government pays an inadequate share of public school funding.

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Layoffs of 63 teachers approved by New York district's board

Buffalo school administrators said the layoffs were primarily the result of under-enrolled classes, but school board members said the last-minute layoffs are not fair to students and that class sizes are growing in struggling schools.

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