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Florida Senate committee advances testing bill

With technology glitches hampering testing in major school districts, a Senate committee advanced legislation that represents the first significant attempt to scale back the scope of exams in Florida’s public schools.

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Legislative leaders unveil block grant school funding plans for Kansas

The plan would replace the state’s existing formula for distributing its aid to 286 school districts. The measure incorporates a proposal to give districts block grants instead — based on their current aid — until lawmakers can write a new formula during the next two years.

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Snow day waivers considered for Tennessee districts

Tennessee's education department will determine on a case-by-case basis the lifting of a district's requirement of teaching 180 instructional days because of a recent winter storm which prompted a statewide Level 2 state of emergency.

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Elementary school drops homework and tells kids to play instead

A New York public elementary school is abolishing traditional homework assignments, instead encouraging students to read books and spend time with their family — a move that is outraging parents who say they may pull their kids out of the school.

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N.C. district has highest paid superintendent in area

The Alamance-Burlington School Board is under fire after taxpayers learned members voted to pay the districts newly hired superintendent $330,000 a year — making the superintendent's salary the highest in North Carolina and in several other Southern states.

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Dallas ISD trustees want carbon monoxide detectors in all schools

After more than a dozen students and staff were sickened this week at Lakewood Elementary by high carbon monoxide levels, school trustees and parents called for the installation of detectors in all Dallas public schools. Buying and installing the carbon monoxide detectors in all 223 schools could cost more than $7 million.

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19 Michigan school districts expected to eliminate deficits by summer

Nineteen of the 56 Michigan school districts in deficit are expected to be in the black by the end of June. The districts currently in deficit represent about 10 percent of the school's traditional public school districts.

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School takeover plan wins Georgia Senate’s approval

Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to take over as many as 100 low-performing public schools won approval in the Georgia Senate, although it’s likely to face a tougher test as it now moves to the state House.

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More kids are eating fruit at school, study finds

Since updated government-subsidized lunchroom guidelines went into effect in 2012, the percentage of students choosing fruit in the cafeteria increased from 54 in 2012 to 66 percent in 2014 and those eating the healthier entrees went from 74 to 84 percent.

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Beverly Hall passes away with her legacy and criminal case unresolved

The former Atlanta schools superintendent whose renown as an education reformer dissolved amid the ignominy of the nation’s largest test-cheating scandal, died of breast cancer at the age of 68.

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