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Board of Education endorses pay ladder for Idaho teachers

Idaho’s state Board of Education has unanimously endorsed legislation to set up a “career ladder” for Idaho teachers, phasing in substantial pay increases if teachers meet performance standards.

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N.J. Senate wants to examine later school start times

Bill calls on the Department of Education to consider requiring middle and high schools to start their days after 8:30 a.m., as suggested by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Another bill would require the study to gauge potential negative effects of later start times on school districts.

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Mississippi Board of Education releases 'bolder' strategic plan

The goal of raising the state's graduation rate to 83 percent? Now officials want every student to graduate high school. Forget trying to boost test scores to where 60 percent of all students score proficient or higher by 2016. Now, the aim is that all students will score at a proficient or higher level on every single state test.

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Oklahoma school districts stand to recover millions in lost tax revenue

School districts across Oklahoma could recoup as much as $18 million in state aid for the current fiscal year, a revenue stream state Education Department officials say has been miscalculated annually for more than two decades.

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No-frills spending plan adopted for Philadelphia schools

Even in a best-case scenario, the Philadelphia School District faces a $30 million deficit for next year. And that's with asking for $309 million in new money from the city and state, and not planning on any teacher raises over the next five years.

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Ohio governor vows to get tough on charter schools

Calls for more regulation for Ohio charter schools and their sponsor organizations have accelerated in recent months following allegations of misspending and misbehavior in a chain of charter schools and recent reports showing the schools need more oversight to be successful.

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N.Y. governor signals major changes for education next year

Gov. Andrew Cuomo appears ready to push for sweeping changes to the state’s education system, with goals that include making it easier to fire low-performing teachers and increasing the number of charter schools.

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Florida high school grades released

The state released report cards and graduation rates for the 2013-14 school year. Graduation rates increased to an 11-year high of 76.1 percent, an increase of 0.5 percent over last year, and a rise of nearly 17 percentage points since 2003-04.

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Pittsburgh school board OKs budget with no change in property tax rate

Pittsburgh Public Schools’ board of directors approved a final budget of $556.8 million for 2015. More than half of the budget is allocated for salaries and benefits, with other large items including the district’s debt service, charter school tuition fees, transportation and education.

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Coalition releases school grades for parents

Colorado parents looking for more user-friendly information about their school’s academic performance last year can now search an updated online database that ranks schools on an A-F grading scale. ColoradoSchoolGrades.com uses data from the Colorado Department of Education and a formula developed by the University of Colorado Denver to compute the grades.

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