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Lawmakers consider new plan for school make up days

The public was allowed to weigh on a Maine proposal that would allow schools to add an extra hour to days as a way to make up for those missed. Under the proposal, every snow day would equal five hours of class time.

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School bullying legislation advances in Iowa Legislature

Legislation aimed at reducing school bullying in Iowa advanced in the Legislature, but it remains unclear if it will have enough support to get to Gov. Terry Branstad's desk this session.

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Utah bill proposes spending $75 million on school technology

Lawmakers gave an early nod to a bill that would set aside $75 million in one-time and ongoing funding for school technology. Under the terms of the bill, schools and school districts would need to commit matching funds and present a technology plan in order to get a portion of the funding.

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Chicago voters back a non-binding call for an elected school board

Voters in 37 wards overwhelmingly endorsed an elected Chicago Board of Education — a non-binding outcome that nonetheless promises to stoke a long-running debate over the mayor's power to appoint board members.

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Should Baltimore school police be armed inside school walls?

A public hearing was heated regarding a proposed bill that would allow members of the 141-member city school police force to carry service weapons in school buildings while classes are in session. Under current law, city school officers can be armed only while patrolling the exterior of school buildings and before and after school hours.

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New York City needs more spots on sports teams for girls, federal officials say

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights found that the city needs to add more than 3,850 spots on sports teams for girls to be equally represented in high school athletics and meet Title IX provisions that prohibit discrimination based on sex.

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North Carolina Supreme Court weighs school voucher program

The North Carolina Supreme Court has started hearing arguments to determine whether the Opportunity Scholarships school voucher program created by state lawmakers two years ago is legal.

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Achievement School District’s test focus vulnerable to change

Tennessee’s unique Achievement School District, which seeks to turn around the state’s bottom 5 percent of public schools, would be impacted more directly than locally operated school districts if the state again changes its academic standards and assessments, according to a new report.

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W.V. Senate brings back charter schools bill

A highly debated bill to allow charter schools in West Virginia was “postponed indefinitely” during a Senate committee February 23. However, a move by the majority party brought the measure back into debate during the Senate's regular session the next day.

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Lawmakers approve two Missouri school transfer bills

Both Missouri Legislative chambers gave first-round approval to their respective school transfer measures, which expand virtual education options. The measures are the Legislature’s second try at modifying the current transfer law — which allows children in unaccredited school districts to transfer to higher-performing ones.

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