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In marathon session, Wisconsin lawmakers tackle school vouchers

The schools plan by Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee would boost spending on public schools instead of cutting it by $127 million over two years as Gov. Scott Walker has proposed. It would also require the state to come up with education guidelines separate from the Common Core standards.

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Charters might move into closed Chicago public schools

Chicago's public school system is contemplating reversing a decision to not allow the sale of any vacant school properties to charter schools since the mass closings of schools in 2013. Taxpayers end up paying extra to charter schools who are forced to rent on the private market in addition to paying to maintain the 40 empty school buildings the city already owns.

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Record number of New York school budgets approved

A record 99 percent of school budgets passed in New York with just nine spending plans rejected. New York's nearly 700 school districts proposed an average spending increase of 1.9 percent and a tax levy increase of 1.6 percent.

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Hundreds of math exams invalidated as Florida

Adding to the growing list of miscues for Florida's school-testing system, nearly 800 Pasco County students had their state math end-of-course exams invalidated because proctors gave them the wrong calculators.

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New Jersey students' art depicting police brutality sets off controversy

Artwork depicting scenes of police brutality has set off a firestorm of comments from police supporters who have called the images "a gross misrepresentation." The project in question in the district art show, which featured hundreds of pieces of artwork created by K12 students, included drawings and captions depicting viewpoints on a current controversial issue chosen by students.

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Districts looking to outfit every school bus with cameras

An Alabama school bus safety bill is waiting on a signature from the governor and, if signed into law, it would allow school systems to put cameras on their buses.

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Special needs school vouchers being added to Wisconsin budget

Republicans leaders of the Wisconsin legislature’s budget writing committee say they plan to add language that would create a special needs private school voucher program.

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No school for thousands of Washington kids as teachers hold walkout

Thousands of public-school teachers from Seattle, Mercer Island and Issaquah marched through downtown Seattle to appeal for higher pay and to protest the Legislature’s failure to budget money to lower class sizes.

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Bill to return Recovery School District charters fails in House

The Louisiana House voted down a bill that would have mandated the immediate return to Orleans Parish of all schools that had been in the Recovery system for at least five years and were no longer failing. The Recovery School District took over 80 percent of New Orleans public schools after Hurricane Katrina.

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Asthma intervention can lead to fewer school absences

Greater communication between school nurses and families on how to manage asthma could help reduce the number of school absences for children afflicted with the chronic disease, according to preliminary data from an ongoing study in Connecticut.

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