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Legislators give growing Maryland school districts $20 million

Lawmakers announced that they would come up with an extra $20 million for a handful of growing school districts to deal with serious overcrowding. Five school systems qualified for the extra dollars this year, but that could change during the next session, depending on individual construction needs.

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Arizona House gives OK to electioneering ban on school officials

Arizona teachers are worried schools could lose the ability to inform parents about bond measures and other election information that affect their children's education if lawmakers pass a House bill. A provision would block school or charter school employees from speaking or distributing information in an official capacity to influence an election.

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Illinois districts dipping into reserves

As state and federal school funding sources dry up in Illinois, school districts are having to tap into their reserves and borrow more, despite significant cost-cutting measures taken in recent years, according to a new report by the Illinois State Board of Education.

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School funding deadlock stalls 2015 Iowa session

Heated debates over K12 school funding — which is the biggest line item in the state budget at almost $2.9 billion this fiscal year — appear to have stalled the progress of the Iowa Legislature's 2015 session. The lack of a deal on school funding levels means school districts can't develop their budgets for the next academic year.

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Bill to divert district funds to charter schools approved by Florida House

The Florida House approved a controversial proposal that could require school districts to share tens of millions of dollars in construction funds with rival charter schools.

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Ransomware attack takes N.J. district captive, delaying statewide PARCC testing

Staff and students of Swedesboro-Woolwich were unable to access computer programs, files and other network-related services for several days due to a ransomware malware attack. The attack has interfered not only with day-to-day academic activities, but also district email servers and the statewide PARCC test.

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Alabama county's school board approves plan for reductions in force

In a move meant to address inequities in staffing and stall the county board's reliance on its fund reserves to cover operating costs, the Jefferson County Board of Education approved a financial recovery plan that will lay off more than 160 positions and switch many employees on 12-month contracts to 10-month contracts.

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Connecticut rethinks school suspensions

The state Legislature’s education committee will vote on a bill prohibiting out-of-school suspensions or expulsions for students in preschool through the second grade. The issue has sparked debate between advocates who say the disciplinary measures are ineffective, and some superintendents who say schools need to be able to remove potentially violent students.

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New Orleans charter school principals tried to pick students, study says

One third of the 30 New Orleans public school principals in a new study admitted that they tried to choose the best students for admission, despite most charter schools professing to enroll all applicants. Of those 10 schools, eight had no official entrance requirements and were supposed to admit all.

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Senate panel kills school district takeover proposal

An amendment to an Indiana bill designed to overhaul the state’s process to try to improve schools that consistently rate a D or F removed a section that would have empowered the state to takeover entire school districts, not just individual schools.

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