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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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Tennessee bill would let parents initiate school reform process

For the second year in a row, the state legislature is reviewing a bill that would enable parents to initiate major reforms at a low-performing public school. The bill would enable parents of students enrolled in a public school in the bottom 10 percent to petition their local school board to reform their school.

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Changes to Ohio House’s charter-school bill

A move to clamp down on expensive building leases is among the latest changes to a bill that would overhaul state charter-school laws. In addition, a provision was removed that poorly performing schools could not change sponsors without approval by the Ohio Department of Education.

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Senate Education Committee convenes hearing on private school tax credits, vouchers

The Texas bill would create a $100 million private school tuition program that would let lower-income students attend private or religious schools. Funding would come through donations by businesses, who would in turn receive credits on their state business taxes.

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Panel backs bill expanding Arkansas school resource officers' reach

An Arkansas legislative committee passed a bill to increase the jurisdiction of school resource officers if they are accompanying students on a field trip or outside of the school district boundaries. In addition, the committee advanced a bill to allow public dollars to fund private-school scholarships for children with severe disabilities.

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Wisconsin bill requires food protection certificates for school lunch

A school food safety bill in Wisconsin would require school lunch programs to obtain a food protection certificate before the facility could serve students. The bill would extend the requirement for restaurants to any school lunch program associated with the National School Lunch Program.

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Tennessee General Assembly to consider seat belts on school buses

Two committees in the state's General Assembly will consider a bill that would require seat belts on school buses, proposed by a lawmaker in response to a deadly school bus crash in December.

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House panel moves school choice bill

A wide-ranging bill that would allow parents to transfer their students to any school in the state that had not reached 90 percent of its capacity, regardless of county lines was approved by a House panel. It would also require districts to set up a process for parents to request that their children be removed from teachers’ classes.

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