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Iowa Senate OKs local control for school calendars

The Iowa Senate approved a bill that authorizes school districts and accredited nonpublic schools to determine their school start date based on the best educational interests of students.

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Alabama Senate approves charter school bill

Legislation has been approved to allow school districts to convert existing public schools to charter schools and authorize the establishment of up to 10 start-up charter schools in the state each year for at least five years.

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New York district board could consider standardized tests ‘boycott’

The Kenmore Tonawanda School Board is considering a possible boycott of the state's standardized tests for students in grades 3 through 8 unless Governor Andrew Cuomo releases state aid information to school districts and changes the education funding formula.

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Michigan governor to take control of school reform office

Gov. Rick Snyder is planning to strip the office that works alongside the controversial Education Achievement Authority school district from control of the state Department of Education and place it under his direct oversight.

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Superintendents override school board policies in low-performing schools

The Wisconsin Assembly could vote next week on a school accountability bill that would place sole decision-making power with a school district superintendent to improve a low-performing school if the public school did not improve after three years of taking steps outlined in the bill.

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Accountability Act changes may mean more failing schools

The number of Alabama's public schools listed as failing could grow under a bill that would make significant changes to the state's Accountability Act. The legislation would also raise the current cap on aggregate tax credits claimed by families of students in failing schools to $35 million per calendar year.

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Kansas school officials speak in opposition to block-grant funding bill

School officials from Wichita and around the state voiced strong opposition to a bill that would put state aid for school districts into flexible block grants, saying it would reduce accountability and hamper districts’ ability to provide services to students.

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Cyber-attacks investigated for delayed Florida school testing

Florida authorities are investigating cyber-attacks that delayed newly computerized standardized school testing last week. The investigation stemmed from reports that a number of school districts encountered "white screens" after logging into the controversial tests.

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Court to hear first arguments on Pennsylvania school funding lawsuit

State officials will begin arguing about whether a school funding lawsuit should continue. Last fall, School District of Lancaster and five other districts filed a lawsuit against the state, contending that Pennsylvania's school funding system is unpredictable and does not deliver the essential resources students need.

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Bill would forbid charter school gift card enrollment reward in Indiana

A proposed law, which primarily focuses on expanding state takeover of failing schools, would forbid schools from offering gift cards to prospective students or families in exchange for enrolling at the school, or to any person who refers students to the school.

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