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Minnesota legislation designed to give students school options

A new measure would let a family of a special education student deposit in a savings account special education and regular per-pupil funding a school district receives for the child. Money from the account could be withdrawn to pay for the student to attend classes somewhere other than the local public school.

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Bill to limit school councils' decision-making passes Ky. committee

The Kentucky Senate Education Committee has passed a bill that would limit the authority school councils have across the state. With less power, the councils would be more advisory and the superintendent would make policy decisions. The bill is now set to go before the full Senate for a vote.

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$175 million school bond calls for community input in Michigan district

Grand Rapids Public Schools will begin engaging the community for support on a 30-year, $175 million November ballot proposal beginning in April. Most of the bond — more than $150 million would go toward building construction.

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Nebraska education board OKs new public schools rating system

Public schools that improved test scores for struggling students will boost their state performance ratings under a new Nebraska accountability system. The Nebraska Board of Education also decided to seek a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Law.

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Calif. districts struggling to develop support for youth in foster care

A new report on California’s foster youth revealed serious issues with the local school district and state systems of support for this particularly under-performing group of students. The SRI Education and J. Koppich and Associates' report also found that California lacks a comprehensive data system to track foster youth.

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House OKs bill diminishing seniority in teacher layoffs in Minnesota

New legislation would require school districts to consider performance, not just seniority, when laying off teachers. The bill would also make it easier for out-of-state teachers to become licensed in Minnesota.

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Wyoming education board to review science standards

A budget footnote passed during the 2014 budget session of the Legislature halted any discussion of the Next Generation Science Standards and brought to a halt the state-level review of science guidelines. With legislative restrictions lifted, the State Board of Education is set to get back to work on its science standards.

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Lawmaker aims for national help to reduce school suspensions

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey introduced a bill aimed at reducing the rate of student suspension across the nation's schools. The Keep Kids in School Act specifically takes aim at the discrepancies in the nation's suspension rates with students of color and students with disabilities.

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11 more Nevada schools will become year-round

Year-round scheduling means schools can accommodate about 20 percent more students by splitting them between five tracks. The change comes with an increase in operational costs, estimated to be about $308,000 for each school.

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Baltimore rejects guns in schools for police

Baltimore's school police will remain the only police officers in the state of Maryland forbidden to have firearms within public schools while classes are in session.

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