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S.C. lawmakers ask court to rehear school equity case

Gov. Nikki Haley and state lawmakers are fighting a court order aimed at improving the state’s school system in rural, poor districts. In two petitions filed with the South Carolina Supreme Court, attorneys asked the justices to rehear a landmark school equity lawsuit that rural school districts brought against the state more than 20 years ago.

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Kansas not adequately funding K12 schools

A three-judge panel in Shawnee County District Court ruled that the state is not meeting its constitutional duty to adequately fund K12 schools. If the state, already facing a revenue shortfall, is ordered to increase state funding for education significantly, lawmakers would not have to grapple with that issue until 2016.

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57 Michigan school districts in deficit, state says

The number of school districts and charter schools operating at a deficit increased during the past fiscal year from 52 to 57 and included Michigan’s state-run district for failing schools.

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Oklahoma considering stronger requirements for school instructional time

An Oregon Department of Education hearing discussED revising instructional time requirements, addressing an issue that arose when some Portland Public Schools parents accused the district of violating state law. The proposed changes address many aspects of the law, including what counts as instructional time and student enrollment in classes.

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Alabama lawmakers to bring up charter school bill in 2015

Alabama is one of eight states that do not allow charter schools, and some legislators want to change that. Several Republican lawmakers said they will make another push to establish charter schools in Alabama, at least on a limited basis.

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Overpopulated N.C. schools spur study, forums for redistricting

An agreement between the board of education and Onslow County Board of Commissioners compels school leaders to pursue alternative solutions to enrollment growth before building new schools. The school system is studying reassignment to mitigate years of growth in Jacksonville and Richlands.

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N.Y. district takes state to court over special ed students

East Ramapo officials are again taking the state to court in their battle against what the state says is repeated noncompliance with a law covering disabled students' education.

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Some schools in New Jersey dropping midterms, finals

Several North Jersey districts have dropped midterms and finals—the motive is partly to regain instruction time as standardized tests take up more days each year. But school officials say they’re also looking at the larger issue of how to determine what students have learned.

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Board of Education endorses pay ladder for Idaho teachers

Idaho’s state Board of Education has unanimously endorsed legislation to set up a “career ladder” for Idaho teachers, phasing in substantial pay increases if teachers meet performance standards.

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N.J. Senate wants to examine later school start times

Bill calls on the Department of Education to consider requiring middle and high schools to start their days after 8:30 a.m., as suggested by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Another bill would require the study to gauge potential negative effects of later start times on school districts.

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