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Lawmakers to discuss splitting Seattle district and mayor-appointed board members

A House Education Committee will take discuss a bill that would give Seattle Mayor Ed Murray the power to appoint two of the seven members of the school board. Lawmakers will consider the bill one week before they take up another proposal — a bill that would split Seattle Public Schools into two districts.

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Plan approved to attract teachers to rural South Dakota schools

South Dakota's House Appropriations Committee approved a proposal to offer tuition assistance to certain rural school employees to get teaching degrees in South Dakota if they agree to teach in their same school district for 5 years.

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Trial challenging use of pepper spray by police continues

A trial to determine whether School Resource Officers at Birmingham high schools should be allowed to use pepper spray to control disorderly students will go into its third week. The lawsuit claims the officers are quick to use the chemical weapon despite its harmful effects, especially for individuals with asthma or similar conditions.

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Philadelphia school district seeking hundreds of teachers

The city says it is looking to hire 400 new teachers for the next school year, and there’s a new application process to make it easier.

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Vermont governor proposes cuts in prison education program

A proposal by Gov. Peter Shumlin would cut $1.7 million from the Community High School of Vermont’s budget next year by closing a number of the field offices that support the high school completion program offered within the Department of Corrections.

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109 schools in New York reported zero bullying incidents

Last year, 109 of the 403 schools in the eight Western New York counties made zero reports under the Dignity Act, according to data released by the State Education Department. More than half of the region's schools self-reported five or fewer incidents of harassment and discrimination.

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Wyoming House approves bill allowing guns in schools

Legislation that would allow people with concealed-gun permits to carry firearms into public schools and government meetings won approval from the Wyoming House of Representatives. The bill would repeal “gun-free zones” carved out around elementary and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities.

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Texas lawmaker proposes bill that would allow weapons in classrooms

The proposed HBl 868 bill, titled the Teacher's Protection Act, would give teachers the right to use deadly force on campus, on a school bus or at school-sponsored activities to defend not only themselves and students, but school property.

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On Common Core, governor urges Louisiana school board to offer alternative test

Gov. Bobby Jindal, who opposes Common Core academic standards, has no legal authority over Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. He has instead used an executive order to issue a strong suggestion for testing alternatives, rather than a requirement for other assessment options.

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Increases for Wisconsin's rural districts not enough, officials say

As Gov. Scott Walker is set to propose a $19 million increase in money for rural schools, education officials believe it doesn't go far enough to help struggling districts in less populated parts of the state.

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