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Rural N.J. districts need more funding, lawsuit against DOE states

A fight for better funding in 16 rural New Jersey school districts has led to a lawsuit filed by the Education Law Center against the New Jersey Department of Education. The majority of the schools districts listed in the lawsuit and have been be inadequately funded when compared to other districts, the complaint argues.

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State denies proposed charter school

The Tennessee State Board of Education denied a proposed charter school in Cheatham County. The board made the decision following an appeal hearing with the supporters of Cumberland Academy and the Cheatham County school district. Two critical areas of concern were the financial plan and educational plan for special-education students.

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Kansas district considers $223 million bond issue for school upgrades

Shawnee Mission School District Superintendent Jim Hinson proposed asking voters for a $223 million bond issue to pay for upgraded security, new and remodeled schools and a new aquatics center, among other projects.

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Calif. districts taking unconventional steps to ensure special needs kids get to school

School districts are required by law to provide transportation, if needed, to fulfill students’ special needs and they use a variety of methods to do that. Sometimes that means transporting students miles away from home by car service, taxi and even employee’s personal vehicles to get them to a specialized school.

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Louisiana receives $1.7 million in federal grants for school safety

The Louisiana Education Department and three local public school systems have been awarded $1.7 million to prevent violence and address it when it occurs. The grants are part of a federal program to improve school safety since the 2012 mass shootings in Sandy Hook, Conn.

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ACT testing to be given to all Minn. high school juniors

A big change is coming to the way Minnesota’s high school seniors are measured for their proficiency in learning. After 2013 legislative action, instead of testing seniors with the GRAD test as they exit, all 11th graders will be required to take the ACT in the spring of their junior year. The test will be paid for by the state and given at local schools.

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Pa. passes education bill that deals with construction and accountability

The state House passed a multi-faceted education bill that streamlines the school construction approval process, creates a publicly accessible database to monitor school spending, and puts into law an option for dealing with school closures due to weather emergencies.

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Amendment would raise bar for unfunded mandates for Ala. districts

A statewide amendment on the November 2014 ballot would make it harder for the Alabama Legislature to impose new requirements on school systems without providing money to pay for the changes. Supporters say it would provide schools with the same protections city and county governments have had for years.

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Number of students in high-performing Denver schools dips slightly

The number of Denver students in high-performing schools in Denver declined 1 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to data released by Denver Public Schools. Of the district’s 154 schools, 60 percent of students attend a school rated in the top two categories.

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Bethlehem Area school district to appeal charter expansion to state court

The district plans to appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court a lower court ruling that could allow a Bethlehem charter school to open a second location. The legal battle centers around the charter school wanting to open a dedicated middle school in a shuttered Catholic school. Bethlehem school officials argue state law prohibits that.

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