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Tennessee General Assembly to consider seat belts on school buses

Two committees in the state's General Assembly will consider a bill that would require seat belts on school buses, proposed by a lawmaker in response to a deadly school bus crash in December.

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House panel moves school choice bill

A wide-ranging bill that would allow parents to transfer their students to any school in the state that had not reached 90 percent of its capacity, regardless of county lines was approved by a House panel. It would also require districts to set up a process for parents to request that their children be removed from teachers’ classes.

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Georgia's largest school system aims to hire teachers, boost pay

Gwinnett County Schools plans to add 175 teacher positions for the next school year teachers and hopes an increase in starting pay will help attract the new hires.

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Report calling for more oversight to prevent charter school fraud draws rebuke

California lawmakers must strengthen financial oversight of charter schools to stem cases of fraud and mismanagement that have already cost taxpayers $81 million, according to a new report from several advocacy groups.

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N.Y. governor's plan would withhold school aid until evaluation deal

A plan developed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans will hold back a school funding increase until June, when an appointed commission would recommend a new teacher-evaluation system. A previous understanding between the House and the Senate had indicated that education funding would not be contingent on the enactment of reforms.

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School consolidation bill introduced in Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania representative has introduced legislation that would require school districts to consolidate their administrative functions on a countywide basis. The Public School Code would be amended for all counties except Philadelphia, which already has its own unified public school system.

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House panel rejects Michigan governor's school initiatives

A state House committee rejected funding for most of Gov. Rick Snyder’s major education initiatives. The House panel gutted funding increases requested for at-risk schools, a third-grade reading program and special support for financially distressed districts.

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Seven school systems sue Tennessee over education funding

The Chattanooga area school systems have filed suit against the state of Tennessee for not sufficiently funding local schools as mandated under the law. The suit further alleges that Tennessee's Board of Education has instead created a system that shifts the cost of education to local districts.

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Minnesota school district to lay off over 150 employees

Minneapolis Public Schools will be laying off about 160 workers. The move will save the district $11.6 million. District officials say those savings will go to schools, allowing them to lower class sizes, reduce caseloads for special education teachers and increase learning time at middle and high schools.

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State school fund advances in Oregon

A state school fund of $7.255 billion has cleared its first hurdle following the joint budget subcommittee on education's approval. The amount is about $250 million less than what some advocates, including administrators and teachers, say is needed.

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