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Missouri school district increases stipends for coaches, sponsors

Springfield Public Schools, through collective bargaining with the Springfield National Education Association, will improve the stipend amounts for the 731 — or nearly 20 percent — of nearly 4,000 district employees who take on extra duties.

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Public money use by Washington school district still under investigation

State officials are still investigating allegations that Pasco School District officials used public money to advocate for a voter-approved $46.8 million bond, and a conclusion isn't likely until September at the earliest.

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Pennsylvania school districts debate cellphone policies

Some districts ban possession of such devices altogether while others allow students to bring them to school as long as they remain out of sight during the regular school day.

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St. Paul (Minn.) schools looking to ease concerns about discipline, disorder

During a recent sit-down with Silva, the teachers were heartened by the superintendent’s repeated support of “high standards of student conduct,” said Ian Keith, one of the teachers and a former president of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers.

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Georgia schools resist effort to arm teachers

A string of attacks at schools and colleges in California, Oregon and Washington state hasn’t swayed education officials who say bluntly that they don’t believe guns belong in schools.

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National Association of State Boards of Education sues Oklahoma over Common Core repeal

In Oklahoma, where Gov. Mary Fallin (R), recently repealed the controversial nationalized standards, petitioners organized by the National Associations of State Boards of Education (NASBE) have sued, arguing that the repeal of the Common Core standards is unconstitutional under Oklahoma state law.

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Wyoming schools likely free to use controversial science standards

Despite a statewide ban on a controversial set of K-12 science benchmarks, local school districts in Wyoming likely can use the standards freely.

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N.J. board agrees to transport students with special needs

The Trenton school district will transport city students with special needs to after-school programs. The district also agreed to notify parents of the agreement because they may have withdrawn their children from school due to transportation hardships.

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Pa. Supreme Court denies request for ruling on teacher seniority

The School Reform Commission in March asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to back the cash-strapped Philadelphia School District’s decision to disregard seniority for teacher assignments. The high court without comment denied the district’s request for a ruling.

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Charter school discrimination ban passed in North Carolina

The state House approved a measure that broadly bans discrimination against charter school applicants based on their sexual orientation or other federally and constitutionally protected classes.

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