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Most Californians believe breakfast during the school day is important

A new statewide poll found that two-thirds of California registered voters surveyed supported a proposal to require school campuses to serve breakfast during class hours rather than before. Three-fourths favored using existing federal funds to pay for the meals.

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Senate panel proposes phase-in of school funding shifts

Indiana Senate budget leaders proposed that shifts to local school funding be phased in over five years in order to lessen cuts that many urban and rural districts with shrinking enrollments have faced. The Senate committee's $31.5 billion plan includes 2.3 percent increases in school funding in both budget years.

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Wash. state's first charter school given deadline to address concerns

Seattle's First Place Scholars Charter School has until early next week to respond to concerns that educational requirements are not being met. State officials are not happy with the extent to which the school teaches the English language, the school's financial viability and its overall educational plan.

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Charter schools in nation's capitol see increased demand

The number of students waitlisted to attend a charter school next school year increased by 18 percent this year to 8,526 in Washington, D.C. Demand is particularly high for specialty programs, such as foreign language and Montessori schools, as well as preschool.

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Mich. Supreme Court upholds school employees' contribution changes

Changes to the Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System that passed the Michigan Legislature in 2012 are constitutional, according to the state's top court. Several unions challenged the portions of the law that increased the amount all public school employees have to contribute to their pensions in order to keep getting benefits.

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Florida leaders approve scaling back of school testing

The Florida Legislature sent to Gov. Rick Scott a bill that would scale back high-stakes testing in public schools. The measure eliminates some exams, reduces how much weight test scores carry in teacher evaluations and limits to 45 hours the time students can spend on testing each school year.

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Parental OK not needed for Healthy Kids Colorado Survey

Colorado schools are not required to obtain written parental consent before students take part in an every-other-year health and behavior survey, according to a formal opinion from the state Attorney General.

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N.J. proposal would require schools to release test results quickly

A new bill introduced in the state Senate aims to end the uncertainty of exactly how many students participated in PARCC testing. The proposal would require all schools to publicly release test participation rates within five days of the conclusion of testing.

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Seattle School Board not keen to enter charter-school business

Seattle School Board members mostly voiced displeasure at the notion of approving charter schools to operate within their district. Many members stressed that trying to green-light and oversee the publicly funded but independently run schools would demand significant staff time.

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W.Va. school board denies all snow-day forgiveness requests

The West Virginia Board of Education denied requests by all 27 school districts that applied for make-up-day forgiveness. The districts will have to further extend their last days of school to meet the new requirement this year for 180 separate instructional days.

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