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Governor explains allocation veto decision

“Stability and predictability” were chosen over an extra $55.7 million for Iowa’s public schools. Gov. Terry Branstad defended his decision to veto a one-time allocation for the state’s 338 public K12 school districts that had been approved in a legislative compromise.

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House lawmakers push school bullying prevention

A bipartisan duo of House members have introduced legislation that would require school districts that receive funding through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to establish policies that ban bullying on the basis of race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation or religion.

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Washington middle schools lift dress code restrictions

The collaboration answers concerns that arose from several groups of students this year who questioned what they saw as gender-biased dress codes.

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Body cameras making their way into Iowa schools

The 4,300-student district along the eastern Iowa border is thought to be among the first in the nation to outfit administrators at each of the district's eight school buildings with a body camera.

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Women, minorities struggle on Missouri teaching exams

The racial disparity also is troubling because while classrooms are becoming more diverse, the pool of available teachers is not.

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Volunteers sought to beautify schools in Detroit

Businesses and community groups are being asked to help beautify the interiors and exteriors of Detroit schools as part of Neighborhoods Day.

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Consensus far from clear on renaming Confederate-linked schools

Houston ISD board president Rhonda Skillern-Jones has said she wants her fellow trustees to consider renaming six campuses, following the June shooting deaths of nine black worshipers by an alleged white supremacist at a church in South Carolina. In that state, the Confederate flag hangs outside the capitol.

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Vermont school districts gear up for universal pre-K

Passed last year, Act 166 requires every school district to provide access to at least 10 hours per week of free pre-K for all children ages 3 to 5 not in kindergarten during the school year, either by running an in-house program or paying tuition to independent providers.

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Large Virginia district adds gender identity to nondiscrimination policy

The Arlington School Board voted to include gender identity and expression to its nondiscrimination policies for hiring teachers and other employees.

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Ohio to replace time-consuming PARCC tests in schools

Gov. John Kasich has decided that math and English PARCC testing will no longer happen in the state. The proposed bill bans the state from spending any money on the testing. Instead, Ohio students will be tested on Common Core standards once a year, at the end of the year, with an American Institutes for Research assessment.

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