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Most Chicago schools not reporting serious crime to state database

The Illinois State Board of Education has maintained the School Incident Reporting System database where, by law, parents can find out about every serious school incident in the state. Less than one-third of the Chicago area's schools report incidents to this system.

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Districts look at extended school days and years

Some lawmakers want school time extension to go beyond just tacking a few days and hours. Arranged to include frequent, shorter breaks, year-round calendars could help reduce "summer slide.”

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Missouri House committee approves bill to block new standards

The measure to prevent the nationwide rollout of the federal Common Core standards in the state was approved by a House committee. Building concern from parents bolstered a measure to repeal the standards in Missouri, said bill sponsor Rep. Kurt Bahr.

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Bill to void Common Core passes Indiana House

The Indiana House overwhelmingly approved a bill that would void Common Core standards. Senate Bill 91, passed by the full Senate last month, now heads to a conference committee to resolve differences with the Senate version.

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California district’s kindergarten day extension adds 54 days of instruction

Roseville City School District plans to roll out extended-day kindergarten across all 14 of its elementary campuses next school year, the result of a successful pilot program and changing curriculum standards.

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Boston school budget would cut jobs, reduce bus service

Superintendent John McDonough is presenting a balanced budget for the next school year that looks to cut about 120 central office positions and slash bus rides for seventh- and eighth-graders. The change would affect more than 4,500 students.

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Call to consolidate districts in Vermont

A proposal being developed by the House Education committee would encourage schools to form larger districts in the next few years. The proposal would replace all the local school boards in the new district with one single board.

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Philidelphia district has deals to sell several schools

Four buyers would scoop up several of its recently closed buildings, netting the district about $25 million - well under the target the district must meet to cover the city's $50 million outlay that helped schools open on time last fall.

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Injunctions lifted that prevented Louisiana voucher program

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the injunction became moot after the Louisiana Supreme Court upheld a state district ruling in 2013 that the state’s previous voucher funding method was unconstitutional.

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Maine education commissioner recommends school safety clearinghouse

Creating a school safety center within the Department of Education could do more to improve the safety of Maine’s schools than billions of dollars in security upgrades, according to a briefing delivered to the Legislature’s education committee.

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