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Common Core-related bills stalled in Louisiana Senate

A group of bills are caught up in the Senate Education Committee waiting for review, including putting some limitations on what student data could be shared outside of Louisiana; a proposal that would allow school districts to select their own textbooks and curricula; and a piece of legislation that would allow parents to review the instructional materials being given to their children.

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Civil rights group alleges Alabama districts violated immigrant access law

The Southern Poverty Law Center is alleging 96 Alabama school districts are violating a federal law which prohibits denying a child's access to public education based on immigration status.

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Illinois funding proposal revised to limit funding losses

A proposal that would drastically change the way Illinois public schools has been amended to also limit the amount of funding some schools would lose under the plan. A Senate panel agreed to cap the amount of funding schools would lose under a new need-based funding formula at $1,000 per student.

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Ohio school safety proposal includes funds, penalties

Ohio schools would get $17 million in state aid for security upgrades while superintendents failing to submit emergency management plans would face penalties under a new school safety proposal.

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Teachers' report says Chicago broke promises on benefits of school closings

Despite promises by Chicago Public Schools to reinvest in classrooms the money saved by closing a historic number of schools one year ago, the Chicago Teachers Union says that the district spent most of those millions elsewhere.

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Colorado school funding signed into law

Two bills aimed at restoring school budgets have been signed into law. One of the K12 bills includes $110 million for public school districts to begin restoring recession cuts. That bill also sets aside money for certain programs, including $20 million for early literacy programs and up to $40 million from marijuana taxes for school construction.

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Tennessee late in delivering TCAP scores to schools

As the state trims the number of items being tested, officials are waiting on the more thorough statistical analysis of TCAP scores before releasing the quick scores. The delay complicates student report cards, as state law requires schools to use TCAP results for 15 to 25 percent of students' final grades in third through eighth grades.

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Normandy sues Missouri, 20 other districts over school transfer law

Normandy School District has filed a petition challenging the federal and state constitutionality of the law that has forced the unaccredited Normandy district to pay transportation and tuition expenses for about 1,000 children who left for higher-performing schools this year. The school transfer law has left the district nearly insolvent.

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Voters pass 98.3 percent of New York school budgets

Voters across New York approved 98.3 percent of school budgets up for a vote this week, according to the state School Boards Association. A survey by the group found 652 school districts saw their budgets passed, including 99.5 percent of the 645 districts that stayed within the state's property-tax cap.

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Illinois high school students will have to learn how to use defibrillators

High school students would be required to learn how to operate mobile defibrillators and learn cardio pulmonary resuscitation under legislation the Senate passed. Gov. Pat Quinn called the measure “common-sense legislation” that will make sure students are properly trained in life-and-death situations.

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