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Louisiana school employee pension debt plan advances

A state Senate panel advanced legislation aimed at helping parish school boards struggling with school employee pension costs. The Retirement Committee voted to alter the payment schedule set for eradication of the Louisiana School Employees Retirement System’s long-term debt.

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Wis. rural school leaders believe task force proposals falling short of needs

Even before a legislative task force issues its report on the needs of rural school districts, Wisconsin superintendents are saying the recommendations won't go far enough to address problems with funding and retaining talented teachers.

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Colorado Supreme Court to hear school voucher debate

Colorado's highest court will decide the constitutionality of a Douglas County district's pilot program that would use taxpayer dollars to offer private school vouchers to hundreds of students. The decision would help bring closure to a three-year legal battle.

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St. Paul, Minn. students able to text confidential tips about school safety

The St. Paul school district began piloting the TipTxt two-way messaging service at Central High School and plans to expand it districtwide this year. The anonymous service is for students, staff and parents to send text messages to the district about bullying, theft, crime or other issues.

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Year-round classes could be piloted for North Portland, Ore. school

Rosa Parks Elementary in North Portland could move to a year-round calendar, according to administrators. The pilot calendar would require students to attend some classes in June, July and August to help combat what educators call the "summer slide" in learning.

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Ky. lawmakers at odds on snow day legislation, leaving districts in limbo

The Senate approved a bill that would require districts to provide students with the usual 1,062 instruction hours while the House has already approved a separate bill giving districts the power to eliminate up to 10 days. Kentucky districts remain in limbo as they attempt to finalize the calendar for a school year pocked with snow days.

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Three more charters could close in Florida county

Three more charter schools in Broward County could be forced to shut their doors this year, bringing the number of closures to 15 in the last 20 months. It is an alarming failure rate that is prompting officials to call for more stringent rules from the state.

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Coalition demands most of new Los Angeles funding go to needy students

A citywide coalition of community groups is demanding that 80% of $1 billion in new school funding headed to L.A. Unified be spent on needy students according to decisions made by local schools rather than district bureaucrats.

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Florida districts rethink how they handle substitute teachers' costs

With depleted staffs, tighter budgets and higher expenses, districts across the state are exploring ways to pay substitute teachers. Some districts have responded by limiting substitutes' hours and increasing the pool of subs. But, increasingly, districts are outsourcing their substitute operations to staffing agencies.

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Los Angeles district spends over double the state average on administration

The same district that had perhaps the most highly compensated superintendent in California last year also spends over two times the state average on its administration. The Centinela Valley Union High School District's administrative spending was the second highest among Los Angeles County's 80 districts.

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