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State fighting court order to pay schools another $54 Million

A Kansas court has ordered the state to pay up for poor school districts with equity - an amount close to $54 million. The panel of three judges, assigned to look at school finance, also declared that some parts of the new Block “Grant” finance system for K12 schools is not constitutional.

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Ohio legislators push school privatization with little public input

A new effort by Gov. John Kasich and state legislators could mean some big changes to Ohio school districts. For schools that have failed three years in a row, a CEO would be hired who could remove the elected education board and suspend a union and some of its collective bargaining agreements.

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Colorado Supreme Court rejects district's voucher program

In a case involving religion, taxpayer dollars and school choice, a divided Colorado Supreme Court rejected Douglas County School District's school voucher program as unconstitutional. The wealthy suburban district's Choice Scholarship Program aims to use taxpayer money to send children to private schools.

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Upstate New York school district settles anti-Semitism suit

The Pine Bush Central School District has agreed to pay $4.48 million and enact broad reforms in curriculum and training to settle a lawsuit by five current and former Jewish students who claimed that they had been victims of pervasive anti-Semitism in the schools, a court filing showed.

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California Legislature passes mandatory vaccination bill

Gov. Jerry Brown must now decide whether to sign into law a bill that would require mandatory vaccinations for nearly all California schoolchildren. The measure — one of the toughest vaccination bills in the nation — would require children enrolling in school or day care to be immunized against diseases including measles and whooping cough.

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Report shows Indianapolis Public Schools needs to hire hundreds of staff

A new report shows right now, just about a month from the start of the school year, the district has hundreds of openings, many for teaching positions.

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Some Montana schools missing vaccine benchmark, new state data shows

One in eight Montana elementary schools has vaccination rates too low to ensure immunity from outbreaks of measles or whooping cough, newly released state data shows.

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Minnesota’s neediest schools have fewer tenured staff

Minnesota is taking aim at social and institutional forces that put the least experienced and least qualified teachers in the state’s neediest schools.

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House passes Ohio budget, giving many schools more money

State lawmakers have given final approval to a new two-year, $71.2 billion budget that provides annual state funding increases averaging at least 3 percent for 329 school districts.

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Move to restrict construction noise near NYC schools

A bill to curb construction noise near schools is being pushed by some New York City Council members concerned about the effect on learning but is facing resistance from the building industry, which sees it as impractical.

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