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Alaskan panel advances bill to end high school exit exam

The House Finance Committee moved a bill that would eliminate the high school competency examination. The move would save the state $2.7 million.

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Arkansas Board of Ed approves snow day waivers

The Arkansas Board of Education's vote allows waivers for 75 school districts to make up some of their missed days but skip others. The districts canceled between 12 and 23 days over the winter.

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School turnaround legislation approved by Michigan House

The state House has approved by a one-vote majority Governor Rick Snyder’s plan to expand the agency that’s supposed to turn around some of Michigan’s "failing" schools. The Education Achievement Authority is currently running 15 schools in Detroit.

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Wisconsin passes limited school accountability bill

Wisconsin's Assembly voted to pass with bipartisan support a more limited Senate version of the proposed expansive school accountability reform bill. The bill requires private voucher and independent charter schools to provide student information and test results to the state by 2015-16.

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Voucher expansion plan appears stalled in Florida this year

A massive expansion of Florida's education voucher program looks to be mired this year. House and Senate leaders could not agree on whether students using the state scholarships to attend private schools should be required to take the same standardized tests as those in public schools.

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Florida district to suspend use of corporal punishment

A Florida district that has long subjected misbehaving students to corporal punishment announced it would be suspending and possibly banning the practice. Santa Rosa County officials decided to phase out the practice in order to protect teachers from potential liability issues.

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Arkansas changes course with school breakfasts

With 45 percent of its kids on food stamps, Arkansas ranks first in food insecurity. The state stepped up its efforts in 2010 with a program partnership with Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. Since then, 1.5 million additional school breakfasts have been served to students in the state.

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Kansas officials ponder application of standards in school funding

The Kansas Supreme Court set out a new standard for determining whether the state has met its obligation to provide adequate funding for public schools. Education officials are questioning how the standard will actually work in allocating the money to schools.

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N.C. county board favor bold budget proposal

Wake County board members praised Superintendent Jim Merrill’s budget proposal, which calls for a $39 million increase in funding. Merrill is looking to bring Wake County to the top of the state in local per-pupil funding and reach the national average in teacher pay by 2020.

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Colorado school funding measure draws bipartisan support

Colorado is poised to direct an additional $300 million in state funding to K12 education. A proposal on how to allocate the new funding for kindergarten, literacy programs, English-language learners, charter schools and improved technology had bipartisan support from the House Education Committee.

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