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New school funding could transform California schools

When voters approved Proposition 30 in 2012, they created an unprecedented opportunity to reinvent the state's troubled K-12 school system, according to a new report from Stanford's Policy Analysis for California Education. The report suggests that California's school districts should rethink their budget priorities upon receiving new state funding in the years ahead.

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National lunch program dropped by Illinois district

Arlington Heights-based Township High School District 214, the state's second-largest high school district, has voted to drop out of the National School Lunch Program altogether, losing a related $900,000 federal subsidy.

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Nation's report card shows stagnant scores for reading, math

The National Assessment of Educational Progress released the latest national test scores. Seventy-four percent of students scored below the grade-appropriate level in math. In reading, just 38 percent of seniors scored at or above grade level and one-quarter are reading below grade level.

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New funding formula helps downstate Illinois schools more

Downstate school districts would see an overall gain in state funding under a sweeping proposal to change how Illinois funds its public schools. However, a majority of Chicago area districts would see fewer state dollars, according to a preliminary analysis by the Illinois State Board of Education.

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Michigan passes $13.7-billion school aid budget, hike in funding

Michigan's Senate and House have passed a $13.7 billion school budget increasing per-pupil funding in K12 schools. It would boost overall spending from $13.3 billion this year. The budget requires a new Michigan Educational Assessment Program for spring testing in the next two school years.

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Schools warned not to deny students over immigration status

The Obama administration issued a stern warning to U.S. state and local school districts not to deny enrollment to undocumented immigrant children.

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Illinois emergency agency grants school $25 million for safety projects

School districts in the Chicago and St. Louis suburbs would see major cuts to state aid while downstate schools would see gains under a proposal that would drastically overhaul Illinois' complicated school funding formula for the first time in almost two decades.

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Alabama lawsuit charges slow implementation of political donation law

A lawsuit filed in Shelby County alleges that the Alabama State Department of Education and two school districts are moving too slowly to implement a ban on employee payroll deductions for groups engaged in political activity.

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School funding package in Colorado passed

Colorado's 2014-2015 school finance package was repassed on the final day of the 2014 legislative session. The School Finance Act increases Total Program Funding, the combination of state and local spending that pays for basic school operations, to $5.91 billion in 2014-15 from $5.76 billion this year.

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Louisiana approves freeze on public school letter grades

Public school letter grades could not plunge during a two-year move to the Common Core academic standards under a bill that won approval. The proposal is aimed at softening the impact of the national tests that go with Common Core, which is set to take full effect for the 2014-2015 school year.

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