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N.J. open records group wins judgments against Trenton school board

An open government advocacy group that sued the Trenton Board of Education for violating the state's Open Public Meetings Act won key pieces of the lawsuit. The orders instruct the city's school board to change the way they enter executive session at meetings and keep better notes of what they discuss.

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Indiana predicts significant drop in test scores and school's letter grades

The Indiana Department of Education wants to ease up on schools' A to F accountability grades because of a predicted 20-30 percent drop in ISTEP scores — based on other states that implemented similar test changes to comply with federal standards.

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U.S. capitol's school reform agencies mishandled rules and money, report says

Washington, D.C.'s school district agencies in charge of school modernization broke rules, spent money on the wrong projects, and couldn't account for millions in modernization spending, according to a new report.

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Colorado committee members set to study school safety, youth in crisis

A new committee has been appointed to review how Colorado school districts can best handle students' mental health issues and keep schools safe. The legislative committee will study and evaluate programs and methods for identifying and monitoring students in crisis, developing standardized criteria for school personnel and more.

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Kansas Supreme Court grants stay in school funding case

A motion was granted for the stay of operation and enforcement of the order by a three-judge panel announced Friday. This means that the $54 million due back to Kansas schools by July 1 will not be required for payment immediately.

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New parent involvement role will debut in every Indianapolis school

Indianapolis Public Schools will roll out a new parental involvement educator program at all of its schools in August that it hopes will nudge more parents to play an active role in their child’s education and the community around them.

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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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