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Report calling for more oversight to prevent charter school fraud draws rebuke

California lawmakers must strengthen financial oversight of charter schools to stem cases of fraud and mismanagement that have already cost taxpayers $81 million, according to a new report from several advocacy groups.

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N.Y. governor's plan would withhold school aid until evaluation deal

A plan developed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans will hold back a school funding increase until June, when an appointed commission would recommend a new teacher-evaluation system. A previous understanding between the House and the Senate had indicated that education funding would not be contingent on the enactment of reforms.

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School consolidation bill introduced in Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania representative has introduced legislation that would require school districts to consolidate their administrative functions on a countywide basis. The Public School Code would be amended for all counties except Philadelphia, which already has its own unified public school system.

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House panel rejects Michigan governor's school initiatives

A state House committee rejected funding for most of Gov. Rick Snyder’s major education initiatives. The House panel gutted funding increases requested for at-risk schools, a third-grade reading program and special support for financially distressed districts.

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Seven school systems sue Tennessee over education funding

The Chattanooga area school systems have filed suit against the state of Tennessee for not sufficiently funding local schools as mandated under the law. The suit further alleges that Tennessee's Board of Education has instead created a system that shifts the cost of education to local districts.

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Minnesota school district to lay off over 150 employees

Minneapolis Public Schools will be laying off about 160 workers. The move will save the district $11.6 million. District officials say those savings will go to schools, allowing them to lower class sizes, reduce caseloads for special education teachers and increase learning time at middle and high schools.

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State school fund advances in Oregon

A state school fund of $7.255 billion has cleared its first hurdle following the joint budget subcommittee on education's approval. The amount is about $250 million less than what some advocates, including administrators and teachers, say is needed.

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Iowa House holds firm on late August school start date

The Iowa House passed a bill mandating that public schools can't start classes before August 23. However, the House version of the bill is still at odds with a passed Senate bill that would allow schools to set their own school start dates.

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Indiana public schools not required to provide bus service

Indiana’s public school districts are under no constitutional mandate to provide transportation for students to and from school, according to a ruling from the Indiana Supreme Court. The ruling overturns an appeals court decision last year that said charging bus fees was unconstitutional.

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Trenton School Board approves budget eliminating 226 positions

The New Jersey city's school board approved a $297 million budget for next school year that calls for eliminating 226 positions and closing a school. The cuts to staff positions were made to help close a $17.3 million budget gap for the 2015-16 school year.

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