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Baton Rouge breakaway school district bill passes final committee, heads to House

Senate Bill 199 passed the committee by a vote of 14 to 7. It is one of two bills being debated that would form the breakaway district, but S.B. 199 was the only one discussed in the committee Wednesday. The other, Senate Bill 73, still has to pass through a Civil Law and Procedure committee before reaching the House floor.

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Officials in Montgomery County School District unveil new security system

Superintendent Dr. Curtis Griffin says that in the three weeks they’ve had the system, a registered sex offender came to one of the elementary schools to do maintenance work.

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Wisconsin schools retire Native American logo

A state law requires the state superintendent to consider any complaints that a school mascot or nickname is race-based and discriminatory and decide whether to order the school to drop the moniker. The Winter School Board decided last month to proactively replace the logo.

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Chicago Board of Education to vote on proposal to close 53 schools amid failing enrollment

The Chicago Board of Education was expected to take a final vote Wednesday on whether to close 53 schools, an ambitious proposal that sparked protests and lawsuits and could help define — for better or worse — Mayor Rahm Emanuel's term in office.

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Fla. State Board of Education to get legislative update

Members of Florida's State Board of Education are getting an update on a series of education measures that were passed by the Florida Legislature this session.

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Some schools building tornado-proof safe rooms

Classes were out when the Sunday tornadoes decimated Joplin in 2011, but on Monday, the schools in Moore, Okla., were in. Seven children died at Plaza Towers Elementary School, some of them drowning after a pipe burst in the basement where they hid.

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Legislature may ditch takeover proposal for Columbus schools

As hearings start this week on a Columbus school-district reform bill, an earlier proposal allowing for a state takeover of the state’s largest district is likely to vanish.

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Michigan Department of Education considering Buena Vista schools for emergency financial review

Although school is back in session at Buena Vista schools, a state takeover is still on the table for the Saginaw County district.

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Baltimore school system passes $1.2B budget

The last budget of outgoing schools CEO Andrés Alonso includes cuts to per-pupil funding and high schools but retains spending power for principals and adds academic programs.

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North Carolina voucher bill provides public money for private schools

Lawmakers are pushing what they call the Opportunity Scholarship Act, a bill that would give parents up to $4,200 in vouchers to send their children to private schools.

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