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On Common Core, governor urges Louisiana school board to offer alternative test

Gov. Bobby Jindal, who opposes Common Core academic standards, has no legal authority over Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. He has instead used an executive order to issue a strong suggestion for testing alternatives, rather than a requirement for other assessment options.

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Increases for Wisconsin's rural districts not enough, officials say

As Gov. Scott Walker is set to propose a $19 million increase in money for rural schools, education officials believe it doesn't go far enough to help struggling districts in less populated parts of the state.

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South Dakota school might side-step consolidation

State legislators gave initial approval to a proposal that would allow districts that are not a full K12 to continue operating if the enrollment per grade is proportionate to 100 for K12. The first beneficiary would be the Big Stone City's K8 school.

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USDA report shows Wisconsin schools could buy more local milk

Wisconsin school districts buy plenty of local produce for their lunchrooms but could do better in buying local dairy products, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture survey. The census also shows 59 percent of the 315 districts that responded are involved in the Farm to School program.

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Ill. threatens to withhold funds from schools that skip Common Core test

A showdown over state testing is intensifying, with the Illinois State Board of Education threatening to pull as much as hundreds of millions of dollars from school districts that don't administer the new PARCC assessment exam to students.

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Dropout age increased to 18 in Kentucky

The boards of education in all 173 school districts have approved a policy raising the dropout age from 16 to 18. The Kentucky Department of Education provided each district with a $10,000 grant to plan for implementation of the higher dropout age.

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