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No school for thousands of Washington kids as teachers hold walkout

Thousands of public-school teachers from Seattle, Mercer Island and Issaquah marched through downtown Seattle to appeal for higher pay and to protest the Legislature’s failure to budget money to lower class sizes.

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Bill to return Recovery School District charters fails in House

The Louisiana House voted down a bill that would have mandated the immediate return to Orleans Parish of all schools that had been in the Recovery system for at least five years and were no longer failing. The Recovery School District took over 80 percent of New Orleans public schools after Hurricane Katrina.

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Asthma intervention can lead to fewer school absences

Greater communication between school nurses and families on how to manage asthma could help reduce the number of school absences for children afflicted with the chronic disease, according to preliminary data from an ongoing study in Connecticut.

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Mayor struggles to avoid failing grade for Chicago Public Schools

Chicago's city and school district ratings were pushed to below investment grade. The amount of money the district spends annually on debt has increased by 50 percent to $468 million since 2009. At this rate, the district could face rapid cash burn and an eventual liquidity crisis, pushing it to make cuts to the classroom that are desperately needed.

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Florida's math assessments won’t factor into final school grades

The state is eliminating the requirement of some math assessments from the final course grades, citing a lack of independently verified statewide assessment results. Districts will need to calculate final course grades and make promotion decisions without regard to the 30 percent statutory requirement.

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Panel votes to drop Maine's Smarter Balanced school test

After its debut year, Maine appears to be on the path to dumping its new statewide test meant to measure what students have learned. The Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee voted to end the state’s membership in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

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Bill would take state board out of Alabama's new charter school law

Last week, the state Board of Education declined to appoint a new Alabama Public Charter School Commission, as called for in the law. Only two months after Alabama's charter school law was passed, another bill has been introduced to take the state board out of the process.

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N.J. Senate approves repeal of salary cap for school superintendents

The newly repealed controversial salary cap, in place since 2011, prohibits a district chief from earning more than the governor’s $175,000 salary in base pay. But school districts say the cap has led to turnover as superintendents retired, took jobs in other states or switched professions.

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For some parents, search for better schools could lead to jail

On the rise are cases in which families living in districts with failing schools have been accused of “stealing an education” and have been fined for lying about where they live on official district documents. Others have been criminally charged and, in some cases, jailed.

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Ohio’s phaseout of tax still hitting schools’ finances

A decade after state legislators eliminated what was regarded as one of the worst taxes in Ohio, the move continues to haunt state officials and local school districts.

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