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Kentucky bill targets transgender school-bathroom use

A Kentucky lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would ban transgender students from using school restrooms that don't correspond to their anatomical sex. It also would allow students to sue the school for $2,500 when they encounter a person of the opposite biological sex in a bathroom or locker room.

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Iowa education department issues guidance on school start dates

Aligning school calendars with athletics and college schedules is not sufficient reason to start school before the week of September 1, according to new state guidance issued from the Iowa Department of Education.

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Head count shows large discrepancies at Ohio charter schools

Nearly a quarter of the charter schools where the state auditor’s office did a head count had “unusually high” discrepancies between the number of students in school and the number reported to the state. The state uses student counts to determine how much funding goes to traditional and charter schools.

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New Indiana bill calls for death penalty in school shootings

Legislation that would allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty for murders committed on school grounds could make its way to the Senate floor during the 2015 Indiana General Assembly.

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Proposed overhaul of Illinois school funding amended

A proposed Illinois bill to overhaul the state’s nearly 20-year-old school funding formula will now include a new provision accounting for regional cost differences, such as higher teacher salaries in districts where the cost of living is higher.

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Tennessee bills aimed at Achievement School District

A state representative will file bills placing some limits on the way the Tennessee Achievement School District takes over a school. Another bill proposed last week would require the district to hire back 30 percent of teachers with high performance marks upon a charter school takeover.

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Arizona school district lays off 143 teachers

The governing board of the 24,000-student Dysart USD must cut $6 million — the amount of the 143 teachers' salaries and benefits — from its 2015-2016 budget because of a failed budget override.

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Utah budget exercise hints at charter-school funding reform

As part of a budgeting exercise this month, the state school board's leadership team recommended shifting funding from public schools to charter schools. The proposal is largely theoretical, but some worry it shows the changing philosophical makeup of the public school oversight committee.

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Centralized management to be implemented in New York City system

Chancellor Carmen Fariña will restore a centralized hierarchy to New York City’s schools, largely dispensing with one of the core management philosophies of the previous mayoral administration. Beginning this fall, most principals will report to superintendents and to regional centers.

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Missouri governor seeks increase in education funding

More than half of Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposed $129 million increase in basic aid to elementary and secondary schools hinges on the Legislature’s expanding Medicaid to cover the working poor, a move GOP legislative leaders have called a nonstarter.

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