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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The newly repealed controversial salary cap, in place since 2011, prohibits a district chief from earning more than the governor’s $175,000 salary in base pay.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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North Dakota schools warn parents about students using fentanyl

Grand Forks Public Schools sent a letter to parents via email Thursday warning them of the risks of fentanyl as part of a communitywide effort to combat a recent spurt in deadly overdoses on the drug.

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NYC shifts summer program funds to struggling schools

More than 40 middle schools participating in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new after-school initiative have learned they will have to cancel their upcoming summer programs, just months after being told that funding would be available.

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New law will allow teachers to carry guns in Oklahoma schools

Only employees chosen by the school district will be approved to carry a gun. They will also be required to have a license to carry and proper training.

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House votes to annually rate Texas schools with A-F grades

School campuses across Texas would be rated annually with letter grades of A through F – using student test scores and other measures – under a bill tentatively approved late Thursday by the House.

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Minneapolis schools rethinking budget around equity

Minneapolis Public Schools officials are switching to a new way of budgeting to ensure that the most education money follows students with the greatest need.

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Oakland USD moves to end school suspensions for willful defiance

The California district has approved a controversial move to eliminate kicking students out of school for swearing at teachers and ignoring instructions. The school board voted to no longer allow teachers and administrators to suspend students out of class for non-violent offenses.

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