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Virginia passes bill on restraining students

Virginia lawmakers have passed a bill requiring state leaders to set limits on how public schools can restrain or isolate students. It requires the state education board to adopt regulations that follow federal guidelines.

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U.S. reviewing seat belts on school buses

The new head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reviewing the government’s longtime opposition to mandating safety belts on school buses and is looking at the issue on commercial buses.

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California bill introduced to ease school residency requirements for live-in workers

A state senator introduced a bill that makes it easier for parents who reside the majority of the workweek at their place of employment to enroll their children in the local school district.

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Tennessee school district segregated African-American students

The Justice Department announced a settlement with Robertson County Schools that the government says engaged in a decades-long system of segregation involving African-American students.

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New York Senate GOP seeking to restore $1 billion in school aid

Senate Republicans are targeting the state government's $2.6 billion reduction in education aid triggered by the 2008 stock market plunge. Since then, about $1.6 billion has been restored, but Republicans want to recover the rest of the school aid this year.

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More than 10 La. school districts ask for penalty waivers for Common Core opt-outs

Fourteen of Louisiana's public school districts have passed resolutions aimed at preventing schools from being penalized for students who skip Common Core standardized tests, according to the Louisiana Schools Boards Association.

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Clark County School District adds five schools to turnaround list

The Nevada district is adding the schools to its list of turnaround schools for the 2015-2016 school year in order to improve results and graduation rates.

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Iowa Senate approves school aid hike

The spending package includes a 4 percent increase in basic aid for K12 schools with an additional $212 million for schools for the 2015-16 academic year and $217 million for the 2016-17 school year. The package includes money for basic school aid and a teacher leadership initiative.

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Jefferson Parish School Board ends controversial teachers union dues policy

The Louisiana district's school board nixed a controversial policy that required employees to fill out forms each year if they want union dues deducted from their paychecks. The move could be seen as a step towards reconciliation with the parish teachers union, after four years of strained relations.

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Senate panel backs continued insurance for Georgia’s school bus drivers

Senate leaders joined House colleagues in voicing support for continued health insurance coverage for part-time school bus drivers. The two chambers will formally decide in coming weeks about Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposal to stop state subsidies that allow non-certified school employees to be part of the State Health Benefit Plan.

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