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School districts sued for not using test scores in teacher evaluations

An education advocacy group sued 13 of the largest school systems in California, claiming that they have ignored a state law when they barred the use of test results in evaluations through collective-bargaining agreements with teachers unions.

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Judge limits federal oversight of Pa. district's schools

A federal judge has decided to limit the U.S. Department of Justice's oversight of the Allentown School District to one more year. Federal officials had proposed an additional two years of oversight as the district works to implement a plan to address sexual harassment claims within the school district.

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Miami-Dade Schools offers more than 350,000 online back-to-school kits

To bridge the gap between school years for anxious parents and its nearly 356,000 students, the fourth-largest U.S. school district in the nation created an annual online catalog designed to address everything from school holidays to bus transportation to vaccination requirements.

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Loiusiana schools' $32.7 million BP windfall goes to teachers, savings

Under a new spending plan, Jefferson Parish public school teachers will get a $600 bonus this school year, while most other employees will get a $500 bonus. The BP settlement, which totals $32.7 million before attorney fees, stems from damages caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Advocates want to screen Mass. students for substance use

Some advocates for children in Massachusetts are suggesting another way to help stem the opioid epidemic: Beginning with a survey, screen every public school student for substance use. With more than 1,000 overdose deaths last year, advocates say the state should focus on prevention as early as middle school.

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Judge: Mississippi not obligated to fully fund schools

State legislators do not need to fully fund an education budget formula every year, a judge ruled in a lawsuit filed by a former governor last year on behalf of 21 school districts, including the state’s second-largest district.

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Gov. John Kasich signs bill to overhaul state takeovers of 'failing' districts

The Ohio governor signed a controversial bill that drastically changes how the state can step in to run "failing" school districts by creating a new CEO position, allowing mayors to appoint school board members and giving the CEO power to override parts of union contracts.

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Senate rejects effort to teach kids about climate change in school

A effort to increase kids’ scientific knowledge of climate change failed in the Senate, after one senator expressed concern that the measure would result in a lot of “wasted paper.” The measure would have created a competitive grant program for public school districts to develop or improve climate change education curricula.

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Michigan district stops use of contractor for sex education courses

East Lansing schools will suspend the use of an outside contractor who helped teach the district's sex education curriculum. The vote came three months after the district came under fire for its sex education curriculum at the high school, which has an abstinence-only component.

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Is Tennessee’s school funding system broken?

District leaders are complaining to commissioners that they’re working off a spending plan that the state is woefully underfunding based on a formula that they say grossly underestimates the true cost of education.

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