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Calif. committee kills repeal of controversial school reserve cap

The Assembly Education Committee rejected Republican legislation that would have repealed a highly controversial limit on local school district budget reserves that was enacted last year.

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One issue where LAUSD charter schools and teachers union agree

Although the two are on opposite sides in next week's Los Angeles school board elections, both the charter-school backers and the teachers union view the school district's ill-fated and expensive effort to provide iPads to all students as key to victory.

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Bill allowing sweets back in Michigan school bake sales approved

The House voted for a bill that would allow a minimum of two fundraising activities each week that don’t meet federal nutrition guidelines. While states can set the number of fundraisers school districts can have that don’t meet the guidelines, the Michigan Department of Education had decided not to allow any.

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Colorado board maintains status quo for health survey

The State Board of Education agreed to implement a survey that asks students about drug use, sexual habits, and other health issues, ending months of controversy that centered on the voluntary nature of the biennial questionnaire.

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Legislators plan to reject Wisconsin governor's school cuts

State lawmakers say they have heard the opposition against Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to cut state funding for public schools by $150 a student. And they plan to put the money back in the budget through two different channels of funding.

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New York public schools fund struggles to secure donations

The Fund for Public Schools, the nonprofit organization that former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and his schools chancellors built into a fund-raising juggernaut, is struggling to attract donations. The fund, which raised an average of $29 million a year over the last decade, has raised just $18 million this fiscal year.

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San Francisco schools’ iPad handout pivots from LAUSD’s scandal

Instead of blanketing schools with the tablets as Los Angeles did, San Francisco is starting in five schools and working only with first-grade classrooms. The Digital Literacy program is giving them to the amilies for free, loaded with hundreds of books, learn-to-read software and educational games.

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Florida Virtual School will get access to foundation records after ruling

The Foundation for Florida Virtual School is turning over financial records to Florida Virtual School in response to a court order, as the struggle over who controls the foundation continues after allegations of fiscal mismanagement and violation of public-records and open-meetings laws.

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Baltimore school advocates want more funding from state and city

As a global audience has focused on Baltimore's impoverished neighborhoods following the riots, education advocates are pushing for more money for schools and programs for youth. They are asking the governor to release $68 million in education funding, including about $11 million for Baltimore.

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Little hope for effort to address Iowa school funding inequity

An effort to permit school districts to spend reserve money to ease budgetary pain is on its last legislative leg. Some state lawmakers still hope to pass a measure allowing school districts to tap into their cash reserves, but key legislators say any proposal is unlikely to pass the Iowa Legislature this year.

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