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Charter school bill expected in Alabama Legislature

Republicans will try again in the coming legislative session to bring charter schools to the state of Alabama on a limited basis. The legislation has not been finalized, though it is anticipated that the number of Alabama charters will be limited to as few as 10 schools, at least in its first year.

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Audit: New York education department mishandled violence reporting

The state Education Department has agreed to improve its enforcement of school safety after a state audit found that seven schools in New York failed to report cases of violence, sexual offenses and bullying.

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Proposed bill to require high school senior citizenship test

In Tennessee, a state representative is proposing a test that would determine if students can graduate. The test is similar to the exam immigrants take while trying to gain citizenship.

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Proposed budget boosts Indiana K12 funding by $200 million

Gov. Mike Pence’s budget increases K12 funding by $200 million over the next two years, which includes recommendations that charter schools receive more funding than in the past. The increase would amount to about $1,500 per charter school pupil.

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Gov. Rick Scott proposes bump to education funding

The governor will ask the Florida Legislature to allocate the highest per-student budget in state history. The "Keep Florida Working" budget proposal also includes almost $20 billion in total K12 education funding, about a one-billion dollar increase compared to the current fiscal year's budget.

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South Dakota K12 bill causing caution on Spanish immersion school

Plans for an $11 million Spanish immersion elementary school in Sioux Falls have been delayed as looming legislation to put new limits on K12 taxes threatens to throw a wrench in the local school district’s building budget.

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Georgia district gets first school-based health center

Clayton County Public Schools opened its first school-based health center, joining a small but growing number of school districts providing health care for its students. It will provide on-site pediatric and adolescent care for acute and chronic illnesses for students.

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Miss. panel votes for alternative language for school funding ballot initiative

Mississippi lawmakers proposed alternate wording for a state constitutional referendum on school funding, raising the likelihood of a showdown on the House floor.

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With critics on all sides, Wis. school accountability bill moves ahead

A contentious Wisconsin bill has been introduced outlining how to hold publicly funded schools accountable for student performance, including creating a new state board that would issue strict penalties to schools that don't improve.

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California school builders to gather signatures for 2016 bond measure

School-construction and home-building groups launched an effort to qualify a $9 billion school bond for the November 2016 ballot, only days after Gov. Jerry Brown released a budget plan that minimized the state’s role in paying for building new classrooms and modernizing existing ones.

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