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Columbus school board passes $1.26 billion budget

The $1.26 billion budget for the 2015-16 school year, approved by the Ohio district's board of education, is no longer a one-page document, a common feature of school district budgets in Ohio. In past years, under the now-rescinded hands-off form of management used by the board, the district’s budget was largely left up to the superintendent’s discretion.

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Many Pa. school districts to consider property tax hikes

For five years, there have been reductions in state and federal funding for schools while mandated costs have increased. Seventy percent of districts across the state plan to raise property taxes while 41 percent plan to reduce their staff, according to a new budget survey.

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Orleans school central office jobs will be cut

Up to a quarter of Orleans Parish school system employees will be getting pink slips this summer, Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. said. Since most of its schools are independently run charters, a smaller central office is needed. The cuts also were needed to push more money to the traditional schools.

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New York lawmaker proposes stricter school oversight bil

A state senator has introduced a new version of the oversight bill that would provide even stricter oversight of the Orthodox Jewish-run East Ramapo School Board. The bill would require the board to submit its annual budgets to the state comptroller before being adopted each year.

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Iowa high school football changes playoff structure for 2016

The Iowa High School Athletic Association is adopting a nine-game regular season schedule and 16‐team qualifier field for all football classes in the playoffs instead of 32 teams. The move comes after a review which found that the current schedule allows fewer days of rest and recovery between each game in the postseason.

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Grand Rapids schools tackling $8 million budget deficit for next school year

The Michigan district's board of education is considering a proposed $197.5 million general fund budget for 2015-16 that seeks to address an $8 million deficit through the elimination of 46 positions, mainly through unfilled vacancies and restructuring.

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Battle brewing over purchase of Hillsborough school buses

A school bus company and its local dealer are fighting in court a decision by Florida's Hillsborough County school district officials to buy school buses from another company, arguing that the selection process was unfair.

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Virginia to experiment with offering all high school courses online

The Virginia Department of Education will launch a virtual high school this fall with all classes taught online. Up to 100 students, signed up on a first-come, first-served basis, will be able to earn a regular diploma from their local high school, which will still oversee testing.

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Ohio charter school owes state over $1 million

A former Dayton charter school owes taxpayers nearly $1.2 million after padding its attendance rolls and receiving state aid for students who never attended. General Chappie James Leadership Academy reported enrollment of 459 students, but nearly half of those students had never attended or long since left the school.

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Green spaces at school may help kids’ brains

A significant increase in exposure to green spaces resulted in a 5 percent increase in the development of children's working memory after a one-year period and a 1 percent decrease in inattentiveness, according to a new Spanish study.

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