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Florida school uniform proposal advances

A House panel gave its approval to a plan that would encourage school districts to adopt a standard attire policy for K8 students. The bill includes a small cash incentive for school districts that comply.

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Wisconsin school accountability vote delayed

The chair of the Assembly Education Committee has called off a vote on a heavily amended bill that called for sanctions on failing schools as well as other major changes to state education policy.

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Bill allowing guns on Florida public school campuses passes subcommittee

A bill to allow public school districts to arm a school safety designee like a teacher or a volunteer passed through the House K-12 Education Subcommittee. Training would include going through active shooter training and firearm proficiency.

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School accountability on Common Core suspended in California

The California Board of Education suspended the state's school accountability system for one year to give teachers and students time to adjust to new standardized tests aligned with Common Core standards.

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Disciplining of staff to be reviewed by Florida district

Some Broward County school employees have been subjected to long investigations by unqualified personnel for allegations they didn't even know about, according to complaints to the school board. The district is proposing to overhaul employee discipline procedures, which are now handled by school police or district principals.

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Iowa Senate OKs local control for school calendars

The Iowa Senate approved a bill that authorizes school districts and accredited nonpublic schools to determine their school start date based on the best educational interests of students.

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Alabama Senate approves charter school bill

Legislation has been approved to allow school districts to convert existing public schools to charter schools and authorize the establishment of up to 10 start-up charter schools in the state each year for at least five years.

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New York district board could consider standardized tests ‘boycott’

The Kenmore Tonawanda School Board is considering a possible boycott of the state's standardized tests for students in grades 3 through 8 unless Governor Andrew Cuomo releases state aid information to school districts and changes the education funding formula.

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Michigan governor to take control of school reform office

Gov. Rick Snyder is planning to strip the office that works alongside the controversial Education Achievement Authority school district from control of the state Department of Education and place it under his direct oversight.

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Superintendents override school board policies in low-performing schools

The Wisconsin Assembly could vote next week on a school accountability bill that would place sole decision-making power with a school district superintendent to improve a low-performing school if the public school did not improve after three years of taking steps outlined in the bill.

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