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Mich. Supreme Court upholds school employees' contribution changes

Changes to the Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System that passed the Michigan Legislature in 2012 are constitutional, according to the state's top court. Several unions challenged the portions of the law that increased the amount all public school employees have to contribute to their pensions in order to keep getting benefits.

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Florida leaders approve scaling back of school testing

The Florida Legislature sent to Gov. Rick Scott a bill that would scale back high-stakes testing in public schools. The measure eliminates some exams, reduces how much weight test scores carry in teacher evaluations and limits to 45 hours the time students can spend on testing each school year.

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Parental OK not needed for Healthy Kids Colorado Survey

Colorado schools are not required to obtain written parental consent before students take part in an every-other-year health and behavior survey, according to a formal opinion from the state Attorney General.

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N.J. proposal would require schools to release test results quickly

A new bill introduced in the state Senate aims to end the uncertainty of exactly how many students participated in PARCC testing. The proposal would require all schools to publicly release test participation rates within five days of the conclusion of testing.

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Seattle School Board not keen to enter charter-school business

Seattle School Board members mostly voiced displeasure at the notion of approving charter schools to operate within their district. Many members stressed that trying to green-light and oversee the publicly funded but independently run schools would demand significant staff time.

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W.Va. school board denies all snow-day forgiveness requests

The West Virginia Board of Education denied requests by all 27 school districts that applied for make-up-day forgiveness. The districts will have to further extend their last days of school to meet the new requirement this year for 180 separate instructional days.

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Local Tennessee school districts react to guns-in-parks bill

School districts in Tennessee are weighing their options as a controversial guns-in-parks bill makes its way through the state legislature. Some school districts are concerned how the bill will impact student athletes who frequently practice and play games at parks. It is illegal to carry weapons where school events occur.

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Future of Ohio's school nurses, librarians, counselors and arts teachers on the line

The state school board will have its final hearing and vote next week on getting rid of the so-called "5 of 8 rule" that requires school districts to have a minimum number of nurses, counselors, librarians and arts teachers.

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Judge hears ideas on North Carolina school tests

With a state-sanctioned group talking about changing or eliminating some standardized tests, Superior Court Judge Howard Manning brought education officials into court to talk about testing and what the state Department of Public Instruction is doing to improve low-performing schools.

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Delaware charter school audits under scrutiny

Charters are required to have audits done, but currently the schools decide who audits them. Under a new proposal, the state Auditor's Office would not directly audit the schools, but would select the firms that do the audits and set the rules for what the firms should be looking for.

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