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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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Accountability Act changes may mean more failing schools

The number of Alabama's public schools listed as failing could grow under a bill that would make significant changes to the state's Accountability Act. The legislation would also raise the current cap on aggregate tax credits claimed by families of students in failing schools to $35 million per calendar year.

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Kansas school officials speak in opposition to block-grant funding bill

School officials from Wichita and around the state voiced strong opposition to a bill that would put state aid for school districts into flexible block grants, saying it would reduce accountability and hamper districts’ ability to provide services to students.

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Cyber-attacks investigated for delayed Florida school testing

Florida authorities are investigating cyber-attacks that delayed newly computerized standardized school testing last week. The investigation stemmed from reports that a number of school districts encountered "white screens" after logging into the controversial tests.

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Court to hear first arguments on Pennsylvania school funding lawsuit

State officials will begin arguing about whether a school funding lawsuit should continue. Last fall, School District of Lancaster and five other districts filed a lawsuit against the state, contending that Pennsylvania's school funding system is unpredictable and does not deliver the essential resources students need.

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Bill would forbid charter school gift card enrollment reward in Indiana

A proposed law, which primarily focuses on expanding state takeover of failing schools, would forbid schools from offering gift cards to prospective students or families in exchange for enrolling at the school, or to any person who refers students to the school.

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Minnesota legislation designed to give students school options

A new measure would let a family of a special education student deposit in a savings account special education and regular per-pupil funding a school district receives for the child. Money from the account could be withdrawn to pay for the student to attend classes somewhere other than the local public school.

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Bill to limit school councils' decision-making passes Ky. committee

The Kentucky Senate Education Committee has passed a bill that would limit the authority school councils have across the state. With less power, the councils would be more advisory and the superintendent would make policy decisions. The bill is now set to go before the full Senate for a vote.

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$175 million school bond calls for community input in Michigan district

Grand Rapids Public Schools will begin engaging the community for support on a 30-year, $175 million November ballot proposal beginning in April. Most of the bond — more than $150 million would go toward building construction.

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Nebraska education board OKs new public schools rating system

Public schools that improved test scores for struggling students will boost their state performance ratings under a new Nebraska accountability system. The Nebraska Board of Education also decided to seek a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Law.

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