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State aid increases to S.D. school districts

The South Dakota Legislature has passed a 2 percent increase in state aid to school districts despite concerns that the measure shifts some costs to local property taxpayers.

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Block grant funding for Kansas schools gets tentative House approval

The Kansas House narrowly advanced a controversial bill repealing the state’s current school finance formula in favor of flexible block grants. The proposal will give school districts more flexibility on how to spend state dollars but will also reduce overall school funding for the current year.

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Charter school bill stays on track in Alabama Legislature

The Education Policy Committee in the House of Representatives approved a proposed charter school bill that would give the committee the authority to approve applications for start-up charter schools that are denied by local school boards.

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Mississippi to open first early college high school

The Mississippi Department of Education, in partnership with East Mississippi Community College, will open the state’s first early college high school this fall for students who show potential for academic success but need a different type of school setting.

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Tennessee county to sue state over school funding

Hamilton County's board of education voted to sue Tennessee over the Basic Education Program, the formula through which the state funds public schools. School officials say the state shortchanges the school district roughly $13 million annually.

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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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