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Miss. panel votes for alternative language for school funding ballot initiative

Mississippi lawmakers proposed alternate wording for a state constitutional referendum on school funding, raising the likelihood of a showdown on the House floor.

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With critics on all sides, Wis. school accountability bill moves ahead

A contentious Wisconsin bill has been introduced outlining how to hold publicly funded schools accountable for student performance, including creating a new state board that would issue strict penalties to schools that don't improve.

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California school builders to gather signatures for 2016 bond measure

School-construction and home-building groups launched an effort to qualify a $9 billion school bond for the November 2016 ballot, only days after Gov. Jerry Brown released a budget plan that minimized the state’s role in paying for building new classrooms and modernizing existing ones.

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North Dakota bill would limit access to school district records

A bill introduced to the State Legislature would seal relevant records in a school district employee’s file should that employee be charged with a crime in district court. The records would become publicly available after the criminal complaint against the employee was resolved.

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Indiana bill would forward student-teacher messages to parents, school

Communications between teachers and students could be automatically forwarded to parents and school administrators if a new bill becomes law. The proposed bill stems from multiple instances of inappropriate conduct between teachers and students, over the years, including two arrests in Indiana in the past week.

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Computer glitch leads to misallocation of millions for Iowa school projects

A computer programming error caused the Iowa Department of Revenue to misallocate more than $9 million in sales taxes to be used for school infrastructure projects. School districts in high-retail, metro areas were shorted dollars, while districts in rural areas received more money than they should have.

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San Francisco USD seeks record requests for district space from charter schools

San Francisco's real estate boom has enveloped housing and commercial properties for years. But now at least one set of schools may be reeling from the effects of the soaring real estate prices in The City: charter schools.

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Ohio ratings point to preschools that are really schools, not just child care

Ohio is trying to give parents guidance through its Step Up To Quality preschool rating system, which rates childcare centers from one to five stars based on how well they try to educate children.

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Tucson schools go ahead with Mexican-American studies, risking $14M in state funds

A four-year-old controversy regarding the teaching of so-called “ethnic studies” in an Arizona school district is once again at the forefront, after Superintendent H.T. Sánchez of the Tucson Unified School District is authorizing the expansion of the courses – which involve mostly Mexican- and African-American studies.

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Bill could close failing Wisconsin schools

Wisconsin public schools deemed to be failing would have to become charter schools under a bill introduced Wednesday that was the first of the 2015 legislative session and placed on the fast track for passage.

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