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5/28/2015

5/28/2015

A majority of local legislators in the House and Senate passed a measure to refinance Jefferson County school construction debt which gives the cash-strapped county $36-$40 million annually from the proceeds of the refunding. The bill passed this month refinances the outstanding principal balance of about $560 million.

5/28/2015

A math teacher at Manual High School has launched a pilot program that will allow her students' parents — those without a high school diploma — to join their children in the classroom and learn the math required for them to pass the high school equivalency exam.

5/28/2015

The state House of Representatives advanced a dramatic change in Washington’s high-school graduation requirements. The bill would temporarily eliminate the need to pass a science test for graduation and simplify the state testing system.

5/28/2015

A student's appearance should be the last thing of concern to a teacher, but more importantly, these comments — even when positive — can be damaging and hurtful to other kids. There are simply too many other things worth complimenting for any educator to be discussing physical appearance.

5/28/2015

A teacher is suing the Fremont RE-2 school district, claiming the high school is not keeping church and state separate. Personalized Bibles distributed to students, morning prayer circles on campus and a church pastor ministering on the school campus are a few examples the lawsuit names as unconstitutional.

5/28/2015

The state's prevailing wage law would be repealed under a bill passed by an Assembly labor committee. The proposal would do away with the law that requires construction workers on certain government and school projects to be paid wages equivalent to what they would earn working on other projects in the area.

5/28/2015

The agreement is in accordance with an arbitrator's ruling on a grievance the union filed last year, which argued new high school schedules violated contracted work limits.

5/28/2015

A wide array of content from Cricket Media's portfolio of children’s books and magazines will now be available to students reading on Capstone's myON. The partnership will provide content to supplement middle and high school curriculums.

5/28/2015

The Washington Legislature must act immediately to make common sense changes to the state's confusing, expensive and burdensome system of student testing. Why now? This is the first year that students must pass a biology assessment as a graduation requirement. Predictably, about 8,000 students statewide have not passed the test.

5/27/2015

5/27/2015

Following the lack of a decision two weeks ago to choose charter school committee members, the state Board of Education has now confirmed 10 members to the new Alabama Public Charter School Commission. The representative who submitted the bill to remove the state board from that confirmation process has moved to kill the bill.

5/27/2015

About 2,000 high school seniors will fail to graduate this year despite many having enough credits because they didn’t pass an end-of-course test for biology in 10th grade or meet the state academic standard through an alternative approach that evaluates classroom work samples. New legislation needs to find a compromise to reduce testing but retain standards for learning.

5/27/2015

New Jersey legislators should follow through in blocking the state's education commissioner from punishing students because of high opt-out rates. They should take statewide action to prevent PARCC scores from being used in any way for student placement or teacher evaluations for at least three years. The tests simply aren't ready to carry such high stakes.

5/27/2015

In its estimate to hire Aramark to manage school janitors, Chicago Public Schools underestimated by nearly 3.2 million square feet the amount of space Aramark would have to clean. It will cost the district an additional $7 million in the controversial contract.

5/27/2015

The California city's public school leaders may restrict enrollment at a prestigious arts school to city residents only. The proposal comes after years of concern on the Board of Education that San Francisco students lack access to Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts with about 14 percent of students currently enrolled living outside the city.

5/27/2015

Each year at budget time, the aspirations that Maine school districts have for the education they provide run up against the cold, hard reality of steadily rising costs, additional mandates and, increasingly, diminished state aid. The delay as school districts and towns struggle to limit tax increases while still offering an adequate education is slowly killing both school districts and taxpayers.

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