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8/25/2016

8/25/2016

The Chicago Board of Education voted to approve a controversial $5.4 billion budget for the Chicago Public Schools, including a property tax hike to fund teacher pensions. The district's spending plan for the upcoming school year includes more borrowing, and a $342 million property tax hike.

8/25/2016

As a new school year approaches in Minnesota, an old problem continues to haunt many districts: There simply aren't enough counselors and support staff. For decades Minnesota has struggled to add more of them. A new grant program aims to address the problem, but it remains to be seen what impact it will have.

8/25/2016

Wisconsin has to stop cannibalizing its public schools to pay for giveaways to the rich and subsidies for private schools. Our children’s future depends on our giving them the best educational opportunities we can. And the economic health of our local communities and businesses, as well as our entire state, relies on having a well-educated workforce.

8/25/2016

This school year, Charlotte-area students will be able to check out a free Wi-Fi hotspot through a new agreement between Sprint and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. The two are offering 150 wireless hot spots to students of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools who need to borrow the devices in order to stay connected at home.

8/25/2016

Their demands, and the outcry that has ensued, expose a divide among blacks that goes well beyond the now-familiar complaints about charters’ diverting money and attention from traditional public schools.

8/25/2016

State lawmakers are spending $1 million to hire a firm to study school construction needs in all 100 North Carolina counties to obtain a clearer picture of which counties face the greatest challenges.

8/25/2016

Wonders 2017 is a redesigned and expanded suite of English Language Arts (ELA) solutions, available now for the 2016-2017 school year. The suite includes four targeted programs covering ELA for K6, English language development instruction, Spanish language arts for dual-immersion instruction, and intervention support.

8/25/2016

In the latest sign of increased scrutiny of charter schools, Gov. Wolf announced the creation of a division within the state Department of Education dedicated to assisting and improving such schools.

8/25/2016

At a special meeting, the Oklahoma City school board voted unanimously to put a $180 million bond issue on the November ballot. School officials are calling this a maintenance bond, taking care of what they already have.

8/25/2016

Chicago Public Schools is struggling with debt and has dozens of high schools with space for more students. In spite of that, city and school district leaders are contemplating building three new high schools in the coming years.

8/25/2016

A new survey says the average American household with children will spend $673 on back-to-school supplies. The National Retail Federation says nationally, the total economic impact of back-to-school shopping from pre-school kids to college students will top $75.8 billion this year, compared to $68 billion last year.

8/25/2016

Despite rejecting a move to close schools on certain Muslim holidays, Baltimore County school board members said they aren't dropping the issue. Immediately following the vote, the board voted to have its policy review committee take up the issue of closing on all religious holidays.

8/24/2016

8/24/2016

A move to close schools in Baltimore County for Muslim holidays failed by one vote at the school board.The vote came after more than a decade of advocacy by the Muslim community. A school board subcommittee recommended the move.

8/24/2016

The Virtual High School is piloting a new introductory college-level computer science course in fall 2016, designed to appeal to all students in grades 10-12, not just those interested in STEM subjects.

8/24/2016

Closing schools is a draconian measure which is not supported by the research or best practices. Also, the state School Reform Office's statement reveals that the state will essentially create institutional barriers between disadvantaged children and an equitable education in Michigan.

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