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6/20/2017

6/20/2017

A school funding deal announced by leaders in the Legislature this week could play havoc with some district's spending plans. While about 400 districts stand to gain funding from the state, roughly 120 would lose it, forcing cuts or other tough decisions to make up the difference.

6/20/2017

The state's new school-prayer law creates a legal catch-22 for Florida’s public schools and effectively puts a “Sue me sign” over all of them. If a school follows the letter of the law and allows a prayer, proselytizing message, or one denigrating religion by a student, parent or teacher, there will be a violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.

6/20/2017

Follett is intensifying its support of K12 school libraries and librarians by partnering with EveryLibrary, a political action committee dedicated to advocating for libraries and librarians at the state level. The Follett-EveryLibrary partnership will initially focus its work with school library associations in six states: Illinois, Washington, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Florida and Mississippi.

6/20/2017

Researchers studying California’s new school funding system wish they could track the huge sums of money the state has sent to struggling students, and analyze what districts spent it on. They can’t because the financial data needed to do so isn’t available.

6/20/2017

The Queen Anne’s County board of education named Andrea Kane as the next superintendent of Queen Anne’s County Public Schools. Kane, currently is the associate superintendent of academic services and the chief academic officer for Richmond Public Schools, will succeed Interim Superintendent Gregory Pilewski.

6/20/2017

The big issue in voucher programs is whether they foster competition and improve public education. As big an issue, it is becoming clear, is whether the private schools can accept public money without also accepting the attendant demands that will destroy what they are and what they offer.

6/20/2017

The Chicago Public Schools will pay 6.39 percent—an extraordinary interest rate by short-term lending standards—to borrow $275 million it needs to make a mandatory payment for retiree pensions before a June 30 deadline. It’s yet another sign of the dire financial condition of the nation’s third-largest public school system.

6/20/2017

Less than a month after Campbell USD Superintendent Eric Andrew announced his retirement, the California district has already named a successor. The district’s governing board appointed Shelly Viramontez, associate superintendent of human resources, to the district’s top position. She has worked in the district since 1996.

6/20/2017

The East Bay Educational Collaborative, an educational organization serving schools in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire, has partnered with PASCO Scientific to provide training, curriculum materials and equipment for the third year of its Improving the STEM Pipeline project, a grant opportunity funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research.

6/20/2017

The Kansas Supreme Court will allow the state’s new school funding law to go into effect while justices decide whether it is constitutional, eliminating the possibility that schools will run out of money at the end of June. The justices will hear oral arguments on the new lawin July.

6/20/2017

Public school teachers voted to ratify the contract between the School District of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. The agreement, which would run through Aug. 31, 2020, comes as the teachers have been without a contract for the last four years.

6/19/2017

6/19/2017

The Department of Education is scaling back investigations into civil rights violations at the nation’s public schools and universities, easing off mandates imposed by the Obama administration that the new leadership says have bogged down the agency.

6/19/2017

The Texas Commissioner of Education announced a new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness report card that will give parents more information about their children’s performance on the test, progress from the previous school year and the student’s academic and reading growth. 

6/19/2017

Decades of documents reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity reveal a tightly woven network of organizations that works in concert with the oil and gas industry to paint a rosy picture of fossil fuels in America's classrooms. Led by advertising and public-relations strategists, the groups have long plied the tools of their trade on impressionable children and teachers desperate for resources.

6/19/2017

The Mississippi Department of Education is firing a testing company, saying scoring errors raise questions about the graduation status of nearly 1,000 students statewide.

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