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Verdict is mixed for state’s second effort to help turnaround schools
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May 22, 5:44 AM: Despite successes and a strong emphasis on education, there is still not a consensus on how to help the more 60 schools in the state grappling with how to close the achievement gap.
New state laws to impact school funding
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May 17, 6:36 AM: In addition to local efforts, new state laws will impact local school district funding in the future. The state Legislature rammed through two education bills before the session closed. One is likely to evoke cheers from school >
Haslam: Achievement School District Still Needed, But Changes Near
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May 16, 5:05 AM: Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says there is a continuing need for the state-run Achievement School District. But the school district for the bottom 5 percent of schools in the state, in terms of academic achievement, is being >
Veto schools bill and education budget, critics urge Gov. Scott
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May 16, 4:25 AM: Gov. Rick Scott faces mounting pressure from school superintendents, teachers unions and parent groups to veto $23.7 billion in base funding to K-12 public schools next year — as well as a controversial $419 million education >
Freed from regulations by Trump administration, state education board unveils the ‘California Way’
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May 12, 7:05 AM: The charged moment came during a presentation of a draft plan called “The California Way” on how the state plans to satisfy the relatively loose requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the Obama-era replacement for the >
For special ed advocates, one bill down and many more on the line
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May 11, 6:26 AM: With a major bill for students with disabilities flying to the governor's desk, special education advocates are looking ahead to smaller bills that might not survive the upcoming deadlines for legislation to pass.
Some on Mississippi school board seek to run new district
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Apr 21, 5:59 AM: Some members of Mississippi's state Board of Education want direct control over a statewide school district that will take charge of faltering local schools and districts.
House budget more generous to local schools, but old issues persist
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Apr 20, 6:23 AM: But according to the state’s district-by-district “cherry sheet” estimates, many districts in Central Massachusetts would see a relatively larger percentage funding increase, or in some cases even a net reduction, thanks to big >
Judge set to hear arguments on CPS lawsuit over state education funding
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Apr 19, 6:49 AM: Claypool has warned that the school year could end June 1 instead of June 20, and that most summer school sessions could be eliminated, without a court ruling in the district's favor. The state has filed a motion to dismiss the >
Bill to make state superintendent an appointed position goes to governor’s desk
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Apr 19, 6:08 AM: The state schools superintendent will soon be appointed by the Indiana governor. Lawmakers voted to pass a compromise Tuesday that sends the bill to the governor’s desk. If signed, the change will take effect in 2025.
Texas made a school district take in more students. But will it help fund them?
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Apr 18, 5:32 AM: As lawmakers debate possible reforms to the school finance system this week, they might decide whether to continue offering extra funds to districts like Texas City ISD, which last year was forced to annex a struggling district >
Bill to encourage innovation in schools
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Apr 13, 5:41 AM: A bipartisan bill to allow school board approved waivers of North Dakota education laws when it would improve delivery or administration was signed by Gov. Doug Burgum on April 3.
School takeover bill draws criticism, praise
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Apr 12, 6:01 AM: Rescuing troubled school districts in Gary and Muncie might come back to haunt the Indiana General Assembly, members of the House say.
Bevin gives local schools more control with the sweep of a pen
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Apr 11, 5:19 AM: Among the major ones was Senate Bill 1, an omnibus education bill designed to place more control and accountability in the hands of local school districts, enabling them to have a stronger voice in how to improve performance by >
McQueen talks future of school turnaround in Tennessee, Memphis
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Apr 10, 5:45 AM: Early goals of the state-run Achievement School District were specific and tangible: move schools from the bottom 5 percent to the top 25 percent in five years.
Hogan vetoes bill limiting Maryland school reforms
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Apr 6, 5:08 AM: Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed a bill on Wednesday that would set standards for identifying low-performing schools and limit the state's options for reforming them.
Indiana Senate OKs bill that lets governor appoint schools chief
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Apr 5, 6:04 AM: Indiana senators on Tuesday approved making the position of state superintendent of public instruction a job appointed by the governor and no longer elected by voters. The approval came after a similar proposal was rejected earlier >
State takeover of Muncie Schools proposed
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Apr 3, 6:26 AM: The chairman of the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee is expected to offer a bill amendment on Monday to designate Muncie Schools as a distressed political subdivision, giving the state new and wide-ranging control.
Snags on charter schools, youth court derail on-time budget
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Apr 3, 5:54 AM: The Senate and Assembly plan to work through the weekend to pass the budget, which is hung up primarily over two policy issues. One is a measure to divert 16- and 17-year-olds accused of crimes into youth and family courts rather >
Gov. John Bel Edwards floats narrow agenda for schools in upcoming session
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Mar 30, 5:51 AM: Gov. John Bel Edwards released a slim K-12 education agenda Tuesday (March 28), reflecting the realities of an upcoming legislative session focused largely on the budget. He wants to end corporal punishment for students with >

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