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Lawmakers push back on Cuomo’s school control plan
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Jun 28, 6:19 AM: Gov. Cuomo on Tuesday scheduled a special session of the Legislature for Wednesday to pass what he hopes will be a quick and simple one-year extension of mayoral school control — but some lawmakers had other plans.
Dispute over N.C. public schools control, money lands in court
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Jun 28, 6:04 AM: The question spelled out nearly 150 years ago yet repeatedly fought over by politicians over the past quarter century is back: Who runs North Carolina public schools that educate 1.5 million students at a cost of $13 billion a >
Hogan appoints four new members to Maryland state school board 
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Jun 23, 7:22 AM: Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed four new state school board members, whose stated support for school charters and more stringent academic accountability reflects the governors own thinking on education.
Education chief seizes control of failing, rural S.C. school district
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Jun 20, 6:15 AM: South Carolina’s schools chief is taking control of Allendale County schools – declaring a “state of emergency” in the poor, rural district, which has one of the state’s worst academic records.
La Crosse area educators weigh in on Wisconsin’s ESSA plan
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Jun 20, 5:53 AM: According to the draft plan, Wisconsin will add chronic student absenteeism — students missing several days of school throughout the year — to its accountability indicators, which will be used to determine which schools and >
‘Compromise can be made’ in NYC schools battle: Cuomo
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Jun 16, 7:45 AM: Gov. Cuomo on Thursday proposed a compromise in the battle over mayoral control of New York City public schools, suggesting a three-year extension that includes an expansion of charter schools.
Georgia takes first step in school turnaround plan
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Jun 16, 7:11 AM: Georgia took its first step toward possible takeover of the state’s lowest-performing schools on Thursday when a newly created advisory group met with the governor’s education board for the first time to begin looking for a >
Skandera stepping down as education chief
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Jun 8, 7:18 AM: After nearly seven years on the job, New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera is stepping down.
Our Schools Now launches $700 million Utah tax initiative
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Jun 7, 5:33 AM: The Our Schools Now campaign to boost education funding through tax increases got formally underway on Tuesday ­— with several notable departures from the group's original plans.
Rauner won’t sign education funding reform bill with $300M for CPS
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Jun 2, 6:13 AM: Gov. Bruce Rauner said Thursday that he would not sign an education funding reform bill that passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly Wednesday night just before the regular legislative session ended.
New challenges for 100-year-old Manatee Elementary
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May 31, 6:36 AM: Now state leaders want to try a more dramatic approach to improving education in East Bradenton and similar communities across Florida: Offer big incentives for charter schools to open in these neighborhoods and compete against >
Washington’s K-12 chief pitches vision of ‘very different’ school system
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May 25, 5:20 AM: After serving in the state House of Representatives for five years, Reykdal last month celebrated his first 100 days as Washington’s chief of K-12 schools. In that time, he’s come up with an ambitious plan that — if he can persuade >
State sued for failing to meet needs of black students
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May 24, 6:43 AM: Mississippi is violating terms of its re-admittance to the Union after the Civil War by not providing an equitable education for black students, according to arguments made in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court for the >
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.

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