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Missouri district receives state aid to keep doors open for school year

A measure was passed that would provide $2 million to keep the Normandy district open for the rest of the school year. Normandy was financially solvent prior to last summer’s state Supreme Court ruling that upheld the transfer law, which allows children in unaccredited districts to transfer to better schools at their home district's expense.

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Minnesota's school bullying-prevention law overhauled

Minnesota's legislative bodies sent the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, an overhaul of Minnesota's bullying-prevention law, to the governor for signing.

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Maryland city's school system deficit could trigger considerable layoffs

Baltimore school officials presented a budget scenario that calls for sizeable staff layoffs and de-funding key contracts that serve schools if a $31 million deficit is not closed.

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New school aid formula wins Alabama panel endorsement

A proposal to change the state’s school aid formula passed through a Senate panel, despite objections that the plan has not been sufficiently researched. The legislation would make the state distribute almost all school funding based on each district’s ability to pay.

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Emotions high with proposed charter-limiting bills in Illinois

The Illinois legislature is considering 11 bills that would, among other things, limit where charters can be located, ban them from marketing themselves to students, and abolish a commission that has the power to overrule local boards and grant charter licenses.

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Decision nearing on possible merger of Pennsylvania school districts

A proposed merger of two districts in Pennsylvania’s Berks County is being pushed not only as a way to cut costs, but also as a “moral obligation” of the wealthier township. The merger, which is drawing criticism from some parents, students and taxpayers, would create a regional model to serve approximately 5,000 students.

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Big profits in not-for-profit charter schools

Many charters, including those not-for-profits operated by leading critics of New York City Mayor de Blasio, seem to be more about making money for top executives. Educating children, when it actually happens, is at best a by-product.

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Texas to consider adding Mexican American studies as an official elective

The state's board will be considering the addition of Mexican American Studies as an official high school elective. Over 50 percent of the state's public school students are Hispanic. The board is considering a total of 20 new courses this week with several already being developed in response to legislation from the 2013 session.

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First Amendment: Tennessee‘s “religious viewpoint” law passes

The “Religious Viewpoints Anti-discrimination Act” passed both legislative houses by large margins. Under current law, students have the right to express their religious views. This new law is not needed to make this clear. What is disputed, however, is where to draw the line on that expression before a captive audience at school-sponsored events.

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Action urged on Pa. bill to avoid cover-ups of school sex offenses

When teachers or coaches are charged in incidents involving sexual relationships with students, it’s disturbing on a number of levels. The potential exists that the offenses will go unreported and could occur again. Schools can currently allow educators to quit quietly and get hired at another school without their past known.

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