DAILY NEWS ROUNDUP

A-F School Grading Targeted in N.M. Equity Suit

April 23, 2014

Among the many school-funding lawsuits focused on equity and adequacy around the country, a case in New Mexico stands out. It focuses on the state’s A-F accountability and teacher-evaluation policies—not strictly on spending levels—in targeting what the plaintiffs say are an unfair distribution of resources that makes the state’s education budget a showcase for inequality. The […]

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Kansas: Governor Signs School Funding Bill

April 23, 2014

Gov. Sam Brownback signed a school funding bill on Monday that increases aid for poor districts to satisfy a portion of a State Supreme Court ruling and that also ends the state’s mandate for teacher tenure. The Republican governor said the bill was significant because it provided at least $129 million in aid to poor […]

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Pa. District Agrees to Improve Services for English-Learners

April 14, 2014

Another district, this time in Pennsylvania, has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s office for civil rights to provide more equitable educational opportunities for its English-language learner student population, after an investigation found that the district was failing to meet these students’ needs. After an investigation, the office for civil rights found […]

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LA Judge: State Must Provide Info on Vouchers to US

April 14, 2014

A federal judge has ordered Louisiana education officials to provide federal lawyers with regular reports each year on students and schools involved in a state voucher program that provides public funding for some students attending private schools. The Justice Department has sought to review the state’s assignments of voucher students to make sure they don’t promote […]

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NY State Budget Deal Reached; $300 Million for NYC Pre-K

March 12, 2014

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders announced on Saturday an agreement on a state budget that would provide $300 million for prekindergarten in New York City, but also undercuts other educational policies of Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has championed prekindergarten while trying to slow the spread of charter schools. At the same time, […]

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