DAILY NEWS ROUNDUP

Louisiana: Education Board Hiring Lawyer in Common Core Fight

July 2, 2014

Louisiana’s top school board took the first steps Tuesday toward a possible lawsuit challenging Gov. Bobby Jindal’s efforts to derail the Common Core education standards in public schools. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 6-3 to seek outside lawyers for guidance, hiring that needs approval from the attorney general’s office. But no legal action […]

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New York City Will Hire 100 New Arts Teachers and Invest in Facilities With Additional $23 Million Dollars

July 2, 2014

The city will divide up an additional $23 million set aside for arts education to hire 120 new teachers, improve and create new facilities, and provide arts teachers with funds to purchase new supplies, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday. Directing the additional funds, which will bring the city’s total arts spending to about $353 million, […]

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New York City Public Schools Are Poorer and More Crowded, Budget Agency Finds

July 2, 2014

Schools in New York are becoming more congested, federal and state aid has dropped, and the number of students in “temporary housing situations,” including homeless shelters, has shot up, according to a reporton the state of public education the city’s budget oversight agency issued on Tuesday. Nearly 450,000 students were enrolled in overcrowded buildings, defined as […]

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Fifteen Idaho Schools Will Share $3 Million In Technology Grants

July 2, 2014

Forrest M. Bird Charter School was one of 15 schools across Idaho to qualify for a share of $3 million in grants for tech pilot projects for the coming year, nabbing $317,516 that also will cover training, project presentation systems and more. But outgoing state schools Superintendent Tom Luna noted that 99 schools applied for […]

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States’ Special Education Services Face Tighter Oversight by the Obama Administration

June 24, 2014

The Obama administration is tightening its oversight of the way states educate special-needs students. Until now, the agency considered whether states evaluated students for special needs in a timely manner, whether they reported information to the federal government and met other procedural benchmarks. The U.S. Department of Education altered its criteria today for determining whether […]

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New York State Challenge Planned on Teacher Tenure Law

June 24, 2014

A new advocacy group is helping parents prepare a challenge to New York’s teacher tenure and seniority laws, contending that they violate children’s constitutional right to a sound basic education by keeping ineffective teachers in classrooms. The preparations to challenge the state’s tenure laws this summer follow a landmark ruling in California earlier this month. […]

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