Top Stories From Around The Country

SAT Makeover Aims to Better Reflect Classroom Learning
The plans unveiled this week by the College Board for a redesigned SAT include substantive shifts aimed at making the exam more “focused” and “useful,” including an emphasis on having students justify their answers with textual evidence, shunning “obscure” SAT words, making the essay optional, and covering fewer math topics but in greater depth. The redesign also offers strong echoes of the Common Core State Standards, which board President David Coleman helped write.

Bill exempts homeschool students from requirements
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A bill advancing at the legislature would exempt homeschooled students from following state requirements about curriculum or days spent in school. The bill has been passed by the Senate and was approved by a House committee on a 9-4 vote on Thursday. The measure from South Jordan Republican Sen. Aaron Osmond requires parents to file an affidavit once with a district stating they intend to homeschool their children.

Kansas high court: School funding unconstitutional
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court said Friday the state’s current public school funding levels are unconstitutional. In the much-anticipated ruling, the court said Kansas’ poor school districts were harmed when the state made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession. The Supreme Court sent the case back to district court for more review to “promptly” determine what the adequate amount of funding should be, but didn’t set a deadline for a hearing. It did, however, set a July 1 deadline for legislators to restore money for two funds aimed at helping poorer families.

Kansas teacher group wants boost in school aid now
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The largest teachers union in Kansas says legislators shouldn’t wait on more court rulings to increase total state spending on public schools. Kansas National Education Association President Karen Godfrey said Friday that lawmakers can end a lawsuit over school funding by boosting the state’s aid to school districts this year.

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