Top Stories From Around The Country

Study Finds No Upswing in Racially Isolated Schools
Racial isolation/exposure versus evenness are at the crux of an academic debate over whether the level of school segregation has changed since the early 1970s, when the flurry of post-Brown v. Board of Education desegregation activity slowed.

Utah Senate approves private preschool grant plan
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A program to help cover the cost of preschool programs for low-income Utah families has cleared its final hurdle in the state Legislature.

Narrower special education voucher bill advances
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A narrowed version of a special education voucher bill for Mississippi students is moving ahead. The measure would give debit cards with more than $6,000 on them to parents who withdraw their special education students from public schools. The money could be spent on private school tuition or private tutoring services.

Report finds Illinois school finances worsening
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois State Board of Education report released Wednesday shows more Illinois schools are in poor financial shape and borrowing money or dipping into reserves than previous years, a problem that could worsen as the state faces overall budget cuts next year.

Oklahoma Senate won’t hear Common Core repeal
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A legislative attempt to derail a set of education standards in math and English known as Common Core was thwarted Wednesday, but Republican leaders in the Senate have agreed to grant a hearing to a repeal measure approved in the House.

Texas Schools Balk at State Calculator Requirement
Austin, Texas – School district officials across Texas say efforts to equip students with new technology are being impeded by a state directive that they must purchase costly calculators for 8th graders.


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