Top Stories From Around The Country

Colorado court to hear school voucher appeal
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court has agreed to review a Court of Appeals ruling that allowed one of Colorado’s first school voucher programs. The Supreme Court said Monday constitutional issues are involved. The appeals court said last year the Choice Scholarship Program does not violate the state Constitution.

Kansas legislative panels to debate school funding
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A key Kansas senator says legislators are going back and looking at all recommendations for education funding in order to comply with a court mandate to boost school aid.

Audit reveals problems with student records
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The state is ordering a comprehensive review of the records of recent East Baton Rouge Parish public high school graduates. Officials tell The Advocate (http://bit.ly/Nn33j4 ) a limited audit found that some students earned grades or credits that differed from those the school system reported to the state.

6 percent of NY school budgets seek cap override
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Six percent of New York school districts are planning to ask voters to approve budgets that exceed the state-imposed property tax cap.

Kansas school ruling noted by credit rater Moody’s
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A leading credit rating firm says a recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling on school funding was a “negative” event that puts even more pressure on the state’s ability to pay its debts. Moody’s Investor Service, one of the leading credit rating firms in the country, raised the concerns in its weekly public finance outlook issued late Thursday. Analysts noted that complying with the court’s order to increase funding for two special funds aimed at equalizing spending in poor districts constituted a “credit negative” for Kansas. The state is rated by Moody’s as an Aa1 negative outlook.

Santa Fe schools to try to get dropouts to return
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Public Schools hope to turn around low high school graduation rates by teaming up with a Florida company that will use public money to recruit students who dropped out and try to get them back to class in the coming months.

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