Top Stories From Around The Country

GOP leaders meet in Tenn. amid Common Core discord
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and two top Tennessee Republicans are meeting at an upscale Nashville hotel Wednesday to discuss education policies that have caused divisions within the GOP around the country — including within the Tennessee General Assembly located across the street. Bush, whose potential presidential aspirations have been the subject of intense speculation, is being joined by Sen. Lamar Alexander and Gov. Bill Haslam at the event, hosted by business groups that support Common Core standards spelling out what math and reading skills students should have in each grade.

Alabama House narrowly approves education budget
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The House of Representatives on Tuesday narrowly approved an education budget that divided legislators over the lack of a pay raise for teachers.

Bill to require cursive for SC students advances
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill requiring South Carolina’s school districts to teach students how to write in cursive by fifth grade advanced Tuesday in the House.

Mo. school funding gap hits some more than others
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A state funding shortfall is hitting some Missouri school districts harder than others. A report released Wednesday by the Missouri Budget Project says the state is underfunding public school districts by $656 million this year. That’s based on the amount called for under a 2005 law that re-wrote Missouri’s school funding formula.

Legislators draw up rival school spending plans
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida legislators are drawing up rival spending plans for education. The House and Senate this week are starting to work on a new state budget. The House is proposing to increase spending on public schools by nearly $741 million.

Feds release report on Race to the Top progress
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland made important steps in the third year of implementing its $250 million Race to the Top education grant, but the state also faced multiple challenges, a U.S. Education Department report said Wednesday. The department’s progress report said Maryland continued to score well above the national average on the National Assessment of Educational Progress last year. Maryland showed slight increases in reading from 2011. The state also had a negligible decrease in overall math scores since 2011, but students scoring in the advanced range increased by 8 percent in grade four and 5 percent in grade eight.

School-funding changes clear first Colorado hurdle
DENVER (AP) — Two education bills that are among the biggest-ticket items Colorado lawmakers will consider all year cleared their first hurdle Wednesday.

Weighted Admissions Lotteries: Will They Reshape Charters Demographics?
New federal regulatory guidance that now allows charter schools to hold weighted admission lotteries in favor of disadvantaged students may affect a small number of charters now, but could have a greater impact in the future, experts say.

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