Top Stories From Around The Country

Private school voucher expansion appears unlikely
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature is abandoning a plan to approve a major expansion of a state-backed program that helps low-income children attend private schools.

New Mexico sued over public-school financing
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Parents of public school students have sued the state to increase funding for education and target more assistance to disadvantaged students who are living in poverty or learning English.

Bill would boost public money for private school
PHOENIX (AP) — A last-minute amendment to a bill that aims to expand the state’s school-voucher program would also increase the amount in public funds a student could receive to attend private school.

House OKs school turnaround district legislation
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led House narrowly approved legislation Thursday changing a state turnaround district that can take over the lowest-performing 5 percent of public schools, a year after it first approved a version that ran into resistance from GOP senators.

Assembly passes limited accountability bill
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Conservative Assembly Republicans dropped their widely panned plan to impose sanctions on failing schools and instead passed a more limited accountability bill Thursday that already cleared the Senate.

Black preschoolers more likely to face suspension
WASHINGTON (AP) — Black students are more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools — even as tiny preschoolers.

Kansas Ruling Fuels Debate on Adequacy of Funding
Kansas – The Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling that the state’s public school funding system violates the state constitution could create more questions than answers, fueling the debate between K-12 advocates and politicians elsewhere on the legal amount states must provide for education. In its March 7 ruling in Gannon v. State of Kansas, the Kansas high court declared the state’s K-12 funding system unconstitutional because it treats poor districts inequitably.

Field-Testing to Begin on Common-Core Exams
Next week marks a major milestone in an assessment project of unprecedented scope: the start of field-testing season for new, shared tests of a common set of academic

House approves changes to failing school law
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House late Wednesday approved alterations to a GOP-championed program that provides scholarships and tax credits to help move students from failing public schools to private ones.standards.


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