Top Stories From Around The Country for 4/9 2014

Private School Standards For Vouchers
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker plans to sign into law a limited school accountability measure that passed the Legislature only after a more sweeping measure failed. Walker was signing the bill privately Tuesday, along with another proposal designed to set tougher standards for new private schools that want to accept taxpayer-funded voucher students.

Wisconsin voucher student scores lagging
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Students attending private schools in Wisconsin using taxpayer subsidized vouchers did not score as well overall as their public school counterparts on reading or math tests, results released Tuesday show.

School funding plan advances in Illinois Senate
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A proposal to dramatically overhaul the state’s school funding formula and allocate more money to poorer districts moved ahead in the Illinois Senate on Tuesday. The regionally divisive issue, however, likely faces a tough road in gaining support from both parties in both chambers.

Md. governor signs bill expanding pre-K program
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O’Malley has signed his first bill of the year, expanding the state’s pre-kindergarten program to another 1,600 children from low-income families.

School districts embrace career overhaul
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State education officials say three of four public school districts in Louisiana will take part in a bid to revamp career and technical education training. The program, which is called Jump Start, is supposed to align school districts, two-year colleges and private firms into regional teams to prepare high school juniors and seniors for top-paying jobs.

More Than Half of Students ‘Engaged’ in School, Says Poll
Students who have teachers who make them “feel excited about the future” and who attend schools that they see as committed to building their individual strengths are 30 times more likely than other students to show other signs of engagement in the classroom—a key predictor of academic success, according to a report released Wednesday by Gallup Education. Continue Reading Here >>

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