Top Stories From Around The Country for 4/10 2014

State must provide info on vouchers to US
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Louisiana education officials to provide federal lawyers with regular reports each year on students and schools involved in a state voucher program that provides public funding for some students attending private schools.

Mo. House adopts bill to study education standards
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s Republican-led House has backed off its opposition to new education standards and endorsed legislation to keep them in place while a commission studies their effectiveness. State education officials voted to adopt the Common Core State Standards in 2010. Since then, opponents have charged that the standards take away control of curriculum from local school districts.

4 students seriously hurt in Pa. school stabbings
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A student armed with a knife went on a stabbing and slashing spree at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning, leaving as many as 20 people injured, including four students who suffered serious wounds, authorities said.

Conn. lawmakers unveil $200M pre-kindergarten plan
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are announcing what they’re calling a historic 10-year, $200 million program for pre-kindergarten programs.

Many States Left Key NCLB Flexibility on the Table
Amid a nationwide backlash against testing, states were expected to jump at the chance to design accountability systems that judge schools on measures other than test scores alone—from specific offerings such as Advanced Placement courses to systemic factors such as school climate. But while 42 states plus the District of Columbia have these waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act, only 18 took advantage of the opportunity to use multiple measures that went beyond the NCLB-era factors of test scores, participation in the assessments, and graduation rates in high school. Continue Reading Here >>

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