Top Stories From Around The Country for 4/11 2014

Manchester district to improve minority access
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education says New Hampshire’s largest school district needs to do more to enroll minorities in college and career prep courses.

Texas Board Ducks Mexican-American Studies Vote
Austin, Texas – The Texas Board of Education bypassed voting Wednesday on a hotly debated proposal to create a statewide Mexican-American studies course as a high school elective, instead simply asking publishers to submit textbooks for such a class and several other ethnic studies topics by the 2016-2017 school year.

Florida House: No testing for voucher students
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republicans in the Florida House on Wednesday firmly rejected a proposal to require students who attend private schools with state-sponsored vouchers to take the same high-stakes tests given to students in public schools.

Alabama students to take new standardized tests
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama public school students will take new standardized tests this spring that, in addition to measuring academic performance, will estimate their eventual score on the ACT college entrance exam.

SC Senate passes ‘Read to Succeed’ bill
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Senate passed a bill Wednesday aimed at boosting students’ chances of success through an expansion of 4-year-old kindergarten and early intervention in reading.

Mo. House bill bans punishment for using toy guns
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri students could use food, pencils or their hands to imitate a gun without penalty under legislation endorsed by the state House.

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