Top Stories From Around The Country for 4/25 2014

Washington loses waiver on No Child Left Behind
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state has become the first to lose its federal waiver for requirements of the No Child Left Behind education law as well as control over how about $40 million is spent to improve public school student outcomes, education officials announced Thursday. State education officials say they received an email from Education Secretary Arne Duncan saying they were losing the waiver because the state did not meet the U.S. Department of Education’s requirement to include statewide student test results in teacher evaluations.

Bill adds labor history as a possible curriculum
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are moving closer to requiring the Department of Education to come up with a curriculum that local school districts can use to teach about the history of the labor movement. The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill on a bipartisan 25-10 vote. Some critics said the bill is unnecessary, political and could send an anti-business message.

Feds probe district’s immigrant teacher hiring
DALLAS (AP) — A North Texas school district is facing a federal investigation and a payout of more than $500,000 to reimburse international teachers after their recruitment violated regulations. Some teachers in the Garland Independent School District in suburban Dallas believed the district’s irregularities are to blame for their possible deportation.

House panel OKs Missouri student transfer bill
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri House committee has advanced legislation revising a law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay the costs when students transfer to neighboring districts. The bill would limit the tuition paid by struggling districts and allow the receiving schools to set policies for how many students they accept. Students could transfer to better schools within their home districts. They also could go to other school districts, charter schools or nonreligious private schools within the same county or a bordering one.

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