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Weekly News Round-Up for July 21st
posted by: Melissa | July 21, 2017, 05:56 PM   

Each week, AAE brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, AAE finds the news our members really want to see. This week, we have school start dates, vouchers, early education, and more!

Kansas School Financing in State Supreme Court: The funding battle that’s been raging in Kansas over the past few years, reached the state Supreme Court this week where the state legislature defended its school funding plan. The new plan adds $488 million to schools over the next two years, which critics say is not enough. This comes after a ruling in this past March where the court found that the state of Kansas was not providing adequate funding.

Maryland Loophole May Allow New Start Dates: Last year Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued a ruling that prohibited schools to start before Labor Day in order to boost summer tourism. The move was controversial and received criticism from some on the state’s school board. However, the law makes an exception for schools that are low-performing or at-risk without defining what at-risk means. Now, districts struggling to make their calendar fit the Labor Day to June 15th calendar may try to use that loophole to extend the school year.

Scott Walker Signs Voucher Bill: A new law in Wisconsin adds regulations to private schools that want to receive vouchers from the state government. Now the schools must conduct employee background checks to receive vouchers. The law also includes several technical changes to the program. The bill was passed with bipartisan support and was signed by Governor Scott Walker on Wednesday.

N.C. Showdown Continues between State Board and Superintendent: Last week, a N.C. court ruled that the State Superintendent had ultimate control over the state’s education system, not the state school board. The school board is planning to appeal directly to the state’s Supreme Court.

Nebraska Seeks to Reduce Crime through Early Education: Law enforcement officials in Nebraska are citing research that shows ties between education and lower crime as their reason to push for more early childhood education programs in the state. In a press conference this week, they highlighted Sixpence, a Nebraska fund for early-childhood children at-risk and called for more investment in similar programs.

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