AM News: Florida Bill Proposes Taxes on Gun Sales Fund School Security
New Florida Bills Would Make Gun And Ammo Taxes Pay For School Security HuffPostEdu: In the wake of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, one Florida lawmaker wants to make gun owners foot the bill for students' safety. In order to pay for these increased safety measures, Stewart proposes creating a Safe School Trust Fund (HB 327) within the Department of Education, and she wants it funded by taxes collected on Florida gun and ammo sales.
Districts Get Bold on School Security EdWeek: President Barack Obama's announcement last week of a wide-ranging anti-violence plan in response to the Newtown, Conn., school shootings comes as many districts are adopting new and sometimes dramatic measures—including arming teachers and volunteers—intended to prevent similar tragedies in their own schools.
D.C. Schools Consider Dropping U.S. Government High School Graduation Requirement HuffPostEdu: In an ironic twist, public school leaders in the nation's capital are considering allowing its high school students to graduate without taking an advanced level course in government functions.
NY Gov.'s education plans get lukewarm response AP: BUFFALO, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to spend 4.4 percent more on schools next year received a lukewarm reception Wednesday from educators and advocates who praised some of the planned initiatives but said funding would remain short of what it should be under a landmark court ruling six years ago.
To Raise Graduation Rate, Colleges Are Urged to Help a Changing Student Body AP: In an effort to improve the college completion rate and fend off new regulations, a commission of the nation’s six leading higher-education associations is calling for extensive reforms to serve a changing college population — one increasingly composed of older and part-time students.