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Statement on Trump Administration's Decision to Rescind Federal Protections for Transgender Students
ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb. 23 -- Montgomery County Public Schools issued the following statement by Board of Education President Michael A. Durso and Superintendent Jack R. Smith in response to the Trump administration's decision to rescind federal protections for transgender students in schools:

"The Montgomery County Board of Education and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) reaffirm our commitment to providing a safe and welcoming learning environment for all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other personal characteristics. As part of our longstanding ... Show Full Article

San Francisco Officials Issue Statement on Transgender Discrimination
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 23 -- The San Francisco Unified School District issued the following statement by Mayor Ed Lee, Interim Superintendent Myong Leigh, and Board of Education President Shamann Walton on transgender discrimination:

"Today's decision to rescind protections against transgender students is a misguided act that will victimize children most in need of our support.

"All students deserve to learn in an atmosphere that is free of fear and discrimination. While attending school, no child should feel overwhelmed by the simple decision of which bathroom to use, or fear the consequences ... Show Full Article

Saint Paul Public Schools Four-Year Graduation Rate Hits All-Time High in 2016
ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 23 -- St. Paul Public Schools issued the following news:

The four-year student graduation rates for Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) was 1.5 percentage points higher than 2015 with admirable results across both traditional and non-traditional secondary schools.

The 2016 four-year graduation rate for Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) hit an all-time high of 76.5 percent.

District-wide, graduation rates for Hispanic students were higher for the seventh consecutive year and higher for Black students for the fourth consecutive year.

"I think there are four main reasons ... Show Full Article

National Alliance Statement on ASPIRA Charter Schools
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools issued the following statement on ASPIRA charter schools:

"Charter schools are public schools that are granted autonomy to operate outside of much district red tape, in exchange for being held to higher levels of accountability. This model allows teachers and principals to tailor curriculum and school culture, among other things, to best serve their students.

"While charter school teachers are free to unionize in many states, including Illinois, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools cautions that such efforts ... Show Full Article

L.A. Board President Comments on Trump's Rescinding Protections for Transgender Students
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 23 -- The Los Angeles Unified School District issued the following statement by Board President Steve Zimmer on President Trump's rescinding protections for transgender students:

"President Trump has issued another policy that strikes at the heart of our values and troubles our conscience.

"The reversal of an Obama administration order allowing transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that align with their identity is a vile regression of our nation's irreversible pathway toward loving, embracing and respecting every student's dignity.

"The Los Angeles Board ... Show Full Article

Choice Foundation Schools Opt to Transfer Oversight to Orleans Parish School Board, Ahead of 2018 Mandate
NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 23 -- The Orleans Parish School Board issued the following news:

On Tuesday the Choice Foundation Board of Directors voted to transfer oversight of two schools, Lafayette Academy and Esperanza Charter, to local control a year ahead of the legal mandate. The Orleans Parish School Board's oversight of both schools will begin in the 2017-18 school year.

"We are pleased that our board unanimously and enthusiastically voted to return to OPSB," said Choice Foundation Board President James Swanson. Swanson credited Dr. Henderson Lewis Jr., Orleans Parish School Board Superintendent, ... Show Full Article

Arlington Superintendent Presents Proposed Budget for 2017-18 School Year
ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 23 -- The Arlington Public Schools issued the following news release:

Today, Arlington Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy presented his proposal for the FY 2018 Arlington Public Schools (APS) budget to fund operations for the 2017-18 school year. The FY 2018 budget totals $617 million.

This year's budget process began with a projected deficit that ranged from $22 to $28 million, due to rising enrollment growth combined with a projected increase in the Virginia Retirement System contribution rate. During budget development, APS updated forecasts with the State and the County, ... Show Full Article