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October 2, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Round-up: Portland considers penalizing low-diversity schools, Denver history debacle up for vote

Denver history changes could face vote at Thursday meeting (AP): Protests and walk-outs over a changed history curriculum at a school district outside Denver could culminate in a vote at a school board meeting tonight. The Jefferson County school board voted Sept. 19 to form a committee to examine whether the district would change its Advanced Placement history curriculum to exclude material that would “encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law.”

Portland considers penalizing choice schools over lack of diversity (The Oregonian): An advisory committee tasked with balancing enrollment demographics at Portland’s neighborhood schools is examining how so-called focus option schools may be drawing more white children and contributing to lower enrollment at high-diversity schools. The group’s recommendations call for the school board to set diversity benchmarks for the choice schools and remove their focus programs if they fail to meet the targets.

State lawmakers hold work session on role of Supreme Court (The Bellingham Herald): Lawmakers in Olympia are meeting today to discuss whether the state Supreme Court has overstepped its role in the McCleary education funding case. It’s the first time the Senate’s Law and Justice Committee has held such a meeting since the court handed down its contempt ruling on Sept. 11.

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