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9/12/2014

9/12/2014

A new Missouri law will allow specially trained school employees to carry concealed guns on campuses. It allows anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry guns openly, even in cities or towns with bans against the open carrying of firearms. In addition, the age to obtain a concealed weapons permit will drop from 21 to 19.

9/12/2014

Nearly 270,000 California public school students were homeless at some point during the last school year, according to a California Homeless Youth Project study. The new report shows homelessness among school children has grown from 4 to 8 percent of all students enrolled at public schools since the 2010-2011 school year.

9/12/2014

Forty-eight Michigan school districts and public school academies are operating in the red, according to a quarterly report from the state's department of education. The report gave a mixed picture of schools’ financial health: While ten districts were projected to climb into the black by the end of the last school year, 12 others that began fiscal year 2014 with a surplus had fallen into deficit by June 30.

9/12/2014

The Orleans Parish School Board passed a $345 million budget for the 2014-2015 school year, just five days before the state deadline. The school board, which runs six of the city's 83 schools and oversees 14 charters, controls very little of that money. The largest share of the revenues, $138 million, goes straight through to the Recovery School District and state-authorized charter schools.

9/12/2014

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning school districts across the country to be on the lookout for fake invoices for educational supplies. In just the last few weeks, the BBB has received more than 3,300 inquiries and nearly 100 complaints from schools in 26 states.

9/12/2014

InfoSnap, Inc. inked a strategic partnership with Software Answers, Inc. to develop a web-based classroom and student management solution, the ProgressBook Suite. This collaboration will offer customers a customized integration between InfoSnap online enrollment and registration and ProgressBook Suite.

9/12/2014

Gov. Nathan Deal asked lawmakers to study a plan for a statewide school district that could significantly increase the number of charter schools in Georgia. The governor asked legislators to consider a systemm that gives the state more powers to take over struggling schools and convert them to charters.

9/12/2014

The Assembly Education Committee voted to advance legislation that would require middle and high school principals to set up advisory committees. Comprised of students and staff, the committees would recommend school breakfast and lunch dishes that would accommodate students’ dietary restrictions or better reflect an ethnic group that has many students in the school.

9/11/2014

9/11/2014

According to a new set of studies, teenagers who smoke pot daily are 60 percent less likely than non-users to finish high school. The studies of adolescent cannabis use also show that daily users under age 17 were seven times more likely to attempt suicide and eight times more likely to use illegal drugs at some point in their lives.

9/11/2014

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and Discovery Education are launching the Together Counts program. The program is a comprehensive initiative designed to positively impact students to live active and healthy lives, and to understand key concepts of balancing food intake with exercise for energy balance.

9/11/2014

Cost projections totaling $92.2 million for renovations needed across all of the buildings were presented to the Pennsylvania district's board. The majority of renovations come from repairs and replacements in the district's two oldest school buildings.

9/11/2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Education approved nearly $2.2 million in funding for five elementary schools in the York area as part of a funding rollout to schools across the state. The department in May identified 200 school construction projects across the state waiting for reimbursement.

9/11/2014

City schools police have obtained their own military-grade mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle through a federal grant. The armored mobile will be converted into a victim rescue vehicle that will be stocked with advanced medical supplies and be able to take heavy fire in case of an attack on campus.

9/11/2014

Voters of the Corwith-Wesley school in northern Iowa voted to close the district. The dissolution plan divides the remaining school property to nearby districts once the district shutters at the end of this school year. In the last decade, 29 Iowa school districts have been shuttered.

9/11/2014

A complaint filed years ago with the New Jersey Attorney General's Office alleging discrimination, harassment, and intimidation in the Franklin Township district against a young girl has been settled. The district will pay $75,000 to the girl's family and allocate money to an anti-bullying awareness program. The school board also must make sure employees are properly trained to address bullying complaints.

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