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7/7/2014

7/7/2014

Michelle Obama is fighting a House Republican effort to soften a central part of her prized anti-childhood obesity campaign and says she’s ready ‘‘to fight until the bitter end.’’

7/7/2014

Due to new federal regulations and snafus at the state level, as much as $28 million is owed to school districts, private and charter schools and intermediate units. Some local school districts are out six-figure sums.

7/7/2014

The federal government is now serving up a new way of providing free meals at schools with high concentrations of needy students that eliminates the tedious application process and removes the stigma some students may feel when going through the lunch line.

7/7/2014

A Los Angeles Unified School District move to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour has thrust the system into the forefront of a national movement and marks another political victory for a powerful labor group — and it's not the teachers union.

7/7/2014

The thousands of miles of wiring frantically being strung throughout America's schools this summer may look like everyday Internet cables. They're actually lifelines of high-speed learning. 

7/7/2014

A 100-page report released last week chronicles misspending and intimidating leadership at the Wyoming Department of Education and could lay the groundwork for state Superintendent Cindy Hill's removal from office.

7/3/2014

7/3/2014

A growing number of school districts are updating their tobacco policies to include a ban on e-cigarettes. The vapor products, which some say are safer to use than tobacco cigarettes, are not currently regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

7/3/2014

Toledo Smart Elementary is a new K2 charter school that will teach core subjects in Spanish and English. The school will serve Spanish-speaking students as well as any student seeking to pick up a dual language.

7/3/2014

Many Fond du Lac area school districts will receive an increase in general Wisconsin state aid for the upcoming school year. The Fond du Lac School District is set to get an estimated $42.8 million, up 6.3 percent from last year.

7/3/2014

It's time for the federal E-rate program that aids schools and libraries with telecommunication costs to catch up with the wireless, 1-to-1, texting, web-surfing generation, according to the E-rate modernization proposal the Federal Communications Commission released.

7/3/2014

Legislation that would enable Philadelphia to levy a $2-per-pack tax on cigarettes passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The Philadelphia School District had been waiting for the state to authorize a city cigarette tax in order to help close a $93 million budget gap.

7/3/2014

About three-quarters of the school committees across the state have decided if their students will continue to take the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Systems (MCAS) exam next year or will switch to the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers (PARCC). Of the districts which have decided, 57 percent will take the PARCC and 41 percent selected the MCAS

7/3/2014

Addressing a half-million-dollar shortfall from 2012-2013, Arizona's high school sports governing body has unveiled a series of fees that has surprised school administrators and, in some cases, drawn their ire.

7/2/2014

7/2/2014

All staff contracts became void when the north St. Louis County district in Missouri lapsed on June 30 at midnight. Of the 102 teachers who have been offered jobs in the new district, the majority are returning teachers — those with the best attendance records, the best performance evaluations, and those who were most effective in the classroom, state education officials have said.

7/2/2014

Jefferson Parish public school officials are poised to approve a contract for their first turn-around charter school. The School Board will consider giving the national Celerity Educational Group of Los Angeles a charter to run the chronically low-performing Woodmere Elementary in Harvey.

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