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9/12/2014

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

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

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

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.

9/12/2014

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.

9/11/2014

9/11/2014

A Charlotte elementary school is trying something new to break the cycle of poverty by creating a "micro society" at a cost of $40,000. The micro society is meant to teach the students about a society-based enterprise system. All K5 students will take part, creating a government first and then school-wide businesses where each child will have a job.

9/11/2014

Gillespie School District won its case against Union Pacific Railroad Company and has been awarded more than $9.8 million. The district sued on behalf of an elementary school, which was condemned by the Illinois State Department of Education after a mine subsidence caused major structural damage.

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.

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

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.

9/10/2014

9/10/2014

Palm Beach County approved a $20 million financing deal for a new charter school, despite some commissioners' concerns that charter school companies siphon money away from other public schools.

9/10/2014

Several Philadelphia parents and the Parents United for Public Education group are suing over the conditions of Philadelphia’s public schools. The allegations include overcrowded classrooms, the lack of classes such as art, music, foreign language and physical education and cancelled programs for the mentally gifted.

9/10/2014

Gov. Jay Nixon has blocked the bill that the Missouri Legislature passed earlier this year to arm some teachers in schools, but it may become law anyway. Kansas City Mayor Sly James and Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Green called for Missouri lawmakers to uphold Nixon's veto when they meet for the fall veto session.

9/10/2014

Salem City Schools is the fifth district in the state that's outsourced all its cafeteria operations. School districts across the country are all required to meet new stringent guidelines. Salem school leaders decided to get outside help to make meeting those requirements a little easier.

9/10/2014

Sidewalks and paths used by elementary and middle school students across Maryland will be upgraded with $3.4 million in federal grant funding. Grants under the program, which are awarded to local jurisdictions annually, are aimed at improving safety for young students who walk or bike to school.

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