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USDA allocates $5.5M to help schools serve healthier lunches

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving schools $5.5 million in training grants, which will be used to help educators comply with a rule finalized last week that requires all personnel in school nutrition programs to complete annual training.

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It's been a good week for Philadelphia schools

For the last two winters and springs, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. has grappled with Philadelphia School District budget holes in the hundreds of millions. But things changed last week with revenue proposals from Pennsylvania's governor and the city's mayor. 

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Man who carried gun into Michigan elementary school sues

The father of an elementary school student has filed a lawsuit claiming the district violated his right to openly carry a firearm into his daughter's school. The man claims he was denied access multiple times while attempting to pick up his daughter because he was open carrying a pistol.

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Traffic safety around New Orleans schools is failing, City Council told

Transportation for students to New Orleans' public schools is in an abysmal state, plagued by skyrocketing costs and placing bus-riding schoolchildren in harm's way, according the latest findings of a working group established to study the issue.

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Schools on U.S. military bases are adopting Common Core — but don’t call it that

To ensure a smoother transition when students switch schools, the Department of Defense education system plans to spend the next three to five years phasing in the Common Core. But it is also reviewing a study that could recommend drastic changes for its 60 campuses in the continental U.S.

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Latest Ohio schools funding formula questioned

A mix of unusually volatile property values and shifting school-funding formulas over the past decade has detached school funding from reality in Ohio, a veteran researcher says.

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Nebraska unveils system to classify schools' performance

Nebraska Department of Education officials have unveiled a system to classify each school at one of four levels—from “excellent” to “needing improvement”—based on test scores, how much struggling students improve and graduation rates.

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At the Capitol, tide turns against education law born in Texas

Congress is grappling with whether to overhaul or even repeal the 14-year-old law, creating uncertainty in the states about compliance. Federal officials, meanwhile, are considering whether to sanction Texas for failing to comply with federal rules on teacher evaluations.

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GOP 2016 hopefuls face an education paradox

Education is where Republicans can demonstrate that they’re serious about making sure opportunity extends to every American. The presidential candidates need to emphasize successful education reforms while explaining how little Washington has to do with them.

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