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Five districts choose zSpace STEM labs

zSpace, Inc. has signed deals with five new districts for its zSpace 200 immersive learning software. The districts include Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District and Rochester City School District in New York, Ross School District in California, Houston Independent School District in Texas and Woodside Elementary School District in California.

Discovery Education expands agreement with Missouri district

Poplar Bluff Public Schools and Discovery Education expanded their partnership to bring Discovery Education’s digital social studies and science textbooks to the district's junior and high school classrooms.

Kansas City mayor, superintendent ask lawmakers to uphold gun veto

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.

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Parents support strong school food standards, study finds

A majority of parents said they support government school nutrition standards in place, according to a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association. The study found 72 percent of parents of school-age children supported strong school nutrition standards while 75 percent think salt should be limited.

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Maryland identifies $3.4 million to improve kids' routes to school

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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If only American kids could eat school lunches like they do in France

The standard school lunch for an American child often contains dishes brimming with preservatives and sodium. But for students in France, lunch menus are prepared two months in advance with a nutritionist while cooks prepare the school meals by hand. Another big contribution to French students' healthy disposition is more daily recess.

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Exercise before school may reduce ADHD symptoms in kids

A new study from Michigan State University and University of Vermont researchers shows that offering daily before-school, aerobic activities to younger at-risk children could help in reducing the symptoms of ADHD in the classroom and at home. Signs can include inattentiveness, moodiness and difficulty getting along with others.

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Salem City one of the first in Virginia to outsource school lunch

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.

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Florida county approves up to $20 million for new charter school

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.

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Parents sue over Philadelphia school conditions

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.

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