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School lunch debate: What's at stake?

GOP leaders and the School Nutrition Association say the upcoming food requirements are unworkable, placing an undue burden on schools. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack claims that, overall, school food revenues around the country are up by about $200 million dollars since the changes took effect. His advice for schools that are struggling: instead of asking to opt-out, ask for help.

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Students win, tenure loses

A judge in California just sent shock waves across America's public education system, declaring tenure laws unconstitutional. The message is loud and clear: Students, we've got your back. This judge acknowledges how powerful teachers are and describes the power they truly have to make a difference.

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Loophole allows Pennsylvania school districts to raise property taxes

One in three school districts is raising property taxes without the consent of residents by using a loophole in a Pennsylvania law meant to relieve the burden of rising education costs. If districts need to go above a cap set by the state Department of Education, the increase is supposed to be put before voters. However, a state program exists through which districts can receive voter referendum exceptions.

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New Orleans closes last traditional school, shifts to all-charter

After Hurricane Katrina's devastation in 2005, Louisiana embraced a radical vision for New Orleans education, leaning ever more heavily toward charter schools. That shift culminates this month as the last of Louisiana city's traditional schools close. New Orleans is now an all-charter school city.

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Students to eat free at 24 North Carolina schools

Students at two dozen Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will eat free next year, regardless of family income. The schools, among the district’s poorest, will serve breakfast and lunch to all students for free starting in the fall under a new program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Community Eligibility Provision is an amendment to the National School Lunch program.

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Texas district sues artificial turf firm for more than $1 million

Arlington's school district is suing FieldTurf USA, the company that invented grasslike artificial turf, for more than $1 million for artificial turf installed on two high school fields in 2007. The lawsuit states that the outdoor artificial turf fields “proved to be defective and failed” as early as 2010.

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Pennsylvania legislation signed to develop new school funding formula

The state is gearing up to overhaul its education spending under a measure Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law. The Basic Education Funding Commission will study a new way for distributing new state funding to school districts. It is expected to come up with a recommendation next year.

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State fiscal monitor assigned to investigate New York district's financials

The state Education Department will install a fiscal monitor for the troubled East Ramapo school district. District officials have been accused of giving short shrift to the interests of public school children, and many residents have alleged that the school board steers taxpayer money toward the private religious schools.

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Gates Foundation calls for delay of teacher evaluations

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has spent more than $200 million supporting the Common Core academic standards, is pushing for a 2-year delay in using test results associated with the new guidelines to evaluate teachers.

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Court panel sides with Kansas Legislature on school funding equity

A panel ruled that the Kansas Legislature satisfied the demands of a recent Supreme Court ruling to equalize education funding between rich and poor school districts. The judges said the additional $129 million that lawmakers added for equalization of capital outlay and local option budgets was sufficient to meet the standards.

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