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Indiana districts upgrade security with grant assistance

More than $9 million in grant funding will be spread across 250 schools and districts in Indiana through the Secured School Safety Grant Program. Recipients will receive up to $50,000 to help maintain or upgrade the schools' security.

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Illinois bill signed requiring high schools to teach CPR

A bill requiring Illinois high school students to get trained on how to operate mobile defibrillators and to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation was signed by Gov. Pat Quinn. The measure requires that all secondary schools in Illinois train students on how to properly administer CPR and how to use a defibrillator. The law will be effective for the 2014-2015 school year.

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Cell phone use, texting to be banned in Louisiana school zones

Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a bill into law that prohibits most use of electronic devices like smartphones in school zones during designated hours. The school zones must have visible signs that indicate the use of handheld phone is banned during certain times, and the prohibition does not apply to the use of a hands-free wireless device or various types of radios.

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School salad bars increase meal participation, study finds

More kids eat school meals when salad bars are added, according to an evaluation by the “Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools” program that provides free salad bars to schools. The evaluation found that 57 percent of schools reported an increase in meal participation while 27 percent of schools reported an increase in labor hours after the addition of the salad bars.

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Inspections show nearly 20 percent of buses in Missouri are not safe

The latest school bus inspections by the Missouri State Highway Patrol show nearly one-fifth of Missouri's buses are not safe. Of the nearly 12,000 buses inspected by troopers, 405 buses failed inspections for various reasons, including bad brakes and tires, exhaust problems and even signaling defects.

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Hawaii releases $87 million for school facilities

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has approved capital improvement projects at Hawaii's public schools totaling $87.1 million. The money will go toward repair and maintenance, classroom cooling and campus portables, among other projects. More than $36 million of the funding will be used to repair and upgrade school facilities.

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In New York City preK expansion, fewer than half of students get top choice

Nearly all of the 26,411 preK seats in either full- or half-day programs have have been matched with applicants. However, parents may discover their children were matched with their fifth or even their 12th choice. About one-third of children who applied were not matched at all. Compared with last year, 35 percent more families have applied.​

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Survey paints bleak picture of Pennsylvania school funding

A survey on the financial health of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts found that one in seven planned to furlough teachers next year — on top of 23,000 teachers and staff already furloughed between 2010 and 2012. Many districts also planned to cut academic programs and extracurricular programs, including sports.

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Utah architect designing dome schools that keep kids healthy, safe

Located in Oklahoma's "Tornado Alley," Locust Grove's new schools incorporate the increasingly popular alternative of topping schools with thin-shell concrete domes for better safety and temperature control. In addition to costing much less than the traditional price of school construction, the use of air-form technology cuts building costs.

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Oklahoma school shelter advocates launch new petition

The Take Shelter Oklahoma organization that supports building storm shelters in every Oklahoma public school plans to launch a new initiative petition drive to get the measure on the ballot. The effort comes a little more than a year after a massive tornado destroyed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, killing seven students.

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