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New Massachusetts school tests need cost estimates

There are a lot of questions to be answered before school districts and the state can expect to effectively implement the new PARCC tests across the state. Until the Department of Education can firm up a cost estimate for these testing changes, lawmakers should indeed put this project on hold.

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Washington district no longer allowing kids to bring in birthday treats

Edmonds School District recently banned edible treats in classroom parties, limiting them to three classroom celebrations per year. The district cited unhealthy eating with the frequency of parties and parents' possible economic hardships as reasons, instead encouraging non-food treats and favors.

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Green light for lawsuit over safety of San Francisco school buses

California's Supreme Court has given the go-ahead to a lawsuit by two former San Francisco bus mechanics who accuse a transportation company of supplying the city with unsafe school buses.

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Alabama high school students are more likely to use tobacco, illegal drugs

Alabama high school students say they use tobacco products and a variety of illegal drugs at higher rates than the nationwide average, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control.

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New York City budget includes additional $23 Million for school arts

The Department of Education's budget for arts education is set to get a multi-million dollar boost, and that could help some schools rebuild their their programs after years of budget cuts.

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School Psychologist

Missouri law allowing transfers out of failing schools reversed

Hundreds of mostly poor minority students who used a controversial Missouri law to transfer out of failing schools will be sent back to their home districts next school year, following a battle in the legislature and several decisions by the department of education.

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STI expands offerings with several company acquisitions

In addition to raising a new round of funding, STI has acquired a series of companies. The recent acquisitions include Chalkable, a grade book and educational content platform; Learning Earnings, an online behavior and performance incentive program; and Spiral Universe, a next generation SIS for the private school market.

No tax hike for S.C. county's $1 billion school construction work

Greenville County Schools will be able to make its payments on its $1 billion BEST construction program, finish a new middle school construction and maintain its nearly 100 schools for the coming year without a tax increase. The school board approved issuing up to $99.5 million in general obligation bonds to take care of its facilities needs.

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Cleveland approves $200 million school construction plan

The Cleveland school board will back a $200 million extension of the city's 13-year school construction plan that would overhaul 20 existing schools or replace them with new buildings, as well as repair and update 23 others.

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