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National lunch program dropped by Illinois district

Arlington Heights-based Township High School District 214, the state's second-largest high school district, has voted to drop out of the National School Lunch Program altogether, losing a related $900,000 federal subsidy.

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Screening high school athletes for heart conditions will save lives

The time has come for the federal and state governments and educators to realize that it is necessary to require students – especially high school athletes – to undergo ECG screening for heart irregularities. Let’s do everything we can to avoid losing any more children to sudden death.

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Nation's report card shows stagnant scores for reading, math

The National Assessment of Educational Progress released the latest national test scores. Seventy-four percent of students scored below the grade-appropriate level in math. In reading, just 38 percent of seniors scored at or above grade level and one-quarter are reading below grade level.

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New funding formula helps downstate Illinois schools more

Downstate school districts would see an overall gain in state funding under a sweeping proposal to change how Illinois funds its public schools. However, a majority of Chicago area districts would see fewer state dollars, according to a preliminary analysis by the Illinois State Board of Education.

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Michigan passes $13.7-billion school aid budget, hike in funding

Michigan's Senate and House have passed a $13.7 billion school budget increasing per-pupil funding in K12 schools. It would boost overall spending from $13.3 billion this year. The budget requires a new Michigan Educational Assessment Program for spring testing in the next two school years.

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More work needed to improve Washington's graduation rates

Boosting test scores and increasing graduation rates aren't the same as reducing the dropout rate. To do that, educators, legislators and citizens need to focus on how to do a better job of making all of Washington's schools places where low-income students and students of color feel respected, valued and expected to succeed.

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Adobe offers new storytelling app for iPad

Adobe Voice, a new animated video app for iPad from Adobe, enables users to create and share video stories by using a combination of recorded voice, imagery, music and motion graphics and effects. Adobe Voice is available for free from the Apple App Store and works with Adobe Creative Cloud.

SIIA Education Industry Summit 2014 to be streamed live

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is holding its Education Industry Summit this week. JDL Horizons, using its Internet streaming solution EduVision, will produce and stream three key sessions live through District Administration to a national audience on May 12 and 13.

Schools warned not to deny students over immigration status

The Obama administration issued a stern warning to U.S. state and local school districts not to deny enrollment to undocumented immigrant children.

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Illinois emergency agency grants school $25 million for safety projects

School districts in the Chicago and St. Louis suburbs would see major cuts to state aid while downstate schools would see gains under a proposal that would drastically overhaul Illinois' complicated school funding formula for the first time in almost two decades.

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