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Governor’s Schools enhance Pennsylvania’s agricultural strength

The School for the Agricultural Sciences is the newest addition to the Pennsylvania Governor’s School of Excellence, a program that exposes high school students to a variety of STEM fields. It will be a month-long program where students will learn about agriculture and natural resources.

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$665 million Jersey City budget approved with 1.5 percent tax hike

The New Jersey district passed a $665 million budget for the 2014-2015 school year that will result in a 1.5 percent increase in the tax levy. The tax hike was due to a combination of rising costs in the district and state funding that remained relatively flat.

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Armed resource officers part of security upgrade in Spokane, Wash.

Security upgrades in Spokane Public Schools' system call for resource officers to also become police department reserve officers to receive training in case law, patrol procedures, crisis intervention and firearms. The district and police department have drafted a three-year agreement and hope to finalize it in June.

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Duane Coleman as new head of Oceanside, Calif. schools

The Oceanside Unified School District has selected Duane Coleman, the associate superintendent of educational services, to succeed retiring Superintendent Larry Perondi as of July 1.

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Chicago's school closing process last year declared a success

Following the city's large school closing process last year, a district analysis of the Chicago schools consolidated with the closed 47 elementary schools showed that incidents of misconduct were down in schools that took in children from closed schools and grade point averages had risen.

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Massachusetts adopts new charter cap proposal

Lawmakers resurrected a bill that would allow more charter schools in underperforming districts but did not address reimbursement increases to traditional public schools.

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Wisconsin district will vote on scaled-back behavior plan

The Madison School Board is weighing whether to implement a new student discipline policy across the district next school year or to try it out as a pilot program first for a year in 11 schools with higher numbers of reported behavioral problems.

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Guns in school parking lots bill signed in Indiana

The governor signed into law a measure to allow adults to keep guns locked in their vehicles in school parking lots. Current Indiana law can make it a felony for legal gun permit holders to even inadvertently have their guns in their vehicles while they drop off their children at school.

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Bilingual storybook app for iPad released by VL2

The Gallaudet University National Science Foundation-funded Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) released its second bilingual storybook app for the iPad, The Boy Who Cried Wolf. The app is designed to facilitate language acquisition and reading in young children.

Senate panel approves Tennessee school voucher plan

A Tennessee bill that would issue vouchers for private school tuition to up to 5,000 low-income students this fall and to as many as 20,000 students in 2017 passed through the Senate Education Committee.

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