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School Districts Awarded ‘Mini-Grants’ to Address Students’ Urgent Needs

ASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced last week the 2013 recipients of the Helping Kids Program, a series of “mini-grants” designated to provide for immediate needs of children and their families.

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Utah schools need more counselors

Utah’s inadequate funding for public education shows up starkly in the number of counselors in junior highs and high schools. Eighty-eight schools do not even meet Utah’s rather low standard of one counselor for every 350 secondary-school students.

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Georgia schools at breaking point after years of cuts

Georgia’s 180 public school districts have not only managed to keep on going as state legislators and governors cut billions of dollars in public school funding since 2002, they’ve actually managed to raise student achievement scores. But many school systems are at a breaking point, say a growing chorus of administrators and parents.

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Officials in Boston seeking black teachers

A decline in the number of black teachers in Boston public schools has put the city in violation of a federal court order, prompting officials to step up efforts to recruit and retain teachers of color.

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When schools stay open on Martin Luther King Day

In some states, districts have abandoned plans to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and instead hold classes to make up for time lost during the recent record-setting spate of winter storms.

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Landlords for 2 proposed Chicago charter schools have ties to mayor

Two people with ties to Mayor Rahm Emanuel could be among those to benefit from new, publicly financed charter schools up for approval this week by Chicago Public Schools officials.

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Maryland schools need $100 million in technology upgrades for new testing

Maryland schools will be scrambling to make $100 million in technological and other upgrades to give new state tests aligned with the Common Core standards next year, according to a report to the legislature by the Maryland State Department of Education.

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Cash or credit? How kids pay for school lunch matters for health

Compared with kids who use cash in school cafeterias, kids who use debit cards seem to make more unhealthful eating choices, finds Brian Wansink, a behavioral economist at Cornell University.

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Houston ISD board votes to change four schools' mascots perceived as insensitive

Houston ISD officials have voted to ban several school mascots because some believe they're offensive. That decision will directly impact four different schools.

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