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Kentucky high court hears case about school liability in suicides

This week, the Kentucky Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether schools can be held liable for failing to stem bullying that causes a student's suicide. The teachers and administrators have prevailed in two lower courts, but the Supreme Court will decide whether to reinstate the lawsuit in a case that could have major consequences with the prevalence of bullying.

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Improving school lunches with chefs

With so many children getting about half of their daily calories from school meals, it’s critical that school cafeterias provide healthier options. The latest research suggests one way to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables is for schools to develop menus with chefs.

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The role of parents in improving school diversity

Public-education systems struggle with a lack of racial and economic diversity. In many cities, the choice of a school is an individual family’s decision that can become entangled with the future health of the school system itself. We are likely to see more equality in these systems when more families are willing to elect to send their kids to schools dominated by lower-class minority populations.

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Chicago schools' debt rating drops again, could trigger millions in penalties

A second major bond rating agency has downgraded Chicago Public Schools' debt, a move that could cost the district as much as $228 million. The move aggravates the already considerable financial problems at the district, which is projecting a $1.14 billion budget deficit next year.

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Feeling alone as the opportunity gap widens for kids

As Americans, historically we’ve wanted public schools to create a level playing field. Schools must be part of the solution. We shouldn’t blame teachers or districts. They’re just dealing with what they’ve been given. Districts don’t decide their own boundaries, but saying that doesn’t absolve us from how schools can help.

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SchoolInfoApp introduces new school and district mobile app features

Mobile apps by SchoolInfoApp now allow students to securely display their official school ID on their iPhone, Android or other smartphone with scannable barcodes and pertinent information. Another new feature allows teachers to issue digital hall passes to help with schools' out-of-class management policies and procedures.

Maryland county expands partnership with Discovery Education

Carroll County Public Schools will bring Discovery Education’s new digital math textbook to its middle and high school classrooms districtwide. Math Techbook features Common Core and state standards-aligned math content, interactives, videos, digital tools and game activities.

Vacant schools test Iowa

The prevalence of vacant school buildings across Iowa's landscapes has placed dozens of communities at a crossroads.

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Congress fails in providing innovation to America's public schools

As Congress debates the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA, a bill whose purpose is to fulfill this country's obligation to provide all students with a high-quality education, virtually no attention is being paid to the role that the federal government has played in helping many schools make dramatic progress.

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Minneapolis Public Schools to lay off more than 100 administrative staffers

Minneapolis Public Schools will announce about 120 layoffs of administrative personnel this week, a move to relocate funding directly back into schools where officials say it has a greater impact on students.

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