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Union wins $15 minimum wage for L.A. schools' service workers

A Los Angeles Unified School District move to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour has thrust the system into the forefront of a national movement and marks another political victory for a powerful labor group — and it's not the teachers union.

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Florida districts differ on offering free meals to all at low-income schools

The federal government is now serving up a new way of providing free meals at schools with high concentrations of needy students that eliminates the tedious application process and removes the stigma some students may feel when going through the lunch line.

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Pennsylvania schools wait on millions in Medicaid funding from state

Due to new federal regulations and snafus at the state level, as much as $28 million is owed to school districts, private and charter schools and intermediate units. Some local school districts are out six-figure sums.

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Michelle Obama fights GOP on school lunch rules

Michelle Obama is fighting a House Republican effort to soften a central part of her prized anti-childhood obesity campaign and says she’s ready ‘‘to fight until the bitter end.’’

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Buffalo Board of Education hopes to increase seats at top-performing schools

The new Buffalo Board of Education majority intends to start dramatically overhauling the city’s schools when it meets Wednesday, proposing significant changes such as increasing the number of charter schools and lobbying for more state intervention in the school system.

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Connected Bus solution offered by AT&T and Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

AT&T and Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise have teamed up to make the school bus a classroom on wheels. Connected Bus supports various technology-in-education initiatives in the U.S. by using wireless technology, AT&T's 4G LTE network and devices to increase students' access to information, instruction and teachers.

Why ethnic studies programs are good for California, and America

In a state where minorities are the majority, a dynamic understanding of ethnicity isn't a luxury or a diversion but a necessity. Such courses would help high school students to grapple with the complex history of oppression and achievement in a truthful — and even liberating — fashion.

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Student privacy should be a priority

Debates about the relationship between privacy and personal liberty have come to a head in the past year, with legitimate arguments being made by folks from across the political spectrum. But when it comes to school children, some things should be non-negotiable. Student privacy should be protected, and companies should not be raiding kids' records to make a buck.

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Arizona Interscholastic Association raises fees to reduce shortfall

Addressing a half-million-dollar shortfall from 2012-2013, Arizona's high school sports governing body has unveiled a series of fees that has surprised school administrators and, in some cases, drawn their ire.

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More Massachusetts districts select PARCC over MCAS for next year

About three-quarters of the school committees across the state have decided if their students will continue to take the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Systems (MCAS) exam next year or will switch to the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers (PARCC). Of the districts which have decided, 57 percent will take the PARCC and 41 percent selected the MCAS

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