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Pa. lawmakers urged to revise school construction funding process

Amid a $1.7 billion backlog in funding, school officials and building industry representatives are asking lawmakers to overhaul the way Pennsylvania pays for public school construction. The state’s Planning and Construction Workbook is an 11-step process for local districts to get reimbursed by the state for renovations and new building.

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Listen Edition announces free Edmodo app with public radio

Listen Edition has launched a free current events app for Edmodo. The app provides a teachable public radio news story everyday for teachers to utilize in their Edmodo classrooms.

Ohio construction bill points $675 million to schools

A $2.4 billion state construction budget that funds an array of community, school and park projects has cleared the Ohio Legislature. The proposal directs $675 million toward primary and secondary schools.

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New York district votes to close two elementary schools

After nearly two years of trying to plot the best course of action, the Kenmore-Tonawanda Union Free School District's board voted to close two elementary schools and merge the middle school into the high school. The district will sell the two elementary buildings with the remaining elementary schools housing pre-K through four.

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Sauk Prairie, Wis., passes $34+ million school referendum

District voters approved a $34.6 million dollar building referendum that will include the $18.4 million construction of a new elementary school building. Only a short time ago, the district's board was actually considering drastic cuts to make up for a $2 million shortfall.

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Florida bill to allow guns in schools passes subcommittee

The Florida House's Justice Appropriations Subcommittee approved a bill that would allow local school boards or principals to designate employees—typically former or current law enforcement officers—to carry guns on campus. If passed, HB 753 would require trained officials to complete 40 hours of school safety training.

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North Carolina's public school crime and violence down

In the 2012-2013 school year, the total number of North Carolina's reportable acts of school crime and violence, suspensions and the use of corporal punishment continue their downward trend. According to the 2012-2013 Consolidated Data Report presented to State Board of Education, expulsions did increase.

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Los Angeles system seeking solutions to reduce food waste at schools

In Los Angeles Unified, the nation's second-largest school system, students throw out at least $100,000 worth of food a day, amounting to over $18 million a year. The district is exploring different options to reduce the food piling up in school trash cans.

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Maryland passes bill requiring prevailing wage for school projects

Maryland's General Assembly has passed a bill that could raise costs for school construction. The measure would require all school construction projects that get at least 25 percent of their money from the state to pay workers the prevailing wage.

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Squelching school fights

A range of new policies and training techniques are changing the way schools try to prevent or respond to fighting. Several schools are now spelling out the steps teachers need to take when a fight breaks out.