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Arizona to give schools $8.4M for safety

The Arizona Department of Education will disperse about $8.4 million for schools to pay for school-resource officers, security upgrades and emergency planning, after receiving approval Thursday from a legislative oversight committee.

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Signing of bill quickens possible state takeover of Kansas City schools

Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill that will give the state the chance to begin a possible takeover once the law takes effect Aug. 28.

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Ready access to Plan B pills in NYC schools

Through a patchwork of nurses’ offices and independent clinics operating in schools, students can now get free emergency contraceptives like Plan B One-Step in more than 50 high school buildings, generally in neighborhoods with high teenage pregnancy rates.

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Connecticut schools try to combat summer learning loss

Across Fairfield County and the state, schools are expanding summer programs to stem the learning loss students experience when they are away from the classroom for the long vacation.

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Childhood obesity: Hudson Valley (N.Y.) schools depend on snack sales to keep cafeterias solvent

Public schools sell sometimes-unhealthy snacks and fatty alternatives to balanced, government-regulated lunches for a simple reason: They earn hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to an exclusive Poughkeepsie Journal review of financial documents and menus and interviews with food service managers.

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Boston denies request for teacher ratings

The Boston School Department has refused to release overall ratings of teacher performance at individual schools, denying families access to potentially powerful information that could shed new light on the quality of instruction.

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Money for NYC charter schools balloons during Mayor Bloomberg's tenure

Charter school funding, set by the state, has risen from about $32 million to about $659 million over a decade as the mayor increased their number.

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A black education wake-up call

As if more evidence were needed about the tragedy of black education, Rachel Jeantel, a witness for the prosecution in the George Zimmerman murder trial, put a face on it for the nation to see.

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Madison Park school needs autonomy to succeed

Two-and-a-half years have passed since Boston Mayor Tom Menino promised, in a State of the City address, to make Madison Park Technical Vocational High School a model for the city and state. We have seen no such transformation.

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Ohio district hires Jerry Mowery as superintendent

Jerry Mowery is leaving one Ross County (Ohio) school superintendent post for another. The Huntington administrator confirmed that he’s accepted a verbal offer from the Zane Trace Board of Education to become the district’s next superintendent.

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