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Funding gaps still problem for schools

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to take up a lawsuit that says Alabama's caps on property taxes are racially discriminatory may appear to give state leaders a reprieve on rapid reforms to ensure public schools in impoverished areas are adequately funded. But they better not wait long or they could risk facing civil rights complaints and federal monitoring under new guidelines aimed at ridding schools of racial inequities.

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Calif. school, government settle transgender complaint

A Southern California school district has settled a government claim that it discriminated against a transgender student who said she was forbidden to wear makeup, was harassed by other children and was encouraged to change schools. The Downey USD agreed to give the teenager access to the same facilities and activities as other female students

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InfoSnap integrates with customized version of PowerSchool

InfoSnap was chosen to design a customized online registration solution for Mooresville Graded School District that met its unique business process and statewide PowerSchool requirements.

First Book adds school supplies to its offferings

The nonprofit First Book is expanding its free and low-cost new books offerings to include school supplies, educational board games, teacher resources and web-based programs.

Philadelphia charter school to hold a lottery to slash enrollment

The Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School will hold a lottery this week to cut its student enrollment nearly in half. The action came the same day that the Philadelphia School District opened proceedings to revoke the school's charter. The K12 charter has been operating with 1,290 students on its campuses though it is not allowed to enroll more than 675 students.

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Second virtual school in Maine one step closer to opening

The Maine Charter School Commission voted to move the Maine Virtual Academy one step closer to opening in Maine with a more in-depth review of its application. It would be the second virtual charter school in Maine. Maine Connections Academy opened this fall.

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Indiana Board of Education delays A-F release over data questions

Indiana schools will not receive their "A-F" school grades for at least another three weeks. The State Board of Education voted to delay their release because of problems with how International Baccalaureate scores were recorded for a small number of schools.

SunGard K-12 Education releases web form productivity pack

A new collection of six web forms for its BusinessPLUS financial and human resources management software is being released by SunGard K-12 Education. The BusinessPLUS Web Form Productivity Pack is designed to help boost efficiency of a school district’s business operations and support employees with managing travel, expenses and vacation time.

SPARK teams up with ICAN Foundation to combat childhood obesity

SPARK and ICAN Foundation will work together to help Illinois, Louisiana and Mississippi schools and community centers raise funds or apply for and win grants in order to implement SPARK’s physical education curricula or after-school program.

Providence officials define role of school police resource officers

Police and school leaders signed a memorandum of understanding that governs the relationship of the schools with the Providence Police Student Resources officers and gives principals the final say over school discipline.

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