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Expansion of Farm to School program pushes Oregon districts to buy local

Starting this fall, all schools that participate in a federal school lunch program will receive extra funds to offer local food to students. About $4.5 million was provided by the legislature for Farm to School and School Garden programs for the 2015-17 biennium, up from the $1.2 million funded last budget cycle.

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New Hawaii law expands school care options for students with diabetes

Hawaii Department of Education employees may now volunteer to be trained to provide medical assistance to students with diabetes. The law also allows students to carry supplies with them to school campuses and to school-related activities.

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Gay social studies class a first at public San Francisco high school

A new college preparatory course at a San Francisco high school will focus on the gay rights movement, the AIDS crisis, the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists, and historic events such as the Stonewall Riot and the legalization of same-sex marriage.

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Decline of back-to-school spending reflects new consumer habits

As consumers increasingly stock up on back-to-school essentials throughout the year, and simultaneously shift their view as to what constitutes a school item in the first place, a new study has found that parents of K12 children plan to spend $434 on back-to-school items this year — a 20 percent decline.

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School districts in Ohio cutting librarians

In the past 10 years, the number of librarians, or full-time equivalents, in Ohio public schools has dropped by 43 percent, from 1,628 in the 2004-05 school year to 923 in the 2013-14 year, according to the Ohio Department of Education.

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Story2 launches enhanced online college essay toolkit

The enhanced version of Story2's EssayBuilder product line will expand students’ ability to plan and complete admission, scholarship and honors program essays. The new College Essay Planner enables students to research colleges, and find the prompts and deadlines for the additional essays those colleges require.

Central Berkshire schools tap assistant as next superintendent

Laurie Casna, who has served as assistant superintendent for the past year for the Massachusetts district, will replace retiring Superintendent Robert Putnam. The Central Berkshire Regional School District will consolidate the assistant superintendent position she is vacating with its business administrator position.

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Arizona facing shortage of superintendents

In the upcoming school year, 47 of the state’s 225 public school districts will have new superintendents. For many of them it will be their first time on the job. This year’s superintendent turnover rate is the highest in five years.

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Massachusetts tech school selects superintendent

The Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational -Technical School Committee voted for Timothy Broadrick to replace retiring Superintendent Charlie Lyons. Broadrick will move from his current role as director of technical programs to the superintendent’s office.

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Audit: N.C. schools misspent Medicaid dollars

The Public Schools of Robeson County unknowingly misspent about $3 million in Medicaid reimbursements intended for students with disabilities. The report suggests that other districts in the state failed to spend the money properly because of misinformation provided by the state’s Department of Public Instruction regarding how it should be used.

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