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Shady company scams schools in 26 states

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning school districts across the country to be on the lookout for fake invoices for educational supplies. In just the last few weeks, the BBB has received more than 3,300 inquiries and nearly 100 complaints from schools in 26 states.

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Missouri lawmakers pass legislation to allow more guns in schools

A new Missouri law will allow specially trained school employees to carry concealed guns on campuses. It allows anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry guns openly, even in cities or towns with bans against the open carrying of firearms. In addition, the age to obtain a concealed weapons permit will drop from 21 to 19.

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48 Michigan school districts, charters in deficit

Forty-eight Michigan school districts and public school academies are operating in the red, according to a quarterly report from the state's department of education. The report gave a mixed picture of schools’ financial health: While ten districts were projected to climb into the black by the end of the last school year, 12 others that began fiscal year 2014 with a surplus had fallen into deficit by June 30.

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Orleans Parish board passes school budget days before deadline

The Orleans Parish School Board passed a $345 million budget for the 2014-2015 school year, just five days before the state deadline. The school board, which runs six of the city's 83 schools and oversees 14 charters, controls very little of that money. The largest share of the revenues, $138 million, goes straight through to the Recovery School District and state-authorized charter schools.

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InfoSnap partners with Software Answers on enhanced online student registration

InfoSnap, Inc. inked a strategic partnership with Software Answers, Inc. to develop a web-based classroom and student management solution, the ProgressBook Suite. This collaboration will offer customers a customized integration between InfoSnap online enrollment and registration and ProgressBook Suite.

Homelessness among California school children doubled in recent years

Nearly 270,000 California public school students were homeless at some point during the last school year, according to a California Homeless Youth Project study. The new report shows homelessness among school children has grown from 4 to 8 percent of all students enrolled at public schools since the 2010-2011 school year.

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A union call to scale back school testing

While standardized tests have long been a part of public education, until recently, they’ve never been mistaken for its point and purpose. These tests are not meant to help teachers monitor student progress and tailor lessons. Instead, standardized tests are increasingly used as the single measure by which we judge the success of a school, staff quality and the learning of its students.

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New partnership between intelliVOL and AdmitHub

As part of a new agreement between x2VOL by intelliVOL and AdmitHub, students will be able to manage and track the hours they give to community service. This new partnership with AdmitHub will explore several options for x2VOL users to benefit from AdmitHub’s college admissions support.

Discovery Education partners to launch program to fight childhood obesity

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and Discovery Education are launching the Together Counts program. The program is a comprehensive initiative designed to positively impact students to live active and healthy lives, and to understand key concepts of balancing food intake with exercise for energy balance.

Upper Merion Area School District faces $92.2 million in building renovation costs

Cost projections totaling $92.2 million for renovations needed across all of the buildings were presented to the Pennsylvania district's board. The majority of renovations come from repairs and replacements in the district's two oldest school buildings.

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