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Utah schools get two report cards

Utah’s public schools were hit with two performance reports with the new PACE report card and the SAGE school grading system. This year’s results largely mirror last year's grade distribution. Education officials and lawmakers agreed to mitigate the effects of the new SAGE test, which is more difficult and resulted in most students falling short of grade-level expectations.

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New Pennsylvania law expands school clearance requirements

A new state child protective services law will take effect in the beginning of the year. The law, among other things, expands background checks for school volunteers and requires school employees, independent school contractors and volunteers in direct contact with children to update clearances every 36 months.

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How Congress’ spending bill will keep school lunches salty

Though the healthy school food program remains intact, the 2015 spending bill includes language that curbs any further reduction of sodium in school lunches. Next year, the Hunger-Free Healthy Kids Act will need to be reauthorized, providing an opportunity for the implementation of more stringent rollbacks.

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Nassau shuts down controversial school zone speed cameras

Nassau County legislators are putting the brakes on school zone speed cameras after only a few months. The program has been under fire for the way it was implemented with no speed signs, flashing lights or other warnings installed where the cameras were. Problems were also found with cameras installed at six school locations.

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Detroit announces reduction in school crime

The Detroit Public School system reported that crime-related incidents were down 24.7 percent on school campuses as compared to the first three months of school in 2013. According to data compiled by the DPS Police Department on the district’s schools and buildings, reported incidents dropped from 456 to 343.

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Philly School District expects more high school applications with new online process

For the first time, Philadelphia's high school selection application — used by about 60 percent of district students to apply to up to five schools outside their neighborhoods — is entirely online.

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Blended courses becoming norm in central Wisconsin schools

Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids offers students a chance to take a blended course — a hybrid personal finance class with 32 students enrolled — but the district plans to bring more options in the future.

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Miss. schools funding, test scores linked

Forbes magazine recently cited the state's low ranking on college and high school attainment rates in placing Mississippi in last place for the very first time in its "Best and Worst States for Business 2014."

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Enrollment shortfall could cost Wake County schools millions in NC funding

The state redistributes funds from districts that had fewer students than expected to those that had more children than anticipated. But Wake school officials have downplayed the potential impact of the funding reduction, saying they can absorb the loss of the money they had originally budgeted

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STEM: Pa. school districts work to start initiatives

For some local freshmen, the pathway to a future career in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — might have started with the challenge of walking barefoot over eight dozen eggs without cracking a shell.

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