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York County schools receive construction funding

The Pennsylvania Department of Education approved nearly $2.2 million in funding for five elementary schools in the York area as part of a funding rollout to schools across the state. The department in May identified 200 school construction projects across the state waiting for reimbursement.

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Iowa voters agree to close another school district

Voters of the Corwith-Wesley school in northern Iowa voted to close the district. The dissolution plan divides the remaining school property to nearby districts once the district shutters at the end of this school year. In the last decade, 29 Iowa school districts have been shuttered.

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Weed-smoking teens 60 percent less likely to finish high school, study says

According to a new set of studies, teenagers who smoke pot daily are 60 percent less likely than non-users to finish high school. The studies of adolescent cannabis use also show that daily users under age 17 were seven times more likely to attempt suicide and eight times more likely to use illegal drugs at some point in their lives.

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After years-long racial bullying saga, New Jersey district pays to settle

A complaint filed years ago with the New Jersey Attorney General's Office alleging discrimination, harassment, and intimidation in the Franklin Township district against a young girl has been settled. The district will pay $75,000 to the girl's family and allocate money to an anti-bullying awareness program. The school board also must make sure employees are properly trained to address bullying complaints.

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Illinois school district wins $9.8 million settlement

Gillespie School District won its case against Union Pacific Railroad Company and has been awarded more than $9.8 million. The district sued on behalf of an elementary school, which was condemned by the Illinois State Department of Education after a mine subsidence caused major structural damage.

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Impoverished N.C. school tries new program to break poverty cycle

A Charlotte elementary school is trying something new to break the cycle of poverty by creating a "micro society" at a cost of $40,000. The micro society is meant to teach the students about a society-based enterprise system. All K5 students will take part, creating a government first and then school-wide businesses where each child will have a job.

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School board approves multi-million dollar construction plan in Pennsylvania

Lycoming County's school board has voted in favor of $35.9 million dollar renovation project to Montoursville Area High School.

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Photo essay: New Language Academy for San Diego USD

San Diego USD’s Language Academy dedicated its newly revitalized campus in July, complete with new environmentally-friendly classrooms and schoolwide air conditioning. The Language Academy is a multicultural K8 school that offers bilingual immersion courses in English, Spanish and French.

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Graduation rates up, but more work needed to prevent dropouts

U.S. graduation rates reached a historic high of over 80 percent in 2012—an increase of about 8 percent over the past decade, says America’s Promise Alliance. But rates of unemployment and incarceration are higher for people who have not finished high school, and those who do have jobs earn less than their peers with diplomas.

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Sex offender check enhances safety in Florida schools

Administrators at Brevard County Public Schools in Florida have enhanced security this school year with a new system that automatically runs sexual predator checks on all visitors and streamlines the process for volunteers.

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