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Central Ohio school districts find ways to screen out undesirables

Before they get past the front desk, visitors to Dublin schools will be required to swipe their driver’s licenses through a machine that searches for their information in a national database of sex offenders. The technology, which cost the district $34,000 and also prints visitor badges, is rarely used in central Ohio schools but is an example of new efforts to monitor who has access to students.

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Revised school disciplinary code encourages counseling, protects special needs students

Education officials are taking a more sensitive approach to student misbehavior for the upcoming school year with a newly revised disciplinary code. The 2013-2014 version of New York City’s annually updated guidelines, which will take effect next month when classes resume, include new rules to encourage the use of counseling, reduce bullying and protect students with special needs.

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Boston Public Schools' vendor loses flash drive with data on 21,000 students

A vendor contracted by the Boston Public School system to print student identification badges lost a flash drive with basic data for more than 21,000 middle and high school students, prompting the school system to redesign the badges to prevent the lost data from being misused, officials said.

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The police state mindset in our public schools

Instead of making the schools safer, we've simply managed to make them more authoritarian.

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For students in tornado-ravaged town, back-to-school will be 'new normal'

Students heading back to the classroom in Moore, Okla. on Friday nearly three months after a massive tornado destroyed their schools will find a "new normal," their superintendent says, with some pupils attending classes in a church and others in a building loaned by a junior high.

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More security awaits students heading back to nation's schools

Back to school usually means new notebooks, new clothes and new teachers. But this year it also means more security, after the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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California high court allows school employees to give insulin shots

Rejecting the worries of the state's nursing union, the California Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for public school employees to administer insulin shots to diabetic students.

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Arkansas school district will arm teachers, defying AG

An Arkansas school district that was advised against arming its staff by the state attorney general has decided to let teachers carry guns anyway.

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Chicago school closings worry poor neighborhoods

With the closing of nearly 50 Chicago schools, many people are worried about what will become of the boarded-up buildings in poor neighborhoods.

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After Sandy Hook, California schools start the year with heightened security

As schools across Southern California prepare to open, teachers, parents and students will find increased security on their campuses, including surveillance cameras, more safety patrols, revised lockdown measures and fewer open gates.

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