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Philly schools take risk by disbursing health care savings before court rules

The Philadelphia School District decided Friday to give schools access to $15 million starting Monday, based on expected savings from forcing teachers to contribute toward their health care premiums.

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New Jersey legislature drifts toward allowing virtual learning on snow days

The proposal by state Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen) would effectively set up a mechanism for school districts to apply for permission to use online classes as a fill-in in the case of weather emergencies, which lately have been pressing on school calendars.

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New York state to review schools' immigration compliance

New York officials ordered a statewide review Thursday of public school compliance with enrollment policies for unaccompanied minors and immigrant children following reports that several dozen children who had recently arrived from Central America were not admitted to a Long Island high school.

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U.S. schools take precautions amid Ebola fears

Schools are responding to fears of an Ebola outbreak by drafting first-of-a-kind policies that include isolating students, querying parents about travel and requiring documents showing a clean bill of health for new enrollees from West Africa.

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Fifteen districts test locally sourced lunch meals

LAUSD and 14 other school districts across California launched a pilot program that aims to bring the farm-to-table movement to school campuses. The California Thursdays initiative seeks to increase healthy, homegrown food in school meals and reduce schools' dependence on processed foods.

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School employee sex misconduct bill passed in Pa.

The state House has moved legislation that would prevent schools in Pennsylvania from quietly transferring or hiring teachers and other school staff who have sexually harassed, abused or exploited students.

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New York to review compliance of school district enrollment policies

The state Education Department and the attorney general's office announced that a compliance review of school district enrollment policies and procedures for unaccompanied minors and other undocumented students will be conducted immediately.

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Illinois school funding overhaul shelved for now

A controversial proposal to overhaul how Illinois funds public schools won't come up for debate during the General Assembly's fall veto session. The proposal, which seeks to bring more state aid to poorer districts, has stirred debate since it moved through the Senate.

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Most voucher students came from private schools

The vast majority of students receiving a taxpayer-subsidized voucher to attend private school this year did not go to a Wisconsin public school last year, fueling arguments from opponents that the program is really about subsidizing private school education rather than helping students escape poorly performing public schools.

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Vermont city's students pay for bus rides to school

Some middle and high school students in Burlington will be required to buy public transportation bus passes or pay the school $150 for rides through the end of the school year. Students who qualify for free lunches will still continue to have free rides.

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