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Five additional districts join Miss. education funding lawsuit

Five Mississippi school districts have joined the fight to recover their share of almost $134 million owed to them by the Mississippi under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. The new districts will be joined into the same legal action with the original 14 districts that allege the state violated laws requiring full funding of the MAEP formula.

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Pre-school revamp announced by Louisiana

Starting in October, state officials will take several steps to revamp Louisiana's publicly funded early childhood education programs. The state's education department will manage early-childhood programs while pre-school report cards will measure teaching, care and education. Coordinated enrollment systems, increased funding and other elements will be included in the changes.

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California school district rewrites menu for student lunches

For children across the country, returning to school means eating mass-produced lunches. But Oakland's school system is implementing an ambitious plan to transform their lunch program to provide healthier, locally-sourced food.

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School districts reviewing emergency protocols after player's collapse

After a recent student athlete's collapse and emergency medical situation, several school districts around the Kansas City area are reviewing their policies in the unfortunate event that a high school athlete collapses during a game. All have similar protocols that dictate how the situation is handled from the team trainers to the hospital.

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W.Va. audit committee to begin school visits to assess performance

Initial performance audits of West Virginia schools will begin this week as part of a new statewide assessment program. Among the reasons for the visits are to identify professional development needs, assess the adequacy of school buildings, and determine if schools are in compliance with state school board policies.

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South Dakota system seeing results from positive discipline program

A positive reinforcement program has now expanded to 20 buildings in Rapid City area schools. First implemented two years ago, the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support system has created a culture where students are rewarded for good behavior, rather than getting attention for disrupting a classroom.

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In Maine, school questionnaire identifies military families

Maine public schools have a new obligation to help support children of military families. A new military questionnaire will be arriving at homes across the state to help school leaders identify military children. The goal is to help accommodate these students by providing them with support and consistency when their parent(s) are deployed.

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Schools using Twitter to provide immediate updates

More schools are using social media such as Facebook and Twitter to dissseminate everything from bulletins, such as closing due to inclement weather, to accolades for students and updates and final scores for their athletic events.

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Portland board tries to balance schools with special programs

The largest district in Oregon has long wrestled with how to balance a variety of choices with uniformly good neighborhood schools. That balance appears to be tipping in favor of keeping kids at their local schools, and away from certain specialized programs.

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Green Bay schools embrace transgender students

In addition to the bullying policy, district officials are looking at other measures to make schools more accommodating for transgender students, such as gender-neutral bathrooms or special locker room accommodations. It's working with a state advocacy group to make changes.

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