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USDA allocates $5.5M to help schools serve healthier lunches

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving schools $5.5 million in training grants, which will be used to help educators comply with a rule finalized last week that requires all personnel in school nutrition programs to complete annual training.

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Man who carried gun into Michigan elementary school sues

The father of an elementary school student has filed a lawsuit claiming the district violated his right to openly carry a firearm into his daughter's school. The man claims he was denied access multiple times while attempting to pick up his daughter because he was open carrying a pistol.

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Traffic safety around New Orleans schools is failing, City Council told

Transportation for students to New Orleans' public schools is in an abysmal state, plagued by skyrocketing costs and placing bus-riding schoolchildren in harm's way, according the latest findings of a working group established to study the issue.

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Latest Ohio schools funding formula questioned

A mix of unusually volatile property values and shifting school-funding formulas over the past decade has detached school funding from reality in Ohio, a veteran researcher says.

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Nebraska unveils system to classify schools' performance

Nebraska Department of Education officials have unveiled a system to classify each school at one of four levels—from “excellent” to “needing improvement”—based on test scores, how much struggling students improve and graduation rates.

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At the Capitol, tide turns against education law born in Texas

Congress is grappling with whether to overhaul or even repeal the 14-year-old law, creating uncertainty in the states about compliance. Federal officials, meanwhile, are considering whether to sanction Texas for failing to comply with federal rules on teacher evaluations.

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Florida Senate committee advances testing bill

With technology glitches hampering testing in major school districts, a Senate committee advanced legislation that represents the first significant attempt to scale back the scope of exams in Florida’s public schools.

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Legislative leaders unveil block grant school funding plans for Kansas

The plan would replace the state’s existing formula for distributing its aid to 286 school districts. The measure incorporates a proposal to give districts block grants instead — based on their current aid — until lawmakers can write a new formula during the next two years.

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Snow day waivers considered for Tennessee districts

Tennessee's education department will determine on a case-by-case basis the lifting of a district's requirement of teaching 180 instructional days because of a recent winter storm which prompted a statewide Level 2 state of emergency.

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Elementary school drops homework and tells kids to play instead

A New York public elementary school is abolishing traditional homework assignments, instead encouraging students to read books and spend time with their family — a move that is outraging parents who say they may pull their kids out of the school.

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