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N.Y. judge rules that school leadership meetings are public

New York City’s bid to keep members of the public out of school leadership team meetings is illegal. A judge rejected the city’s argument that the joint parent-educator teams play only an advisory role and so are not subject to open-meetings rules.

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Legal remedies sought to avoid paying full cost of Wis.'s new test

Wisconsin House legislators will soon vote on proposed legislation that would prevent this year’s Badger Exam test scores from being used to evaluate teachers and schools. Since January, technological glitches have prevented the online exam from adapting to a student’s abilities as intended, among other issues.

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Advocates push for cameras on N.Y. and N.J. school buses

Cameras on school buses may soon be watching drivers on the road. Advocates unveiled what they called proof that cameras are needed to keep children safe. School officials claim drivers illegally speed past stopped school buses an estimated 50,000 times per day in New York state.

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Some Ohio school districts have guns at the ready

An estimated 30 Ohio school districts include in their security plans guns that are locked in safes, ready to be used by trained staff in case an active shooter enters school grounds. Law enforcement experts believe that more than two dozen Ohio school districts have made guns available to teachers in case of an emergency.

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After years of decline, Oregon rebuilds school-to-career programs

Over the past 15 years, as employment trends increasingly favored skilled workers, Oregon public schools cut the number of career and technical education (CTE) programs nearly in half. In 2013, that had turned around with nearly 58 percent of Oregon high school graduates earning at least one credit from a CTE program going on to higher education.

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Wisconsin public schools to share over $35 million

Public school districts throughout the state will share $35.5 million in library aid, which will be paid from state funding specifically designated for the purchase of materials for school libraries. Funding is up $5.3 million from last year.

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Utica schools sued over refugee students

Public schools in the New York district are being accused of unlawfully excluding refugee youth and segregating them to inferior alternative programs, according to a federal class action lawsuit filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union and Legal Services of Central New York.

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Mandatory vaccine bill for Calif. students passes committee

A bill that would make vaccines mandatory for California schoolchildren was passed by the Senate Education Committee and will move next to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Opponents said they will keep up the fight against the bill to ensure that unvaccinated kids aren’t barred from public and private schools.

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23 Pittsburgh schools to use 'restorative' practices to improve communication

The schools have been chosen for a new program designed to improve learning and reduce suspensions in Pittsburgh's public schools. The schools will be part of a research project funded by a $3 million Justice Department grant to develop better relationships between students and teachers to prevent disruptions that lead to suspensions.

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USDA launches Hungry Pests pilot program in Baltimore school

On Earth Day, students at a middle school are learning about how they can help the environment. The Green Street Academy is the first in the country picked by the USDA for a pilot program called Hungry Pests. The curriculum introduces middle school students to 18 specific invasive species, how they get here and what they can do to stop the spread.

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