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Wichita school district again opts out of free-meals program

In Topeka, which uses the program, many didn’t fill out an alternate form that’s needed to secure state funding for serving at-risk students. The Topeka district may have lost about $330,000 in state aid last school year as a result.

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La. public school districts getting more control over books

Gov. Bobby Jindal has agreed to give local public school districts more freedom to choose their textbooks. The state education department will review instructional materials in English, math, science and social studies to decide whether they meet state educational standards. But local districts won't be bound by its approved list.

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Fewer New York City students must go to school this summer

Fewer students in the city's public schools have been required to attend summer school this year than in the past several years, according to data from the city’s Education Department. It also shows a lower percentage of students have been held back a grade since Bill de Blasio became mayor in 2014.

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To fight cyberbullying, Calif. school makes students online hall monitors

Pasadena High is trying something different. The school is placing some responsibility for policing online bullying on its students. The students are learning to confront bullies, responding to put-downs with positive posts, or distracting their friends with real-world activities so they don’t become bullies online.

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Governor explains allocation veto decision

“Stability and predictability” were chosen over an extra $55.7 million for Iowa’s public schools. Gov. Terry Branstad defended his decision to veto a one-time allocation for the state’s 338 public K12 school districts that had been approved in a legislative compromise.

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House lawmakers push school bullying prevention

A bipartisan duo of House members have introduced legislation that would require school districts that receive funding through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to establish policies that ban bullying on the basis of race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation or religion.

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Washington middle schools lift dress code restrictions

The collaboration answers concerns that arose from several groups of students this year who questioned what they saw as gender-biased dress codes.

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Body cameras making their way into Iowa schools

The 4,300-student district along the eastern Iowa border is thought to be among the first in the nation to outfit administrators at each of the district's eight school buildings with a body camera.

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Women, minorities struggle on Missouri teaching exams

The racial disparity also is troubling because while classrooms are becoming more diverse, the pool of available teachers is not.

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Volunteers sought to beautify schools in Detroit

Businesses and community groups are being asked to help beautify the interiors and exteriors of Detroit schools as part of Neighborhoods Day.

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