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Choice law taking toll on Indiana public schools, report says

Indiana student achievement will most likely diminish as public education loses money to voucher schools—and because the state cannot regulate curriculum at private schools that accept vouchers, taxpayers are subsidizing “education of uncertain quality,” a national think tank reports.

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Mississippi to regulate seclusion, restraint in schools

Amid growing concern that such practices can cause serious injury and even death in K-12 classrooms, the proposed policy prohibits school districts from using chemical restraints, such as sedatives or other medications, or mechanical restraints like straps, harnesses and ties.

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Parents urge Maine lawmakers to allow medical marijuana in schools

Mothers whose children suffer seizures speak in support of a bill that would have schools treat marijuana like other prescription drugs, but federal law is seen as an obstacle.

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St. Louis Public Schools tries to shed vacant buildings

Thirty-one vacant school buildings are scattered across the city, relics of a time when St. Louis was teeming with children. As students have left for the suburbs and charter schools, the district’s student population has fallen from its peak of 115,543 in 1967 to about 26,000 this year.

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Kansas may let several school districts hire unlicensed teachers

Six schools want special permission from the state to hire teachers not certified in the subject they're teaching. It's one of the ideas the Coalition of Innovative School Districts thinks will improve Kansas schools.

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Texas Senate moves to decriminalize school truancy

The Senate passed a bill designed to decriminalize school truancy. Texas is one of only two states that employ the criminal justice system to punish truancy.

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Illinois restores $97 million of school funding cuts

Almost 600 of the 800 Illinois school districts will have $97 million in state funding restored after a budget deal brokered last month between Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders cut money for education, with about one-third going to Chicago schools and the rest scattered among the other districts.

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School funding bill gets full approval in Colorado Senate committee

A measure to give additional funding to K12 education got bipartisan approval from the Senate Education Committee. With nearly 11,000 new students expected in the state system next year, the funding will amount to $269 more per student.

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Montana schools awarded grants to expand school breakfast programs

Gov. Steve Bullock awarded several Montana schools a special grant to help expand school breakfast programs. Nearly $60,000 in privately funded grants was given to 16 schools across the state. The funds are provided to help schools pay for equipment such as carts and kiosks.

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Michigan district ban guns in schools with new policies

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education voted to ban dangerous weapons, including guns, from school buildings and property. Under a new policy, a weapon such as a gun in a school constitutes an emergency.

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