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Enrollment dips to lowest in years in Chicago's public schools

Chicago Public Schools’ official enrollment dipped below 400,000 for the first time in years. District-run schools lost about 7,000 students, while schools run by charter and contract management organizations gained about 2,400 students.

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Fund for school-based Iowa City health clinics reaches $1 million mark

The Healthy Kids Endowment fund for Iowa City Community School District's school-based health clinics now holds about $1.26 million dollars for funding Healthy Kids Community Care Clinics in district schools that offer primary, mental health and dental care to underserved and uninsured populations.

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Baldwin County school board: No such thing as a free lunch

The Alabama district changed its lunch policy in August to clarify that meals would not be denied to children who had lost or forgotten their lunch money. But the system already has $14,000 on the books from students who ate but didn't pay. A proposed revised policy would allow students to charge a maximum of two meals.

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City council takes on school segregation in New York

Schools in New York State, and in New York City in particular, are the most segregated in the entire country, and the New York City Council is taking measures to fight that trend. A bill introduced to the council directs the state Department of Education to report on the measures taken and progress made in increasing diversity in city schools.

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Wealthy parents pour private money into public schools, study finds

From bake sales to gala auctions, private groups are raising an increasing amount of money for public schools in wealthier communities, highlighting concerns about inequality. A new study found that nonprofits organized by parents and community leaders more than tripled in number and more than quadrupled the dollars they generated between 1995 and 2010.

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Indiana Supreme Court to hear case on school bus fees

The Indiana Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case over whether it's unconstitutional to make parents pay for their children to ride the bus to public schools.

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Anchorage School District bans military recruiters indefinitely

On the heels of allegations of sexual and other misconduct against officers in the Alaska Army National Guard, the Alaska district has halted all military recruiting at its schools indefinitely.

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Rules and paperwork keep Long Island’s immigrant children from classroom

Dozens of the roughly 2,500 unaccompanied immigrant children who have been released to relatives or other sponsors on New York's Long Island so far this year have been unable to register for school as parents and guardians fight with the bureaucracies of the school districts to prove the children's eligibility.

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Two Mass. schools placed on probation by education board

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved probation for a Boston charter school and for the state’s first virtual public school, citing low achievement and other issues. Failure to show academic improvement in a year could lead to closure.

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For more teens, arrests by police replace school discipline

Some jurisdictions are so overwhelmed that they are experimenting with routing schoolchildren into specially designed courts that would keep first-time offenders from being saddled with an arrest record. Others have passed new laws or policies to dial back police involvement in school discipline.

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