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Salesforce pours $6M into SF schools, computer science education

Two of the $5 million will go toward a Principal Innovation Fund where school administrators will get to deploy the money in the way they see fit without any strings attached. The other $3 million will go toward funding full-time technology instructors and supporting 50 “digital classrooms.”

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Bogus bills: Shady company scams schools in 26 states

The Better Business Bureau is warning school districts across the country to be on the lookout for fake invoices for educational supplies. In just the last few weeks, the BBB has received more than 3,300 inquiries and nearly 100 complaints from schools in 26 states.

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Wash. state Legislature found in contempt on education funding

Supreme Court has ordered the state to increase education spending enough to fulfill the Washington state Legislature’s own definition of what it would take to meet the state constitution’s requirement of providing a basic education to all Washington children.

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Truancy costing California schools billions, report says

Truancy and chronic absenteeism rates across California cost school districts billions of dollars in state funding each year, and it's getting worse. About 250,000 elementary school students were chronically absent last year, which means each child missed at least 10 percent of the 180-day school year.

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A plan to expand charter schools gains traction in Georgia

Gov. Nathan Deal asked lawmakers to study a plan for a statewide school district that could significantly increase the number of charter schools in Georgia. The governor asked legislators to consider a systemm that gives the state more powers to take over struggling schools and convert them to charters.

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N.J. bill advances to require schools consider cultural food preferences

The Assembly Education Committee voted to advance legislation that would require middle and high school principals to set up advisory committees. Comprised of students and staff, the committees would recommend school breakfast and lunch dishes that would accommodate students’ dietary restrictions or better reflect an ethnic group that has many students in the school.

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Shady company scams schools in 26 states

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning school districts across the country to be on the lookout for fake invoices for educational supplies. In just the last few weeks, the BBB has received more than 3,300 inquiries and nearly 100 complaints from schools in 26 states.

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Missouri lawmakers pass legislation to allow more guns in schools

A new Missouri law will allow specially trained school employees to carry concealed guns on campuses. It allows anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry guns openly, even in cities or towns with bans against the open carrying of firearms. In addition, the age to obtain a concealed weapons permit will drop from 21 to 19.

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48 Michigan school districts, charters in deficit

Forty-eight Michigan school districts and public school academies are operating in the red, according to a quarterly report from the state's department of education. The report gave a mixed picture of schools’ financial health: While ten districts were projected to climb into the black by the end of the last school year, 12 others that began fiscal year 2014 with a surplus had fallen into deficit by June 30.

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Orleans Parish board passes school budget days before deadline

The Orleans Parish School Board passed a $345 million budget for the 2014-2015 school year, just five days before the state deadline. The school board, which runs six of the city's 83 schools and oversees 14 charters, controls very little of that money. The largest share of the revenues, $138 million, goes straight through to the Recovery School District and state-authorized charter schools.

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