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Clothes and electronics cause bump in school spending - again

The cost of school-related spending – including pen-and-paper supplies, electronics and other school fees – has increased by 20 percent in just one year, far outpacing wage increases and the rate of inflation, according to Huntington Bank's annual Backpack Index.

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Free lunch program starting for Louisiana district

The East Baton Rouge Parish school system will be providing free lunch to its almost 42,000 students, including thousands who in the past had to pay for their meals. The school district plans to take advantage of a new federal initiative that allows public schools in high-poverty areas to provide free meals to all students without families having to fill out individual forms.

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S.C. district limits cellphone usage for high school students

Limited cellphone usage is now permitted at Dorchester District Two high schools. The new policy allows high school students to use their cellphones at specific times during the day.

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Houston school district aiming to recruit North Carolina’s teachers

North Carolina teachers struggling with low salaries and repeated pay freezes are being lured from the state with an appealing offer: For a substantial raise, come teach in Texas.

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Ohio school district may lease mineral rights to gas and oil industry

During its regular meeting on Thursday evening, the board learned that mineral rights to the land on which school property sits are being released to the district.

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Mississippi school districts struggle with unfunded mandates

There was some complaining during Hattiesburg Public School District’s budget hearing earlier this month. It came when chief financial officer Terry Stennis was talking about the $18.6 million the district was getting from the state.

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Georgia's education fund gets record lottery payout

The Georgia Lottery Corp. last week reported its largest single-year transfer to the state’s education fund, which supports financial aid for pre-kindergarten and higher education students.

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Washington state, U.S. Department of Education still at odds over "No Child" law

Education Secretary Arne Duncan's plan to give schools a break from student-testing mandates in the federal No Child Left Behind law appears to be working in 42 states and the District of Columbia.

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California schools face lawsuit over physical education classes

Thousands of elementary school teachers have been asked this summer to hold on to their lesson plans as 37 school districts throughout the state seek to show that they are providing students with required exercise.

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Balancing special-education needs with rising costs

For decades, parents of special-education students nationwide have been able to seek private schooling at no extra cost at public expense when public schools fail to meet their needs.

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