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Community still split on city school police

At a public forum that will help shape the future of the school district's police department, principals, education advocates, parents and police supporters were divided on whether stationing armed officers in Baltimore schools would be in the best interest of students.

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School nutritionists look for kid-friendly solutions to school lunch law

Thousands of school nutritionists gathered in Salt Lake City this week to find innovative solutions that could help them provide meals that are both nutritious and tasty for students. The convention featured new solutions for school lunch programs, ranging from food samples to kitchen gadgets to boost safety and efficiency.

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Students being tested more than half the year

Officials at a Florida middle school used a large color-coded magnetic board to plot all the days students spent testing. The startling conclusion: 91 days of the 180 days in the school year were dedicated in part or in full to state standardized tests and district-required exams. It does not include chapter or unit tests written by teachers.

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Ohio districts targeted for federal teen pregnancy prevention grant

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health has received a five-year $4.8 million federal grant to fund teen pregnancy prevention programs in seven local school districts and an LGBT community center. The districts were chosen because they have teen birth rates higher than 30 per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 19 years old.

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Mississippi district held in contempt over school prayer

A federal judge says the Rankin County school district is in contempt of court for continuing to promote Christianity during school hours after it agreed to stop. They were again ordered to stop sponsoring prayers at graduations, assemblies, athletic competitions and other school events.

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What will school autonomy mean for Indianapolis Public Schools?

The city's school system could be the latest district to follow a national trend toward more independent schools. An autonomy plan isn’t expected to be presented to the school board until this fall. But the fact that the board is insistent that it will happen could mean big changes for the district.

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Ohio schools program training school leaders

A joint business, university and Ohio Department of Education effort, the Bright New Leaders for Ohio Schools program trains future principals to work in Ohio’s most challenging schools. No education experience is required. By the end of the school year, successful fellows will receive an MBA and a principal license from the Ohio Department of Education.

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College fund drops charter for Louisiana middle school

An ambitious middle school designed to prepare black students for success at Southern University in New Orleans was abandoned by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It has been in the planning stages for more than two years. But the fund's leaders decided to surrender the school charter, awarded in 2013 by the Orleans Parish School Board.

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A new type of charter school is coming to Wilmington

Considering their lesson plans are tailored specifically towards the field they want to pursue upon graduation, students at the new Delaware Met will be responsible for owning their education. As part of this “Big Picture Learning” model, the school will also partner with businesses and organizations to provide the students with internships.

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Chicago Public Schools' budgets spend $500 million district doesn't have

The district unveiled school spending plans that rely on a half-billion dollars more than the district has on hand. To make the individual school budgets work, Chicago Public Schools is banking on help from the state, which has so far been uncooperative.

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