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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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Homelessness among California school children doubled in recent years

Nearly 270,000 California public school students were homeless at some point during the last school year, according to a California Homeless Youth Project study. The new report shows homelessness among school children has grown from 4 to 8 percent of all students enrolled at public schools since the 2010-2011 school year.

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Iowa voters agree to close another school district

Voters of the Corwith-Wesley school in northern Iowa voted to close the district. The dissolution plan divides the remaining school property to nearby districts once the district shutters at the end of this school year. In the last decade, 29 Iowa school districts have been shuttered.

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After years-long racial bullying saga, New Jersey district pays to settle

A complaint filed years ago with the New Jersey Attorney General's Office alleging discrimination, harassment, and intimidation in the Franklin Township district against a young girl has been settled. The district will pay $75,000 to the girl's family and allocate money to an anti-bullying awareness program. The school board also must make sure employees are properly trained to address bullying complaints.

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Illinois school district wins $9.8 million settlement

Gillespie School District won its case against Union Pacific Railroad Company and has been awarded more than $9.8 million. The district sued on behalf of an elementary school, which was condemned by the Illinois State Department of Education after a mine subsidence caused major structural damage.

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Impoverished N.C. school tries new program to break poverty cycle

A Charlotte elementary school is trying something new to break the cycle of poverty by creating a "micro society" at a cost of $40,000. The micro society is meant to teach the students about a society-based enterprise system. All K5 students will take part, creating a government first and then school-wide businesses where each child will have a job.

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San Diego USD gets armored vehicle

City schools police have obtained their own military-grade mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle through a federal grant. The armored mobile will be converted into a victim rescue vehicle that will be stocked with advanced medical supplies and be able to take heavy fire in case of an attack on campus.

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Kansas City mayor, superintendent ask lawmakers to uphold gun veto

Gov. Jay Nixon has blocked the bill that the Missouri Legislature passed earlier this year to arm some teachers in schools, but it may become law anyway. Kansas City Mayor Sly James and Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Green called for Missouri lawmakers to uphold Nixon's veto when they meet for the fall veto session.

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Maryland identifies $3.4 million to improve kids' routes to school

Sidewalks and paths used by elementary and middle school students across Maryland will be upgraded with $3.4 million in federal grant funding. Grants under the program, which are awarded to local jurisdictions annually, are aimed at improving safety for young students who walk or bike to school.

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