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Pa. proposal to limit charter sports programs draws debate

Currently, charter students in Pennsylvania who want to play multiple sports must play for their school teams if that sport is offered and, for other sports, may play on teams at their neighborhood public school. A proposal is being introduced that would limit sports programs at charter schools.

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New Jersey city district may lay off 400

Faced with a $75 million shortfall, the Camden City School District announced plans to eliminate 575 positions, resulting in as many as 400 layoffs. The layoffs are attributed to declining enrollment, overspending and cuts in federal funding. The cuts amount to a 32 percent reduction in central office staffing and 20 percent in school staffing.

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Mass. city board votes for over $360 million in renovations

In addition to four other school renovations totaling over $116 million, Lowell's school board voted to make the proposed $245.4 million addition and renovation of Lowell High School its priority building project. The city is submitting funding requests for all five projects to the Massachusetts School Building Authority for potential reimbursement.

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Maine high school graduation rate up, but proficiency lags

Maine's high school graduation rate has gone up 6 percent over the past four years, according to the state Department of Education. Right now, the gap between the overall number of graduates in Maine and those that make it to commencement having mastered reading and math is around 37 percent.

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Referendum defeated by five votes to build a new Wis. high school

A referendum to build a new Wisconsin Dells high school went down in defeat with only a five-vote spread between those against and in favor of the $30 million project. The current high school would have been remodeled and converted to a middle school.

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New York district votes to close two elementary schools

After nearly two years of trying to plot the best course of action, the Kenmore-Tonawanda Union Free School District's board voted to close two elementary schools and merge the middle school into the high school. The district will sell the two elementary buildings with the remaining elementary schools housing pre-K through four.

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Sauk Prairie, Wis., passes $34+ million school referendum

District voters approved a $34.6 million dollar building referendum that will include the $18.4 million construction of a new elementary school building. Only a short time ago, the district's board was actually considering drastic cuts to make up for a $2 million shortfall.

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Florida bill to allow guns in schools passes subcommittee

The Florida House's Justice Appropriations Subcommittee approved a bill that would allow local school boards or principals to designate employees—typically former or current law enforcement officers—to carry guns on campus. If passed, HB 753 would require trained officials to complete 40 hours of school safety training.

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North Carolina's public school crime and violence down

In the 2012-2013 school year, the total number of North Carolina's reportable acts of school crime and violence, suspensions and the use of corporal punishment continue their downward trend. According to the 2012-2013 Consolidated Data Report presented to State Board of Education, expulsions did increase.

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Los Angeles system seeking solutions to reduce food waste at schools

In Los Angeles Unified, the nation's second-largest school system, students throw out at least $100,000 worth of food a day, amounting to over $18 million a year. The district is exploring different options to reduce the food piling up in school trash cans.

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