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Study finds more students with special health care needs and less nurses

Health services for California students with special health care needs vary greatly by school district, are provided by a variety of school staff, operate under a confusing patchwork of regulations and are often underfunded, according to a new study.

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New York lawmakers pass budget with $1.1 billion for education

Legislators have passed a $137.9 billion budget, enacting a plan that includes boosting education aid by $1.1 billion, expanding pre-K with $340 million, delaying aspects of the Common Core education standards and prohibiting the state from sending identifiable student information to private third parties.

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Big ticket projects highlight Wisc. area school referendums

Voters in Wisconsin Dells will decide Tuesday on a $30 million proposal to build a high school and convert the existing high school into a middle school.

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Local Calif. school district spends up to 10 times more on attorneys’ fees than nearby school districts

In 2011, then Centinela Valley school board member Sandra Suarez made what she thought was a simple request: How much was the school district spending on legal fees with its top law firm, and what duties was the firm performing?

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Durango (Colo.) School District slows ‘school-to-jail’ trend

Durango School District 9-R sharply reduced the percentage of students overall it suspended, expelled or referred to law enforcement from 2009-10 to 2012-13.

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Hempstead (N.Y.) school district wrongly fired principals

The lawsuit stemmed from the school board voting in April 2013 to dismiss Helisse Palmore, then principal of Barack Obama Elementary School, David Evans of the Academy of Music & Art, and James Thomas of the Academy of Business & Law, along with three administrators.

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Okla. teacher rally to focus on education funding

With state support of public education and teacher salaries among the lowest in the nation, teachers, educators and school administrators are urging lawmakers to restore funding for public education to at least levels it had reached prior to the Great Recession, when revenue shortfalls forced spending cuts to education and other public services.

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Plan for St. Louis public schools draws fire

A new plan that could bring in outside contractors to run more than a dozen city schools came under fire Saturday. St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Kelvin Adams invited input at a public forum on his plan. He certainly got it.

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Pa. board signs off on 100 cuts

A split Allentown School Board approved plans to eliminate 100 positions, including 74 teachers. The job cuts are expected to save $5 million at a time when the district faces a $10.6 million deficit.

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New York charter loses legal battle to stay open

Community Charter School in Buffalo has lost its yearlong battle to stay open. A State Supreme Court judge dismissed the lawsuit and ruled in favor of the state Education Department to close the school because of poor student performance.

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