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Salem City one of the first in Virginia to outsource school lunch

Salem City Schools is the fifth district in the state that's outsourced all its cafeteria operations. School districts across the country are all required to meet new stringent guidelines. Salem school leaders decided to get outside help to make meeting those requirements a little easier.

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Florida county approves up to $20 million for new charter school

Palm Beach County approved a $20 million financing deal for a new charter school, despite some commissioners' concerns that charter school companies siphon money away from other public schools.

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Parents sue over Philadelphia school conditions

Several Philadelphia parents and the Parents United for Public Education group are suing over the conditions of Philadelphia’s public schools. The allegations include overcrowded classrooms, the lack of classes such as art, music, foreign language and physical education and cancelled programs for the mentally gifted.

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New Kansas City program launched to fight chronic school absenteeism

Kansas City announced a new program aimed at getting students to go to school. Volunteers will work through the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program to mentor children from kindergarten through third grade in 10 elementary schools in those three area districts.

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Recession-era school spending levels in Wisconsin match other states

Despite significant cuts to school funding, the amount of money spent on each Wisconsin public school student largely matched spending levels across the country between 2008 and 2012, according to a study released by Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. The drop by 6 percent in per-pupil spending came at a time when 19 other states were seeing similar decreases.

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Most asthmatic kids lack health management plans at school

In Chicago, most kids with asthma or food allergies don’t have a health management form on file at school. On the rare occasions when a child has died at school from an acute allergy attack or asthma attack, the children usually did not have a health management plan, or a so-called 504 Plan, a new study shows.

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Court to hear arguments Philadelphia district violated Pa. constitution

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in a charter school case that centers on the powers that the School Reform Commission has to manage charter school growth in Philadelphia's financially distressed district.

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Program emerges to clean up neighborhoods around Los Angeles schools

Los Angeles announced a pilot program that seeks to clean up neighborhoods around several middle schools. In addition to environmental polluters, the effort will also ramp up checks on parolees living close to campuses, seek out businesses that sell tobacco to kids, train a volunteer force of parents to watch over students walking to school, and seek to return truants to classrooms.

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States collaborate to keep track of students

For years, Washington state has collected data on students from prekindergarten through college along with workforce statistics. Until now, Washington and other states frequently hit roadblocks when they tried to track their students who moved out of state. Washington – along with Idaho, Oregon and Hawaii – recently participated in a pilot project to share data on student outcomes.

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Texas district battles truancy

Through its Operation KEYS (keeping every youth in school) program, Corpus Christi Independent School District is battling truancy with volunteers visiting truant students' homes and informing them of different options to graduate from high school.

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