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Shawnee Mission School District creates app to battle bullying

The Kansas district is using its new bully referral app to try to make reporting and tracking complaints easier. The district found that if a child or parents reported bullying, what happened with the record keeping after the report was filed often remained a mystery.

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Indiana state budget deal includes modest school spending hike

House and Senate Republican leaders are set to unveil a nearly $32 billion, two-year budget that includes modest increases in school funding, with more money for suburban schools and some charter schools but less spending on Indiana's urban schools.

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Empowering males of color initiative will help nation's capitol

Washington, D.C.'s new mayoral plan will add $20 million more to the proposed 2016 budget to fund the D.C. Boys and Men of Color Initiative. In addition to 100 paid internships, the initiative will offer community mentors, award additional funds to schools that improve the academic success of boys of color and open a new all-male high school.

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San Francisco school board divided on using interns as teachers

With 500 teaching jobs to fill by the first day of school this fall, San Francisco’s superintendent has asked the school board to let him hire more Teach for America interns for hard-to-staff schools. But some board members are balking, saying students in those schools deserve experienced teachers.

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School merger is an alternative to New York City’s small-school model

A decade after New York City shut down a large, struggling middle school in Brooklyn and replaced it with two smaller ones, the Education Department is putting those schools back together. The most important factor in whether other schools will be merged would not be their size, but whether one school has a principal capable of running both schools.

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Students benefit from school closures, report shows

After examining closed charter and district schools, a new Thomas B. Fordham Institute study found that moving from school to school typically has a negative effect on students, but when the movement is forced by school closure, the students end up better off.

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North Carolina House votes to let school boards keep power to sue

House lawmakers voted down an attempt to strip school boards in North Carolina of the power to sue county boards of commissioners over budget disputes. The bill would have blocked lawsuits by school boards, forcing the two boards into mediation instead.

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Ala.’s high-school football arms race includes facilities that are very expensive

Just as high-school football coaching salaries in Alabama have skyrocketed recently, so has the demand for newer, better — and more expensive sports facilities throughout the state. Three of the seven public schools in Baldwin County now have state-of-the-art indoor practice facilities, including one with a new $14 million stadium.

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Minn. high schools scramble to meet ACT's many test-day requirements

Test anxiety is hitting Minnesota school administrators as they prepare for the first ever statewide American College Test for high school juniors. To meet protocol, many high schools have rearranged schedules for thousands of other students — scheduling field trips, giving students “digital day” assignments to do from home, or even canceling school altogether.

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Walsenburg school gives students hands-on way to thank veterans

Students and recent graduates of Career Building Academy, an alternative, trades-oriented charter high school in Colorado Springs, will help construct a 5,300-square-foot house for families of military veterans who are moving their loved ones to a nearby nursing home.

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