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South Dakota school might side-step consolidation

State legislators gave initial approval to a proposal that would allow districts that are not a full K12 to continue operating if the enrollment per grade is proportionate to 100 for K12. The first beneficiary would be the Big Stone City's K8 school.

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USDA report shows Wisconsin schools could buy more local milk

Wisconsin school districts buy plenty of local produce for their lunchrooms but could do better in buying local dairy products, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture survey. The census also shows 59 percent of the 315 districts that responded are involved in the Farm to School program.

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Ill. threatens to withhold funds from schools that skip Common Core test

A showdown over state testing is intensifying, with the Illinois State Board of Education threatening to pull as much as hundreds of millions of dollars from school districts that don't administer the new PARCC assessment exam to students.

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Dropout age increased to 18 in Kentucky

The boards of education in all 173 school districts have approved a policy raising the dropout age from 16 to 18. The Kentucky Department of Education provided each district with a $10,000 grant to plan for implementation of the higher dropout age.

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Maryland bill would put armed police officer in every school

A mass school shooting in Maryland is a matter of when, not if, a state lawmaker said as he renewed his proposal to put an armed officer in every public school. A House committee held a hearing on a bill that would put about 900 trained officers in Maryland schools before the next school year begins.

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Flexible school start dates gain momentum in Iowa Senate

Iowa school boards would have full control over school year starting dates and their entire academic year calendar under a contentious bill that cleared an Iowa Senate subcommittee. The bill now heads to the Iowa Senate Education Committee.

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Which states spend the most on public school students?

The National Center for Education Statistics released its latest data from the 2011-2012 school year on how much money states are investing in public school students. The District of Columbia and New York took the top spots, spending over $19,000 per student. Utah and Idaho spent the least per student, around $6,500.

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Bethlehem Area School Board approves universal full-day kindergarten

The Pennsylvania district's school board voted to apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education to begin offering full-day kindergarten for every district student next school year. The expansion into all 16 Bethlehem elementary schools is aimed at improving third-grade outcomes.

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Over 60 percent of South Carolina school buses older than 15 years

The 5,500 school buses in South Carolina's fleet are owned and maintained by the state, not the school districts. South Carolina law recommends that the state replace around 360 buses each year, but it's not a requirement. Last year, only nine buses were replaced.

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$48 million in public school funds on line for Maine

Maine is in danger of losing an important federal waiver that could have ramifications on funding for the state’s public schools unless the Legislature changes the way teachers and principals are evaluated before March 15, according to the Maine Department of Education.

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