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Schools shouldn't be bugged about head lice, doctors say

The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that students not be sent home from school if lice are discovered. Pediatricians are urging reason over emotion when it comes to reaction toward head lice, saying that the bugs are a mere nuisance and don’t justify suspension from school or a rush toward prescription medication.

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In Texas, questions about prosecuting truancy

In most states, missing a lot of school means a trip to the principal's office. In Texas, truancy there is treated as a criminal offense, a class C misdemeanor. The problem is so big, state lawmakers and the U.S. Justice Department are investigating whether prosecuting children and teenagers in adult criminal courts is doing more harm than good.

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Fewer chances in school sports for minority girls, report says

Minority girls in Massachusetts have fewer chances to play high school sports than white girls and fewer than boys of any race, according to a new national report. Heavily minority schools, on average, offer fewer than half as many spots on teams compared with heavily white schools and they give about 60 percent of those spots to boys.

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Georgia county to start randomly drug testing students

Students at the five high schools in the Carroll County school system will be subject to random drug testing starting next school year. The testing will be only for the students who participate in athletics, any type of extracurricular non-athletic program and those who drive and park on campus.

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New Chicago public school leader suspends major contract

Acting Chicago schools boss Jesse Ruiz announced that the district was suspending payment to SUPES Academy on a $20.5 million no-bid contract at the center of a federal criminal probe.

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Growing class sizes a worry for Nebraska public school teachers

The Nebraska State Education Association approved a class-size resolution that calls for exploring options, including providing financial incentives for school districts to keep class size at teacher-student ratios recommended by research.

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Heated debate surrounds push for deep fryers in schools

Within the next couple of months, the Texas Department of Agriculture could be poised to repeal a state policy that bans deep fat fryers and soda machines on school campuses and places limits on the time and place that junk food can be sold there.

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Virtual schools coming to Alabama's school systems

Every Alabama school system would be required to establish a policy to offer some level of virtual school for high school students by the 2016-17 academic year under a bill lawmakers passed.

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S.C. sheriff fighting replacement of school resource officers with private security guards

The decision to add a private security guard on every Chester County campus would eliminate the need for four school resource officers. The district says the decision is about more efficiently using district funds to place security on each school campus.

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Is public boarding school the way to solve educational ills?

Buffalo's chronically struggling school system is considering an idea gaining momentum in other cities: public boarding schools that put round-the-clock attention on students and away from such daunting problems as poverty, troubled homes and truancy.

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