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High school kids may drink less where rules for adults are stricter

In states with stronger alcohol policies, high school students tend to report less drinking, even when the policies don’t target youth directly, according to a new study.

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New York City schools can provide condom information

The city's public high schools can now show students how to use condoms in high school health classes, a change from a previous policy that did not allow such demonstrations in classrooms.

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California school spending lagged U.S., but has surged

The state’s spending on its 6-plus million K12 public school students lagged behind the national average two years ago, according to a new Census Bureau report. However, under the proposed 2015-16 budget, per pupil spending will have jumped by nearly 50 percent and should crack the ranks of the highest spending states.

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Michigan's $13.9-billion school budget could increase per pupil costs

The state budget includes $50 million in unappropriated funds that could be used to help deal with the struggling Detroit Public Schools. A Legislature committee also approved the school aid fund of $13.9 billion that included a foundation allowance increase of $70 to $140 per pupil.

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Chicago mayor names new school board members

With his hand-picked school board rocked by a federal investigation into a no-bid contract it gave out and beset by an enormous budget deficit, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that he has picked four new members to replace those whose terms are about to end.

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N.J. district to become tuition-based in efforts to generate revenue

One New Jersey school district is looking to open student enrollment on a tuition basis. Woodstown-Pilesgrove Regional School District has faced a decline in student enrollment over the past three years which has been one reason for a decline in revenue.

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Cyber schools would have to check truancy under proposed Pa. bill

If passed, the state's truancy bill would require charter and cyber charter school teachers and principals to report to their administrator if a child has missed three days without a valid excuse.

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Iowa Legislature's school budget deal comes with strings

The state's K12 public schools will get roughly $106 million in increased general funding under a budget deal, a figure that is $28 million less than sought by education advocates. Nearly $56 million won't be factored into future increases.

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School board approves funding for a plan to address behavior in Madison schools

The Wisconsin city's school board granted an additional $1.9 million to address student behavior next school year, more than doubling the resources dedicated to a controversial discipline policy.

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Food truck to deliver free food to children in need in Minn. city

Parked among other foods trucks on St. Paul's streets this summer will be a real food truck featuring a decidedly untrendy but free cuisine: school lunch. Hoping to increase participation in the city's Summer Food Service Program, the truck will distribute meals to kids who can't make it to community locations for food.

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