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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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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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