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N.J. board agrees to transport students with special needs

The Trenton school district will transport city students with special needs to after-school programs. The district also agreed to notify parents of the agreement because they may have withdrawn their children from school due to transportation hardships.

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Pa. Supreme Court denies request for ruling on teacher seniority

The School Reform Commission in March asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to back the cash-strapped Philadelphia School District’s decision to disregard seniority for teacher assignments. The high court without comment denied the district’s request for a ruling.

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Charter school discrimination ban passed in North Carolina

The state House approved a measure that broadly bans discrimination against charter school applicants based on their sexual orientation or other federally and constitutionally protected classes.

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San Diego County after-school programs awarded $4 million in grants

The San Diego Unified School will receive about $3.5 million, according to the California Department of Education. The remaining amount will be split between Julian, Vallecitos and East County schools. All together, about $51 million was distributed from three grants to 333 programs throughout California.

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New Orleans school building plan with $330 million budget gap

New Orleans' $1.8 billion school facilities rebuilding plan will have to be scaled back due to a budget gap that could total $330 million -- and that threatens officials' goal of putting every public school student in a new or renovated building.

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Chicago announces layoffs of more than 1,100

Roughly 1,100 Chicago Public Schools employees are being laid off, among them 550 teachers whose jobs were cut because of declining enrollment.

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Speed camera bill for school zones signed in New York

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation allowing Nassau and Suffolk counties to place speed cameras in school zones as they seek to boost safety and revenue.

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Washington district no longer allowing kids to bring in birthday treats

Edmonds School District recently banned edible treats in classroom parties, limiting them to three classroom celebrations per year. The district cited unhealthy eating with the frequency of parties and parents' possible economic hardships as reasons, instead encouraging non-food treats and favors.

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Green light for lawsuit over safety of San Francisco school buses

California's Supreme Court has given the go-ahead to a lawsuit by two former San Francisco bus mechanics who accuse a transportation company of supplying the city with unsafe school buses.

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Alabama high school students are more likely to use tobacco, illegal drugs

Alabama high school students say they use tobacco products and a variety of illegal drugs at higher rates than the nationwide average, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control.

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