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USDA launches Hungry Pests pilot program in Baltimore school

On Earth Day, students at a middle school are learning about how they can help the environment. The Green Street Academy is the first in the country picked by the USDA for a pilot program called Hungry Pests. The curriculum introduces middle school students to 18 specific invasive species, how they get here and what they can do to stop the spread.

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Florida House targets high school athletic association

The House passed legislation that would bring about an overhaul of the Florida High School Athletic Association. The proposal would overhaul the organization’s governance, require a third-party review for students suspected of being ineligible and provide more opportunities for student participation in sports.

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Connecticut school debates allowing police dog searches

The Middletown school board is considering an update to its search-and-seizure policy that would give the superintendent the power to order police dog teams to search a school.

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Students at elite high schools come from wealthier neighborhoods, data shows

Fueling an ongoing debate about high school admissions, the Independent Budget Office found that only 11 percent of students at New York City's specialized high schools live in the city’s lowest-income census tracts, compared to 30 percent of students at other high schools.

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California parents are ill-informed about school reforms, poll finds

The state has ushered in new academic standards, statewide testing and school finance reform in recent years, but the majority of public-school parents remain ill-informed about them, a new poll has found.

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Washington state teachers strike over pay

Thousands of teachers across the state held the first in a planned series of one-day strikes to demand higher pay, better benefits and a reduction in class sizes. The strikes forced the cancellation of classes in two districts and a half day at a third.

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Philadelphia schools want to reward innovation

The Philadelphia school system wants to open more new high schools and continue a program that encourages teachers, principals and community organizations to overhaul schools from within. The new small high schools would be neighborhood schools without admissions criteria, and would open first to ninth graders, adding one grade each year.

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Colorado school violence lawsuits approved after emotional debate

An effort to reduce school violence by making public schools legally liable for keeping kids safe has been approved by the Colorado Senate. Colorado currently includes schools among government entities that can't be sued, a legal standard not all states follow.

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California bill would ban 'Redskins' for school use

Public schools in California would have to phase out the use of the term “Redskins” for their athletic team name or mascot under the California Racial Mascots Act advanced by a state Assembly panel based on concern that the term is derogatory to Native Americans.

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Tornado safety bill for schools dies in Okla. Senate

A bill that would have allowed public schools to use architects and engineers' donated time to do free severe-weather safety assessments in public schools will most likely not be addressed this year.

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