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Should sex offenders be allowed to visit their own child at school?

Virginia lawmakers are considering House Bill 1366, which would change state guidelines pertaining to sex offenders on school property. The measure is aimed at limiting school access for parents who are sex offenders and want to visit their child’s school.

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School nutritionists ask lawmakers to rethink new lunch laws

In its 2015 Position Paper, the School Nutrition Association has suggested Congress take a second look at the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and loosen some of the calorie, fat and sodium regulations. Perhaps then, the group argued, more children would go back to buying school lunches.

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Iowa Senate Democrats seek 4 percent hike in school aid

Democrats who control the Iowa Senate proposed a 4 percent increase in basic state aid for K12 schools for each of the next two academic years, setting up a showdown with the Iowa House. The Republican-led House recently approved a 1.25 percent increase.

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Georgia Senate approves bill counting college work toward high school

Senate Bill 2 would allow certain high school students to enroll in a college or university if they can pass a college entrance exam and have completed freshman- and sophomore-level high school course work. When they complete a degree or certificate program, their college-level courses would satisfy 11th- and 12th-grade requirements.

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Colorado to continue with school breakfast expansion

The Colorado House Education Committee killed a bill that would have stopped expansion of the breakfast after the bell program to additional schools and students.

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Lawmakers to discuss splitting Seattle district and mayor-appointed board members

A House Education Committee will take discuss a bill that would give Seattle Mayor Ed Murray the power to appoint two of the seven members of the school board. Lawmakers will consider the bill one week before they take up another proposal — a bill that would split Seattle Public Schools into two districts.

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Plan approved to attract teachers to rural South Dakota schools

South Dakota's House Appropriations Committee approved a proposal to offer tuition assistance to certain rural school employees to get teaching degrees in South Dakota if they agree to teach in their same school district for 5 years.

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Trial challenging use of pepper spray by police continues

A trial to determine whether School Resource Officers at Birmingham high schools should be allowed to use pepper spray to control disorderly students will go into its third week. The lawsuit claims the officers are quick to use the chemical weapon despite its harmful effects, especially for individuals with asthma or similar conditions.

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Philadelphia school district seeking hundreds of teachers

The city says it is looking to hire 400 new teachers for the next school year, and there’s a new application process to make it easier.

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Vermont governor proposes cuts in prison education program

A proposal by Gov. Peter Shumlin would cut $1.7 million from the Community High School of Vermont’s budget next year by closing a number of the field offices that support the high school completion program offered within the Department of Corrections.

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