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LGBT studies course at San Francisco high school one of the first

Ruth Asawa High School is one the first high schools in the country to offer an LGBT studies course. The course will cover terminology, and the broad history of LGBT issues. The curriculum stretches back to ancient times.

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Hawaii charter school closure could leave taxpayers on the hook for debts

The closure of the Halau Lokahi charter school could lead to legislative changes, and is proving to be a learning moment for the state's 3-year-old Charter School Commission. Unlike most states, charters in Hawaii are state agencies. That means the state may be responsible for debts if a school closes.

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Maine school district drops incentive pay for teachers

An experiment tying teacher pay, in part, to student performance has been dropped by the Regional School Unit 40 district. The difficulty in getting a contract last time, as well as continued opposition from teachers, played a part in the decision to not include the incentive program in the new contract.

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New school funding formula passes first hurdle in Pa. Senate

The Senate Education Committee voted to approve legislation that provides for a new funding school formula. The formula gives weight to factors such as poverty, local wealth, ability to raise revenue to pay for schools, students who attend charter schools, and rural and small district conditions.

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Pennsylvania bill aims to ease school district mergers

A Pennsylvania lawmaker is calling for a statewide study looking at school district consolidation. The resolution will direct the state to look at ways school districts could merge or consolidate and the potential cost savings.

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Vermont institute helps schools grow farm-to-school programs

Vermont will serve as a classroom of its own to 13 schools around the Northeast and others who want to learn more about the state's model and develop their own farm-to-school plans to get more locally raised foods into school cafeterias and curricula about nutrition and agriculture into classrooms.

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School crime offenses decreasing in Tennessee

Data collected by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation showed that the number of offenses occurring in school decreased 14.4 percent from 2014 to 2012. The study showed a total of 30,232 offenses for the time frame with simple assault being the most frequently reported offense.

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Indiana high school interns head to the factories

More than 80 other budding engineers will build and work with machines as part of a new internship program designed to give high school students experience in engineering and manufacturing programs with area companies.

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Arrests, incidents at Birmingham high schools dropped dramatically over past year

The number of Birmingham high school students arrested on campus has dropped dramatically by 63 percent from August through December 2014 at the city's seven high schools. The success if being attributed to police and school resource officers shifting their focus from being reactive by making arrests to being proactive by mentoring and recommending resources.

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When school's out, millions of kids go hungry

A record 21.7 million American kids get free or reduced-price lunch during at school. But when summer vacation starts, the vast majority of them go without this essential, federally funded benefit. Only 18 percent of those in the school lunch program are fed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's summer food program.

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