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Most schools still don’t meet federal nutrition standards

When schools aren’t forced to provide healthy food, they usually don’t, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. For the small percentage of kids who did attend schools that revamped nutrition before the federally mandated USDA guidelines in 2010, researchers saw positive trends for obesity rates, suggesting wider execution really could lead to better health for students.

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Philadelphia schools see 40 applications for new charters

After the Philadelphia School District announced that it would accept applications for new charter schools for the first time in seven years, it received 40 submissions. If all are approved, the schools eventually could add 40,341 more seats in charter schools in a district that already has 67,000.

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Judge refuses to stop state funding to La. charter schools

The flow of state money to 33 charter schools authorized by Louisiana’s education board will continue, a judge decided, but a teachers’ union and the Iberville Parish school system will get another chance to stop it in December. The union and school system contend the use of state money at the charter schools is unconstitutional.

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Watchdog probe finds Boston school misspending

Boston school officials funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to a nonprofit foundation, essentially creating a slush fund to pay for holiday parties, first-class plane tickets, and even moving expenses for a departing employee, according to an investigation by a city watchdog agency.

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Some Washington schools replacing letter grades with numbers

In a change educators say will allow them to better measure student learning, the Selah School District is replacing traditional letter grades with a four-point number system at some of its schools.

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Hospitals race to sign up schools for athletic-training and medical-services

Ohio State University’s new athletic-training and medical-services agreement with Upper Arlington schools is upping the ante in the bidding war among central Ohio’s hospital systems, which are seeking greater access to high-school athletes and their families.

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Grant brings fresh food, challenges, to New York schools

Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation released a final report on the successes, challenges and lessons of a highly competitive United States Department of Agriculture Farm to School Grant awarded to the Poughkeepsie City School District for a two and-a-half year period, from December 2012 through May.

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Parents furious over Florida school's surprise 'active shooter' drill

An unannounced “active shooter drill” at a Florida middle school left teachers and students frightened and confused, and has angered parents who say police and administrators terrified their children.

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Ohio teachers staying close to home

Teachers may leave for larger districts, but it was usually because the school they left for was their hometown school.

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N.Y. announces 10 new school tech partnerships

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the second round of the New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School partnership awards, known as P-TECH.

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