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Chicago mayor names new school board members

With his hand-picked school board rocked by a federal investigation into a no-bid contract it gave out and beset by an enormous budget deficit, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that he has picked four new members to replace those whose terms are about to end.

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N.J. district to become tuition-based in efforts to generate revenue

One New Jersey school district is looking to open student enrollment on a tuition basis. Woodstown-Pilesgrove Regional School District has faced a decline in student enrollment over the past three years which has been one reason for a decline in revenue.

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Cyber schools would have to check truancy under proposed Pa. bill

If passed, the state's truancy bill would require charter and cyber charter school teachers and principals to report to their administrator if a child has missed three days without a valid excuse.

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Iowa Legislature's school budget deal comes with strings

The state's K12 public schools will get roughly $106 million in increased general funding under a budget deal, a figure that is $28 million less than sought by education advocates. Nearly $56 million won't be factored into future increases.

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School board approves funding for a plan to address behavior in Madison schools

The Wisconsin city's school board granted an additional $1.9 million to address student behavior next school year, more than doubling the resources dedicated to a controversial discipline policy.

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Food truck to deliver free food to children in need in Minn. city

Parked among other foods trucks on St. Paul's streets this summer will be a real food truck featuring a decidedly untrendy but free cuisine: school lunch. Hoping to increase participation in the city's Summer Food Service Program, the truck will distribute meals to kids who can't make it to community locations for food.

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School mental health programs see increased use in Connecticut

More Connecticut students report feeling sad and hopeless and they are seeking help at school-based health clinics. In the most recent survey, 27.2 percent of teens said they felt sad or hopeless everyday for two weeks or more.

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Florida tribal school gets waiver on No Child Left Behind

The Miccosukee Indian School is the first tribal school to receive a waiver for some requirements of the federal education regulations. The school will be allowed to use a different definition of what is known as “adequate yearly progress,” a standard in the no-child regulations.

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Gender neutral restrooms gaining traction among California schools

Two years after California passed a law that permits transgender youth to use whatever bathroom they wish, school districts continue to grapple with compliance, though major strides have been made.

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All Columbus schools to get WiFi by end of 2015-16

Under a $4.6 million deal approved by the Board of Education last week, the district will install WiFi in all of its 109 schools by the end of next school year. The federal government will pay 85 percent of the project’s cost.

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