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Kansas cities debate whether to apply for free school meals program

Only a handful of Kansas schools may end up taking advantage of a new program that would allow them to offer free lunch and breakfast to every student regardless of family income. The provision, available in Kansas for the first time this year, is designed to combat child hunger by reducing paperwork and the stigma of applying for low-cost meals.

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Texas district plans $55 million school security upgrade

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD will spend $55 million to tighten school security, including installing strategically placed panic buttons on campuses and replacing existing entry windows with bullet-resistant glass. Voters overwhelmingly approved the improvement, which will be completed districtwide by 2020, in a $1.2 billion bond election in May.

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Year later, much has been learned about Chicago school closings

Chicago Public Schools moved to close almost 50 elementary schools last year. The Safe Passage program to protect kids on their way to and from their new schools outside of their neighborhood appears to have performed as promised. In addition, there has been an increase in performance at schools designated to take in students whose buildings were closed.

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Ohio schools' report cards to be reissued following data scandal

Ninety-three Columbus schools will get new report cards because they wrongly withdrew at least one child in the 2010-2011 school year. The now two-years-long student-data scandal in Columbus City Schools is inching toward resolution as the state begins recalculating the report cards for the two school years in which the district and its schools were found to have manipulated data.

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Boston schools look outside for money

The Boston school system is appealing to business leaders and philanthropists to help underwrite a $25 million campaign to attract, retain and improve its teachers and principals. The effort has already secured $9 million in commitments. School officials aim to raise the remaining money over the next three years.

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Nearly half of New Orleans voters say schools improving

Forty-five percent of New Orleans voters surveyed in May said public schools in the city are getting better while only 18 percent believe they are getting worse, according to figures released by a Tulane University think tank. The survey comes as the Recovery School District prepares for a new school year in which all of those schools, now totaling 59, will be run by independent charter organizations.

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Impact of school climate grant’s end unclear for Virginia schools

The federal Safe Schools Healthy Students grant aimed at improving student safety and school climate is ending, and the effect the program’s absence will have on Charlottesville and Albemarle schools is unknown. In addition to providing support staff who focused on social and emotional issues, the project also trained teachers to improve student-to-teacher and student-to-student relationships.

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Jersey district probing possible data breach involving students' personal info

The Jersey City school district is investigating how the METS Charter School mailed public school students by obtaining personal information about non-charter students, including names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and possibly even social security numbers. METS may have accessed the information via district computers that weren't safeguarded to keep outsiders from obtaining student data.

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North Carolina blocks school boards from suing over money

State lawmakers imposed a two-year moratorium on the Union, Gaston and Nash county school boards’ ability to sue county commissioners over funding disputes. The legislation comes as Union County commissioners and the school board try to avoid returning to the courtroom to settle their budget dispute.

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Cigarette smoking among high school students at lowest level in 22 years

Cigarette smoking rates among high school students in 2013 have dropped to the lowest levels in over two decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On the other hand, among high school students who had driven a car or other vehicle during the past 30 days, the percentage who texted or emailed while driving ranged from 32 percent to 61 percent across 37 states.

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