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Schools using Twitter to provide immediate updates

More schools are using social media such as Facebook and Twitter to dissseminate everything from bulletins, such as closing due to inclement weather, to accolades for students and updates and final scores for their athletic events.

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Portland board tries to balance schools with special programs

The largest district in Oregon has long wrestled with how to balance a variety of choices with uniformly good neighborhood schools. That balance appears to be tipping in favor of keeping kids at their local schools, and away from certain specialized programs.

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Green Bay schools embrace transgender students

In addition to the bullying policy, district officials are looking at other measures to make schools more accommodating for transgender students, such as gender-neutral bathrooms or special locker room accommodations. It's working with a state advocacy group to make changes.

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Salesforce pours $6M into SF schools, computer science education

Two of the $5 million will go toward a Principal Innovation Fund where school administrators will get to deploy the money in the way they see fit without any strings attached. The other $3 million will go toward funding full-time technology instructors and supporting 50 “digital classrooms.”

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Bogus bills: Shady company scams schools in 26 states

The Better Business Bureau is warning school districts across the country to be on the lookout for fake invoices for educational supplies. In just the last few weeks, the BBB has received more than 3,300 inquiries and nearly 100 complaints from schools in 26 states.

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Wash. state Legislature found in contempt on education funding

Supreme Court has ordered the state to increase education spending enough to fulfill the Washington state Legislature’s own definition of what it would take to meet the state constitution’s requirement of providing a basic education to all Washington children.

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Truancy costing California schools billions, report says

Truancy and chronic absenteeism rates across California cost school districts billions of dollars in state funding each year, and it's getting worse. About 250,000 elementary school students were chronically absent last year, which means each child missed at least 10 percent of the 180-day school year.

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A plan to expand charter schools gains traction in Georgia

Gov. Nathan Deal asked lawmakers to study a plan for a statewide school district that could significantly increase the number of charter schools in Georgia. The governor asked legislators to consider a systemm that gives the state more powers to take over struggling schools and convert them to charters.

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N.J. bill advances to require schools consider cultural food preferences

The Assembly Education Committee voted to advance legislation that would require middle and high school principals to set up advisory committees. Comprised of students and staff, the committees would recommend school breakfast and lunch dishes that would accommodate students’ dietary restrictions or better reflect an ethnic group that has many students in the school.

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Shady company scams schools in 26 states

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning school districts across the country to be on the lookout for fake invoices for educational supplies. In just the last few weeks, the BBB has received more than 3,300 inquiries and nearly 100 complaints from schools in 26 states.

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