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Georgia considers exemptions to school food standards

Georgia's Board of Education has proposed up to 30 exemption days per school every year to give schools options to sell sweet treats during fundraisers. School officials can allow fundraisers to sell food no longer allowed in schools under the federal nutrition standards.

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New Massachusetts school safety recommendations released

Critical safety changes were announced that impact all Massachusetts schools. The Massachusetts Task Force on School Safety and Security released a 30-page report that lists 29 safety recommendations for school leaders.

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Nebraska district to consider $683 million bond plan for school construction

The Omaha school board, with the clock ticking to finalize a list of construction projects in time for a November election, will consider a plan for renovating and building new schools that would cost $683 million. The bond issue would be the largest in the district's history and likely in state history.

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Louisiana board allowed to hire outside lawyers for Common Core fight

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has given the state school board the go ahead to hire private attorneys to fight Gov. Bobby Jindal in court over school testing contracts if necessary.

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Mississippi eyes takeover of Greenwood school district

The state's Commission on School Accreditation will consider declaring a state of emergency next week to take control of the Greenwood school system. Gov. Phil Bryant must approve the emergency declaration before officials can appoint a conservator, removing from office the current superintendent and school board.

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Connecticut plans over $20 million in round of school security grants

The state intends to allocate $21 million in a second round of grants designed to improve school security, and this time will allow private and parochial schools to apply for the money. Last year, the program disbursed $21 million to 604 public schools in 111 school systems across Connecticut.

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Louisiana board offers new school testing proposal

Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education offered a new compromise proposal to Gov. Bobby Jindal in the ongoing disagreement over Common Core education standards. The school board agreed to have the Department of Education solicit new bids for standardized testing services in public schools that would have to align with "nationally recognized standards."

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Florida teachers union sues over bill expanding school vouchers

Two statewide groups that represent teachers and school officials are mounting challenges to a growing Florida program that allows children to use public dollars to pay tuition at private, mostly religious schools.

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Goodwill receives approval for Tennessee adult charter school

The Shelby County School Board has approved an application by Memphis Goodwill Inc. to open a free public charter high school for adults called The Excel Center. Starting next fall, the school will offer adult dropouts a second chance to return to high school and earn their high school diplomas.

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Last school fires Connecticut charter group FUSE

Family Urban Schools of Excellence (FUSE), facing a state investigation and the loss of school management contracts in Connecticut, has now been pulled from an elementary school in Louisiana that was set to open next month in Baton Rouge. With this loss, FUSE will no longer manage any schools.

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