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$16.5 million sought for Arizona education system

Arizona education officials say they will need $16.5 million to modernize a piecemeal system of data and coding used to track everything from standardized-test scores to students who receive federally funded meals.

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College applications shortchanged under Philly schools' counselor cuts

Amid a terrible budget crunch, most district schools began the year without a full-time counselor. After Gov. Tom Corbett released $45 million to the district, 80 positions were restored in November.

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U.S. Department of Ed gives Newtown schools $1.9 million grant

Grant from the Department’s Project School Emergency Response to Violence program will go toward additional grief support services for siblings and those who lost their peers, as well as classroom-based psychoeducation and skill-building strategies.

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Minority students make up new majority in Illinois public schools

Whites fell to 49.76 percent of the student body this school year, the new data show, a demographic tipping point that came after years of sliding white enrollment and a rise in Latino, Asian and multiracial students.

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Some schools want to stop serving as voting sites

Some schools want to end their traditional role as polling places because of security concerns since the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, leaving communities without easy alternatives for voting sites.

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Once overcrowded, Florida school district now selling land

After years of buying land to build new schools, the Broward School District is now looking to unload some parcels. The student boom has ended and there is not enough money to maintain the district's 2,400 buildings, some in desperate need of repair. So three separate lots—in Plantation, Fort Lauderdale and Oakland Park—will be sold for more than $10 million.

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Vermont school cooks share recipes in new cookbook

Mac & trees—macaroni and cheese with broccoli—roasted parsnip chips, strawberry and spinach salad and green monster pops were already on the menu at some Vermont schools that have done away with frozen chicken nuggets and fish sticks. Now those creative cooks are sharing their healthful recipes with other schools.

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New head of NYC schools to focus on middle schools and dual-language

The new leader of the nation's biggest public school system started her job with storm clouds brewing—the clouds that had a new city administration weighing whether to call a snow day for 1.1 million students. But Carmen Farina had a sunny smile for the middle schoolers she visited on her first day as schools chancellor.

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U.S. to relax healthy school lunch rules after student complaints

There may be some good news for kids complaining that their school lunches are unappetizing and leaving them hungry. U.S. regulators said they were permanently relaxing school meal rules that were designed to combat childhood obesity by reining in calories and portion sizes.

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Math education is getting better, teacher says

Math instruction is changing—and for the better, says Nancy Pfaff, a Lake Washington School District teacher who has won a prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Instruction. Pfaff learned last week that she is one of two teachers in Washington state to receive a Presidential Award this year, one of the highest honors for U.S. math and science teachers.

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