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Signing of bill quickens possible state takeover of Kansas City schools

Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill that will give the state the chance to begin a possible takeover once the law takes effect Aug. 28.

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Ready access to Plan B pills in NYC schools

Through a patchwork of nurses’ offices and independent clinics operating in schools, students can now get free emergency contraceptives like Plan B One-Step in more than 50 high school buildings, generally in neighborhoods with high teenage pregnancy rates.

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Connecticut schools try to combat summer learning loss

Across Fairfield County and the state, schools are expanding summer programs to stem the learning loss students experience when they are away from the classroom for the long vacation.

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Childhood obesity: Hudson Valley (N.Y.) schools depend on snack sales to keep cafeterias solvent

Public schools sell sometimes-unhealthy snacks and fatty alternatives to balanced, government-regulated lunches for a simple reason: They earn hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to an exclusive Poughkeepsie Journal review of financial documents and menus and interviews with food service managers.

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Boston denies request for teacher ratings

The Boston School Department has refused to release overall ratings of teacher performance at individual schools, denying families access to potentially powerful information that could shed new light on the quality of instruction.

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Money for NYC charter schools balloons during Mayor Bloomberg's tenure

Charter school funding, set by the state, has risen from about $32 million to about $659 million over a decade as the mayor increased their number.

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Lebanese firm to take over Lansing (Mich.) charter school

An international school management firm will take over the Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy this fall and plans to open a second school in Lansing next year.

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Silicon Valley charter nonprofit eyes secondary school

A Silicon Valley-based charter school nonprofit has submitted a petition to run a secondary school within the West Contra Costa school district. Summit Public Schools, which will run six schools in San Jose, Redwood City, Daly City and Sunnyvale this fall, specializes in preparing "traditionally underserved," primarily minority students, to attend college.

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Money flows to Calif. schools, but little goes to summer programs

Restoring library hours and reducing class size are high on the to-do lists of Sacramento-area school leaders now that more money is flowing their way. But summer school may have to wait.

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Proposed amount for Columbus school levy: 9.01 mills

Charter schools and a new preschool program would each get $8.5 million a year in new property taxes under a plan unanimously approved by a citizen panel yesterday.

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