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Wake County, N.C. Leaders Back $911M School Construction Program

Top elected officials in Wake County, N.C. have agreed to support a school construction program of around $911 million that could cost the average homeowner roughly $135 more per year in property taxes.

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Miami-Dade School Board Fights Changes to Bright Futures Scholarships

With efforts to halt an increase in Florida Bright Futures scholarship requirements all but dead in Tallahassee, opponents who fear the changes will disproportionately harm minority students are changing tact. That includes the Miami-Dade school district, where the impact would be greatest.

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Arson Suspected in Lansdowne (Pa.) High School Fire

Arson is suspected in a three-alarm fire that heavily damaged the Penn Wood High School in Lansdowne overnight and may force it to remain closed for the rest of the academic year, authorities said. The blaze followed a series of bomb threats at the school that stopped about two weeks ago, said Fire Chief Daniel Kortan.

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Official: No Bomb Found at Phoenix Elementary School After Threat

Longview Elementary School, at 12th Street and Indian School Road in Phoenix, Ariz., was evacuated after administrators received a phone call about a bomb threat on Thursday. Students were momentarily moved to Montecito Community School, which was closed down two years ago and is still maintained by Osborn School District.

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School Bus Fleet Included in Ky. District Safety Plan

Rosters are kept for each bus. Each driver also has pertinent information on every student, whether it’s regarding a medical condition or emergency contacts.

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Philadelphia School District Says Beeber Middle School Will Remain Open

Instead, the District will propose changing the grade configuration to include only the seventh and eighth grades, and to explore the collocating of other educational programs in the Beeber school building.

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Ga. School System Looks at $4 M in Technology Upgrades

The board is set to approve spending more than $4 million in special-purpose, local-option sales tax, or SPLOST, funds on the technology infrastructure upgrades and equipment replacements. SPLOST funds, collected from a 1-percent sales tax in the county, are restricted to approved capital improvement projects.

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Portland Supt. Proposes Job Cuts, Seeks Concessions from Union

Although the referendum on the fiscal year 2014 school budget is less than a month away, the superintendent of schools said there could still be some reductions if the teachers union cooperates.

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Broward (Fla.) Schools Working to Revamp Discipline

Those guidelines, which are still a work in progress, would in some cases replace expulsions and arrests with two intertwined behavior intervention programs, one of which involves a last-chance sit-down with a local juvenile court judge.

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Wyo. State Study: Casper Needs More Elementary Schools

A state study of six school districts where officials say their classrooms are overcrowded supports what Natrona County School District officials have concluded: The district is experiencing an enrollment influx and needs more elementary school classrooms.

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