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Midfield (Ala.) schools adopt new technology to help students report bullying, other problems

The district has added a new communications tool, called Anonymous Alerts, which allows students to use their Internet-connected devices and mobile apps to communicate with school officials.

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Local N.Y. school districts opt out of federal lunch program

The regulations about what can be served became stricter and more specific — like serving a full half cup of dark green, red/orange vegetables and dried beans/peas at least once a week and putting them in a separate cup.

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Parents, Ohio school district resolve dispute over service dog, allergic teacher

The parents of an autistic first-grader have reached an agreement with the Athens school district over how to accommodate both the girl’s service dog and a special-education teacher with a severe allergy to dog dander.

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St. Louis City Schools only trate “fair” with state auditor’s office

By a very narrow margin the St. Louis Public School District received a rating of “Fair” from the office of Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich Wednesday.

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Will Utah’s school grading system erode support for public schools?

State lawmakers say the letter grades, A through F, assigned Tuesday to traditional and charter schools will force educators to pay attention to inequities that have been ignored for too long.

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Seattle schools start Wednesday as teachers approve contract

The new contract was approved by a show of hands at Benaroya Hall with about half of the district’s roughly 3,000 teachers in attendance.

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Education chief: maybe start school later in day

School districts would still be free to set their own start times, Duncan insisted in a broadcast interview, but he pointed to research that backs up his comments that rested students are ready students.

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Americans grade math as the most valuable school subject

Math is the clear winner when Americans are asked to say which school subject has been most valuable to them in their lives, followed by language arts—English, literature, or reading—and science. Math and English were also the top two subjects when Gallup first asked this question in 2002.

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Enrollment plunges in Central New York schools, spurring some to think merger

The vast majority of districts in six Central New York counties will start school this week with fewer students than they had a decade ago.

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In Arizona, district funding diverted to online schools

Less than 4 percent of Arizona students took an online class in the 2011-12 school year, but it’s enough for some school districts to lose millions of dollars in state funding.

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