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Impoverished N.C. school tries new program to break poverty cycle

A Charlotte elementary school is trying something new to break the cycle of poverty by creating a "micro society" at a cost of $40,000. The micro society is meant to teach the students about a society-based enterprise system. All K5 students will take part, creating a government first and then school-wide businesses where each child will have a job.

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San Diego USD gets armored vehicle

City schools police have obtained their own military-grade mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle through a federal grant. The armored mobile will be converted into a victim rescue vehicle that will be stocked with advanced medical supplies and be able to take heavy fire in case of an attack on campus.

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Kansas City mayor, superintendent ask lawmakers to uphold gun veto

Gov. Jay Nixon has blocked the bill that the Missouri Legislature passed earlier this year to arm some teachers in schools, but it may become law anyway. Kansas City Mayor Sly James and Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Green called for Missouri lawmakers to uphold Nixon's veto when they meet for the fall veto session.

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Maryland identifies $3.4 million to improve kids' routes to school

Sidewalks and paths used by elementary and middle school students across Maryland will be upgraded with $3.4 million in federal grant funding. Grants under the program, which are awarded to local jurisdictions annually, are aimed at improving safety for young students who walk or bike to school.

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Salem City one of the first in Virginia to outsource school lunch

Salem City Schools is the fifth district in the state that's outsourced all its cafeteria operations. School districts across the country are all required to meet new stringent guidelines. Salem school leaders decided to get outside help to make meeting those requirements a little easier.

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Florida county approves up to $20 million for new charter school

Palm Beach County approved a $20 million financing deal for a new charter school, despite some commissioners' concerns that charter school companies siphon money away from other public schools.

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Parents sue over Philadelphia school conditions

Several Philadelphia parents and the Parents United for Public Education group are suing over the conditions of Philadelphia’s public schools. The allegations include overcrowded classrooms, the lack of classes such as art, music, foreign language and physical education and cancelled programs for the mentally gifted.

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New Kansas City program launched to fight chronic school absenteeism

Kansas City announced a new program aimed at getting students to go to school. Volunteers will work through the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program to mentor children from kindergarten through third grade in 10 elementary schools in those three area districts.

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Recession-era school spending levels in Wisconsin match other states

Despite significant cuts to school funding, the amount of money spent on each Wisconsin public school student largely matched spending levels across the country between 2008 and 2012, according to a study released by Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. The drop by 6 percent in per-pupil spending came at a time when 19 other states were seeing similar decreases.

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Most asthmatic kids lack health management plans at school

In Chicago, most kids with asthma or food allergies don’t have a health management form on file at school. On the rare occasions when a child has died at school from an acute allergy attack or asthma attack, the children usually did not have a health management plan, or a so-called 504 Plan, a new study shows.

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