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STEM: Pa. school districts work to start initiatives

For some local freshmen, the pathway to a future career in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — might have started with the challenge of walking barefoot over eight dozen eggs without cracking a shell.

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Anchorage School Board considers loan program for space-strapped charter schools

Efforts to reduce facility costs at charter schools have cornered some in unexpected places around Anchorage. Winterberry bounced among two churches and an old U.S. Geological Survey facility before moving to its current newly built home

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Detroit schools coalition will hit books in a hurry

With the city's historic municipal bankruptcy squarely in the rearview mirror, Snyder and others are turning a greater focus toward repairing Detroit's vast network of publicly financed schools run by 14 different operators: Detroit Public Schools, the Education Achievement Authority and a dozen different charter school authorizers.

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Local schools sue New Jersey for preschool, more funding

New Jersey should be required to provide more school aid and universal preschool for 16 mostly poor, rural districts, attorneys representing the districts argued in court. The Education Law Center said the districts are unable to provide an adequate education to their students due to cuts in state funding.

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LAUSD among first of large districts to switch to antibiotic-free chicken

The Los Angeles district announced a new antibiotic-free standard for chicken products supplied to its schools, making it among the first of the country's large school districts to make the switch. The new standards will require that all chicken products must be produced under a USDA Process Verified Program.

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Tennessee county school board backs expansive building plan

Rutherford County Schools officials adopted a $234.63 million building plan that is expected to eliminate 57 of the 146 portables classrooms currently in use. A new elementary school building will be built by the start of the 2016-17 school year if the county commission funds the plan.

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Board discusses suing Recovery School District to stop new school openings

In Louisiana, the Orleans Parish School Board is considering suing the Recovery School District (RSD) to prevent it from reopening shuttered schools. Board members contend that opening new schools is within only their purview. They say the RSD was established to take over and improve failing schools.

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Nonprofit starts visiting school sites to house homeless students

After the number of homeless students in San Francisco's public schools has more than doubled in the last decade to over 2,000, one nonprofit has formed a partnership with the school district to directly respond to those in need through campus visits.

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New York state education commissioner to leave for federal post

New York State’s education commissioner, John B. King Jr., will step down at the end of the year to take the second-highest-ranking job at the federal Education Department, senior adviser to Secretary Arne Duncan.

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Illinois gets second largest preschool grant

The state will receive an additional $20 million in annual federal funding to further expand preschool services. Illinois was one of 18 states selected to share in a new $226 million, four-year federal grant program to expand preschool access to high-quality, full-day programming for children from high-needs communities.

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