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Vermont governor proposes cuts in prison education program

A proposal by Gov. Peter Shumlin would cut $1.7 million from the Community High School of Vermont’s budget next year by closing a number of the field offices that support the high school completion program offered within the Department of Corrections.

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109 schools in New York reported zero bullying incidents

Last year, 109 of the 403 schools in the eight Western New York counties made zero reports under the Dignity Act, according to data released by the State Education Department. More than half of the region's schools self-reported five or fewer incidents of harassment and discrimination.

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Wyoming House approves bill allowing guns in schools

Legislation that would allow people with concealed-gun permits to carry firearms into public schools and government meetings won approval from the Wyoming House of Representatives. The bill would repeal “gun-free zones” carved out around elementary and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities.

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Texas lawmaker proposes bill that would allow weapons in classrooms

The proposed HBl 868 bill, titled the Teacher's Protection Act, would give teachers the right to use deadly force on campus, on a school bus or at school-sponsored activities to defend not only themselves and students, but school property.

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On Common Core, governor urges Louisiana school board to offer alternative test

Gov. Bobby Jindal, who opposes Common Core academic standards, has no legal authority over Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. He has instead used an executive order to issue a strong suggestion for testing alternatives, rather than a requirement for other assessment options.

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Increases for Wisconsin's rural districts not enough, officials say

As Gov. Scott Walker is set to propose a $19 million increase in money for rural schools, education officials believe it doesn't go far enough to help struggling districts in less populated parts of the state.

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South Dakota school might side-step consolidation

State legislators gave initial approval to a proposal that would allow districts that are not a full K12 to continue operating if the enrollment per grade is proportionate to 100 for K12. The first beneficiary would be the Big Stone City's K8 school.

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USDA report shows Wisconsin schools could buy more local milk

Wisconsin school districts buy plenty of local produce for their lunchrooms but could do better in buying local dairy products, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture survey. The census also shows 59 percent of the 315 districts that responded are involved in the Farm to School program.

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Ill. threatens to withhold funds from schools that skip Common Core test

A showdown over state testing is intensifying, with the Illinois State Board of Education threatening to pull as much as hundreds of millions of dollars from school districts that don't administer the new PARCC assessment exam to students.

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Dropout age increased to 18 in Kentucky

The boards of education in all 173 school districts have approved a policy raising the dropout age from 16 to 18. The Kentucky Department of Education provided each district with a $10,000 grant to plan for implementation of the higher dropout age.

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