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Contract keeps Boston staff stuck in school with no work

Because their contract classifies them as year-round employees, dozens of Boston Public Schools applied behavior analysis specialists who support students with special needs are spending two weeks sitting in a school cafeteria with little work to do as there are no students there needing services.

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Wake County to add 13 new schools, reassign students

The North Carolina school district plans to open 13 new schools over the next three years; more than 40,000 new students are projected to join the school system by 2024.

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New York City's first 'green' school to open in September

The new high-tech PS 62 will generate solar energy through some 2,000 photovoltaic panels while more than 80 underground geo-exchange pumps will supply the school's heating and air-conditioning systems. A wind turbine also will generate energy.

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Poll finds most back healthy school meals

A new national poll found that 86 percent of Americans support the nutritional standards required by the law, which are aimed at providing schoolchildren with more fruits and vegetables and fewer foods high in calories and sodium.

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New Calif. bill would protect school contractors’ payments

A newly amended bill would allow contractors whose “lease-leaseback” school construction agreements are declared illegal to keep their payments. The legislation is aimed at counteracting the impacts of a state appellate court decision in June that a construction contract issued by Fresno USD violated both competitive bidding and conflict-of-interest statutes.

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South Carolina district says no to Confederate flag displays

The Charleston County School District has banned students from displaying the Confederate flag emblem on campus clothing, jewelry, other apparel or even displayed prominently on vehicles driven to school. Students will be asked to remove the emblem and discipline will be on a case-by-case basis.

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Broward schools OK capital budget, but priorities a matter of debate

Broward County schools dealt with a new type of problem Tuesday: how to spend an extra $154 million in capital funds. Board members voted to tentatively approve the $2.6 billion capital budget. But they withheld $12 million worth of new buses. They will decide later whether to fund those or other priorities.

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Legislator calls for federal questioning of Pinellas schools

A U.S. representative from Florida is calling for a federal review after a newspaper investigation raised serious questions about the use of federal dollars for poor children and the overall quality of education students are receiving in five predominantly black elementary schools.

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'Restorative justice' key in Jefferson school discipline plan

When Jefferson Parish public school students acted out in school last year, they could expect a swift reprimand and even the prospect of being arrested. This year, the district is implementing the "restorative justice" discipline method in its 80-plus schools to help avoid escalating scenarios.

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Chicago charter, neighborhood school highlight funding disparity

Neighborhood and magnet schools are set to receive significant cuts in areas such as special education and busing, while charter schools are virtually untouched by these reductions, an analysis of the 2015-16 school year budget found.

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