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Providence officials define role of school police resource officers

Police and school leaders signed a memorandum of understanding that governs the relationship of the schools with the Providence Police Student Resources officers and gives principals the final say over school discipline.

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State tosses out test results for entire Seattle elementary school

Washington has thrown out the math and reading test scores for Beacon Hill Elementary — a first in the state’s history of high-stakes testing — after finding many answers to multiple-choice questions changed from wrong to right.

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Wisc. aid for school districts will increase $85.5 million over last year

General state aid for Wisconsin's public school districts increased by $94.4 million from last year, an increase of 2.1 percent. The actual amount of aid that the state’s 424 public school districts will receive is $85.5 million more than due to statutory reductions to general state aid for private voucher schools in Milwaukee and independent charter schools supported by state tax dollars.

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S.C. school safety task force: more lockdown drills, officers needed

A school safety task force will recommend that South Carolina schools practice more safety lockdown drills, have more school resource officers and more school psychologists. The task force will also recommend the creation of a risk and vulnerability assessment team or teams that would check the school safety plans of every school and district.

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Indiana school district defends plan to allow alcohol on school grounds

A plan to serve alcohol on school grounds has drawn criticism from the community, but Lebanon Community School Corporation is defending the decision. Under new policies that the school board will vote on next week, certain events outside school hours would provide the option through a catering company to bring in beer and wine.

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New charter schools unlikely in Massachusetts

For the first time in 15 years, Massachusetts education officials probably will not be approving any new independently run charter schools this year, a prospect that is stunning proponents and applicants.

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Yoga, black labs help open doors at school for troubled kids

At Minnesota's River Bend, teachers try yoga and other strategies to help children control their own emotions. They hope that some can leave the school's locked corridors eventually and return to a traditional classroom. While yoga won't cure a behavioral disorder, it seems to be helping some kids.

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Downey USD settles transgender discrimination claim

A California school district settled a claim with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights that alleged officials discriminated against a transgender elementary school student. Downey USD agreed, among other things, to give the student access to female-dedicated facilities and to provide students with age-appropriate information on gender identity.

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Baltimore County to expand school security

The Maryland county plans to spend $9.8 million over the next three years to expand the school security system. By the end of the program, every Baltimore County public school will have a network of surveillance cameras that police can monitor remotely. Every school door would be locked and require an identification card to open.

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Five new magnet schools recommended for N.C. county

A Wake County school board committee backed a proposal to add five new magnet schools next school year that would increase access for students to take courses in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Under the proposal, the magnet schools would be part of the district's new K-12 immersion/global studies theme.

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