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63 Buffalo teachers laid off just before start of school

Just three weeks before the start of the school year, the Buffalo Public School District laid off 63 teachers, as well as six deans of students.

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SCOTUS ruling might handcuff school safety

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling forbidding police from searching suspects' cellphones may inadvertently make schools less safe, some principals, school parents and students say.

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Six Maine schools to recruit students from Kazakhstan

The student population in Maine has been steadily decreasing over the past several decades, according to the state Department of Education. Now, four Maine high schools and two Maine colleges hope to recruit students from a country that, so far, has not typically sent many young people to Maine: Kazakhstan.

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Louisiana pre-schools could soon tap into a $250 million federal pool, officials say

Louisiana's pre-schools, which advocates say are sorely underfunded, might soon benefit from a $250 million federal grant program, U.S. Department of Education officials announced. The new competitive grant pool will help states develop and expand early childhood programs in high-need communities.

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Smart snacks in schools: What's in and what's out

Under the new “Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards, which took effect nationwide in July 2014, most foods sold in schools will have limited fat, calories, sugar and sodium.

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Baltimore City Schools scrambling to fill vacant teaching positions

The clock is ticking on the first day of class, and Baltimore City school leaders are working against it, trying to fill nearly 200 vacant teaching positions.

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More cuts announced for Philadelphia schools

The cash-strapped city school district will cut another $32 million in services to free up enough money to start classes on time, but massive layoffs still loom if state lawmakers don't approve a cigarette tax, officials said Friday.

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Federal grants to fund before-school, after-school programs in Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Education said that 19 schools and two school districts in the state have been awarded federal grants to fund before- and after-school programs. The 21st Century Community Learning Center grants are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and will support programs for five years.

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New Orleans has highest percentage of private school students

New Orleans has the highest percentage of students attending private schools of any metro area in the country. A new study from the website Trulia, reported by CityLab and Time.com, found that 25.1 percent of students in the New Orleans metro area attend private school, ranking it first above Honolulu and San Francisco.

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Vermont to allow students to play for non-school teams

High school student-athletes can also compete and practice with an out-of-school team, the Vermont Principals' Association ruled, a policy change in response to last fall's debated topic that involved a local soccer club.

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