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More kids to get free school breakfast under law, but some districts feel financial squeeze

This fall, more than 100 additional low-income schools will be required to provide free breakfast to all students during school hours under Colorado's "Breakfast After the Bell" law. Some administrators say the new eligibility threshold means they'll lose money on the program and be forced to compensate by taking money from classrooms.

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New debate over California school reserve cap

The debate over how much money school districts should be allowed to sock away has been resurrected in California as lawmakers reconvene over the next month. School finance leaders and education officials have launched a last-ditch effort in recent days to persuade the Legislature to lift new limits on so-called “rainy day funds.”

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Arizona educators back legal marijuana for school funding

A proposed 15 percent tax on marijuana would raise about $40 million a year, even after paying the costs of setting up a regulatory agency. Half of that is earmarked to pay for full-day kindergarten, a program the state used to fund but cut during the recession, with the other half for general education needs.

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State to pay for Oklahoma juniors to take ACT

The state Education Department will pick up the $1.5 million tab for every public high school junior in Oklahoma to take the ACT college-preparatory test this spring. The pilot program will give the opportunity to take the test to as many 22,000 juniors who otherwise might not have taken the ACT.

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Kansas district seeks emergency funds to handle refugee enrollment

The Wichita school district is seeking nearly $1 million from the state’s extraordinary need fund for schools, citing a large number of refugees. The district expects about 220 refugees total who do not speak English and need help for post-traumatic stress syndrome, emotional handicaps and behavior issues from their experiences.

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High school students face random drug testing at local Wisconsin district

With illegal drugs creeping into the town of Crivitz, the school district decided to deter its students from drug use by randomly drug testing high school students. Because of regulations, the school will only drug test students involved in any extracurricular activities or students who buy passes to park on school property.

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More Loiusiana schools offering online classes

Several school systems and charter schools are offering virtual learning options as a way to attract home-schooled students, prevent dropouts and give students an easier way to balance lives that often involve working to help their families.

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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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