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31 South Dakota districts started school with open teaching positions

Schools are losing teachers and many are blaming low pay, according to the School Administrators of South Dakota, which released results from a survey of 136 South Dakota school districts. Most responding districts reported using stop-gap measures for getting a teacher in each classroom, including shuffling staff, hiring substitutes and using student teachers.

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Portland board wants less of $16+ million windfall dedicated to savings

Before Oregon's Portland School Board members vote upon how to spend $16.8 million in newly discovered money, they want to see spending alternatives besides placing the money in reserves and hiring more teachers. better-than-expected property tax revenues and lower-than-expected health care and benefits expenses have created the windfall, which wasn’t factored into the school year's budget.

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L.A. schools police to relinquish some weapons

LAUSD school police will relinquish some of the military weaponry it acquired through a federal program that furnishes local law enforcement with surplus equipment. The move comes as education and civil rights groups have called on the U.S. Department of Defense to halt the practice for schools. The district will return grenade launchers but intends to keep rifles and an armored vehicle.

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Calif. district to open school-based health center for students

School officials broke ground for a new school-based health center for students, set to open in 2015. It will provide free medical, mental and dental health care to high school students with money to run the clinic coming from grants, school district bonds and a loan from the city of San Leandro.

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School efficiency chair recommends consolidation incentives in Kansas

A controversial new school efficiency panel has drafted a list of policy recommendations, including incentives for Kansas school districts to consolidate, and potential restrictions on teacher bargaining rights and state aid for bond issues.

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Florida district's school guards will not be armed

The Manatee School District’s new elementary school security guards will be unarmed due to legal concerns. The district will wait for a legal interpretation decision to be made by Florida's attorney general on schools and weapons. The decision is another twist in the district’s controversial decision to hire a private firm, Sarasota Security Patrol Inc., to post armed guards at its elementaries.

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New Pennsylvania bills aims to arm school teachers, employees

Pennsylvania law forbids guns in schools, but there is a carve-out for firearms used for lawful purposes. A new bill would clarify ambiguous language and offer the option of extra protection for rural districts that rely on state police.

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Wisconsin school report cards show modest improvement from last year

Schools and districts in the state made modest gains in performance this past school year, according to report cards released by the Department of Public Instruction. Overall, four out of five schools and nearly all districts met or exceeded expectations. There were 116 schools that received the highest rating, up from 86 the previous year.

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San Francisco to require private schools to be seismically evaluated

San Francisco will become the first city in California to close a major loophole in laws that are supposed to keep schoolchildren safe during earthquakes. The city's board of supervisors approved a law that would require private schools to find out if classroom buildings would collapse in an earthquake.

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University of North Carolina revamping teacher education

A proposed program redesign at the university would raise the requirements for many aspiring preschool, elementary and middle school teachers. Instead of offering a teaching bachelor’s degree, the school plans to offer a master’s of arts in teaching program that could be completed in about one additional year with undergraduate or summer course work.

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