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School districts act to ban e-cigarettes on campus

A growing number of school districts are updating their tobacco policies to include a ban on e-cigarettes. The vapor products, which some say are safer to use than tobacco cigarettes, are not currently regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

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FCC proposes $2 billion for school, library internet

It's time for the federal E-rate program that aids schools and libraries with telecommunication costs to catch up with the wireless, 1-to-1, texting, web-surfing generation, according to the E-rate modernization proposal the Federal Communications Commission released.

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Switch made to "smart snacks" in vending machines

Under new national nutritional guidelines that kicked in this week, schools that are part of the national school lunch program can no longer sell treats such as Oreos and Fritos. The "Smart Snacks in School" program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture covers foods and drinks sold in vending machines, on cafeteria a la carte menus and for club fundraisers during school hours.

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Oregon rejects sponsorship of Montessori school

The State Board of Education rejected sponsorship of a new Montessori school in Salem, citing concerns about whether the public charter school would end up serving the disadvantaged students it targets.

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Parent group wants state to impose school transfer plan in New York

District Parent Coordinating Council is calling on state education officials to appoint a special master to develop and implement a transfer plan to find seats in good schools for all Buffalo Public Schools students who want to be transferred out of failing schools.

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Test scores flatten for middle grades, rise in high school in Tennessee

The state's latest round of results on end-of-year tests show a strong bounce in most high school subjects, but a slight drop in junior-level English and a flattening at the middle-school level after years of growth in those grades.

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Louisiana district to consider first turn-around charter school

Jefferson Parish public school officials are poised to approve a contract for their first turn-around charter school. The School Board will consider giving the national Celerity Educational Group of Los Angeles a charter to run the chronically low-performing Woodmere Elementary in Harvey.

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Troubled Normandy restarts as new school district

All staff contracts became void when the north St. Louis County district in Missouri lapsed on June 30 at midnight. Of the 102 teachers who have been offered jobs in the new district, the majority are returning teachers — those with the best attendance records, the best performance evaluations, and those who were most effective in the classroom, state education officials have said.

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Syracuse board creates bilingual kindergarten school

The New York district is creating a new school that will serve only kindergartners and may last only a year as the district phases out the current elementary school and phases in Delaware Primary. It will be the district's first "one-way bilingual immersion" program. Kindergartners whose first language is Spanish will receive 60 percent of their instruction in Spanish.

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Leadership resigning from financially troubled Hawaiin charter school

The Halau Lokahi Public Charter School's leadership has resigned, including its director and governing board. The move allows the school to stay open, but it still has deep financial problems.

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