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Chicago asks school teachers to take 7 percent pay cut

Teacher contract talks in Chicago are off to a rocky start, with the debt-burdened district demanding a 7 percent pay cut and increases in health insurance premiums.

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Massachusetts schools struggling with psychologist shortage

Schools in Massachusetts are not even close to having the recommended number of psychologists present. With a million students and approximately 900 school psychologists, there's only one psychologist per 1,100 students, which is well below the national guideline of one per 500-700 students.x

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Bill banning toxic school sites advances

The Louisiana House Education Committee advanced a bill to ban building schools on toxic waste sites. The issue flared up after the Recovery School District unveiled a plan to rebuild a school on a site that contained toxins such as lead, mercury and carcinogenic hydrocarbons.

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Georgia high school to feature veterinary science building

Cambridge High School will be the nation’s first public high school to have a building completely dedicated to veterinary science. The building will feature lab space, a classroom and a 2,160-square-foot pole barn.

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Alabama tradition of electing school superintendents may end

The Alabama House is expected to vote in the coming days on a bill that would require all 67 county school systems to switch from elected to appointed superintendents.

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Chlamydia outbreak hits Texas high school with no sex education

A Texas high school is in the middle of a chlamydia outbreak, officials say. But according to the school district's student handbook, it does not offer sexual education and states that Texas law requires more attention must be spent on abstinence than other behaviors.

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Laws on junk food in schools fail to help poor fight obesity, study says

Efforts to limit sugary drinks and junk foods in California elementary schools appear to have resulted in fewer kids who are overweight or obese, a new study finds. However, the benefits were limited to children at wealthier schools.

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Columbia City Council approves new school discipline guidelines

The Missouri city's council approved a measure to increase cooperation between the Columbia Public School District, Columbia Police Department, Boone County Sheriff’s Department and the 13th Judicial Circuit Court to improve the handling of minors who allegedly commit crimes or offenses over which the district can exercise disciplinary power.

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Teachers to walk out in Seattle over state budget

Seattle’s teachers voted to hold a one-day strike, joining colleagues in about two dozen other school districts that have staged or are planning similar walkouts to pressure state lawmakers to budget more money for lower class sizes and higher teachers’ wages.

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Missouri lawmakers hash out compromise on school transfer bill

House and Senate members spent more than a week working out the differences between their versions of a bill modifying the school transfers law, which allows children in nearly 90 unaccredited school districts to transfer to higher-performing ones.

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