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State authorizes Philadelphia to tax cigarettes for school funding

Legislation that would enable Philadelphia to levy a $2-per-pack tax on cigarettes passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The Philadelphia School District had been waiting for the state to authorize a city cigarette tax in order to help close a $93 million budget gap.

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General school aid increases for 2014-2015 in Wisconsin

Many Fond du Lac area school districts will receive an increase in general Wisconsin state aid for the upcoming school year. The Fond du Lac School District is set to get an estimated $42.8 million, up 6.3 percent from last year.

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Ohio district to open first bilingual school this fall

Toledo Smart Elementary is a new K2 charter school that will teach core subjects in Spanish and English. The school will serve Spanish-speaking students as well as any student seeking to pick up a dual language.

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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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