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After years-long racial bullying saga, New Jersey district pays to settle

A complaint filed years ago with the New Jersey Attorney General's Office alleging discrimination, harassment, and intimidation in the Franklin Township district against a young girl has been settled. The district will pay $75,000 to the girl's family and allocate money to an anti-bullying awareness program. The school board also must make sure employees are properly trained to address bullying complaints.

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Illinois school district wins $9.8 million settlement

Gillespie School District won its case against Union Pacific Railroad Company and has been awarded more than $9.8 million. The district sued on behalf of an elementary school, which was condemned by the Illinois State Department of Education after a mine subsidence caused major structural damage.

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Impoverished N.C. school tries new program to break poverty cycle

A Charlotte elementary school is trying something new to break the cycle of poverty by creating a "micro society" at a cost of $40,000. The micro society is meant to teach the students about a society-based enterprise system. All K5 students will take part, creating a government first and then school-wide businesses where each child will have a job.

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San Diego USD gets armored vehicle

City schools police have obtained their own military-grade mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle through a federal grant. The armored mobile will be converted into a victim rescue vehicle that will be stocked with advanced medical supplies and be able to take heavy fire in case of an attack on campus.

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Kansas City mayor, superintendent ask lawmakers to uphold gun veto

Gov. Jay Nixon has blocked the bill that the Missouri Legislature passed earlier this year to arm some teachers in schools, but it may become law anyway. Kansas City Mayor Sly James and Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Green called for Missouri lawmakers to uphold Nixon's veto when they meet for the fall veto session.

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Maryland identifies $3.4 million to improve kids' routes to school

Sidewalks and paths used by elementary and middle school students across Maryland will be upgraded with $3.4 million in federal grant funding. Grants under the program, which are awarded to local jurisdictions annually, are aimed at improving safety for young students who walk or bike to school.

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Salem City one of the first in Virginia to outsource school lunch

Salem City Schools is the fifth district in the state that's outsourced all its cafeteria operations. School districts across the country are all required to meet new stringent guidelines. Salem school leaders decided to get outside help to make meeting those requirements a little easier.

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Florida county approves up to $20 million for new charter school

Palm Beach County approved a $20 million financing deal for a new charter school, despite some commissioners' concerns that charter school companies siphon money away from other public schools.

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Parents sue over Philadelphia school conditions

Several Philadelphia parents and the Parents United for Public Education group are suing over the conditions of Philadelphia’s public schools. The allegations include overcrowded classrooms, the lack of classes such as art, music, foreign language and physical education and cancelled programs for the mentally gifted.

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New Kansas City program launched to fight chronic school absenteeism

Kansas City announced a new program aimed at getting students to go to school. Volunteers will work through the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program to mentor children from kindergarten through third grade in 10 elementary schools in those three area districts.

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