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Maine high school graduation rate up, but proficiency lags

Maine's high school graduation rate has gone up 6 percent over the past four years, according to the state Department of Education. Right now, the gap between the overall number of graduates in Maine and those that make it to commencement having mastered reading and math is around 37 percent.

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Referendum defeated by five votes to build a new Wis. high school

A referendum to build a new Wisconsin Dells high school went down in defeat with only a five-vote spread between those against and in favor of the $30 million project. The current high school would have been remodeled and converted to a middle school.

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New York district votes to close two elementary schools

After nearly two years of trying to plot the best course of action, the Kenmore-Tonawanda Union Free School District's board voted to close two elementary schools and merge the middle school into the high school. The district will sell the two elementary buildings with the remaining elementary schools housing pre-K through four.

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Sauk Prairie, Wis., passes $34+ million school referendum

District voters approved a $34.6 million dollar building referendum that will include the $18.4 million construction of a new elementary school building. Only a short time ago, the district's board was actually considering drastic cuts to make up for a $2 million shortfall.

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Florida bill to allow guns in schools passes subcommittee

The Florida House's Justice Appropriations Subcommittee approved a bill that would allow local school boards or principals to designate employees—typically former or current law enforcement officers—to carry guns on campus. If passed, HB 753 would require trained officials to complete 40 hours of school safety training.

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North Carolina's public school crime and violence down

In the 2012-2013 school year, the total number of North Carolina's reportable acts of school crime and violence, suspensions and the use of corporal punishment continue their downward trend. According to the 2012-2013 Consolidated Data Report presented to State Board of Education, expulsions did increase.

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Los Angeles system seeking solutions to reduce food waste at schools

In Los Angeles Unified, the nation's second-largest school system, students throw out at least $100,000 worth of food a day, amounting to over $18 million a year. The district is exploring different options to reduce the food piling up in school trash cans.

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Maryland passes bill requiring prevailing wage for school projects

Maryland's General Assembly has passed a bill that could raise costs for school construction. The measure would require all school construction projects that get at least 25 percent of their money from the state to pay workers the prevailing wage.

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Teachers to be added under new school budget in N.J. district

The North Brunswick Board of Education has approved a tentative budget for 2014-2015 that would raise school taxes by 2 percent and includes $11.95 million in state aid. In addition to filling several new therapist, administrative and aide positions, the district will be adding more than 10 teachers.

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Florida county proposes taking over a charter high school

After a decade of not opening any schools, Pinellas County wants to launch a third new school this year. The plan came about after Gulf Coast Academy, an alternative charter high school for at-risk students in Largo, decided to close its doors. Two other charters are also calling it quits this summer.

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