Shutdown Resolution Averts School Lunch Crisis

U.S. News

Department of Agriculture officials warned that a protracted shutdown would jeopardize the programs' funding sources, saying that states had adequate funds to support school meal programs through the month of February and into March. That led nonprofit organizations like the School Nutrition Association to urge Congress and President Donald Trump to resolve the impasse before any lapse in school meal funding occured.

One Virginia School District Sues State to Arm School Employees

U.S. News

Lee County isn't arguing that school employees who register as special conservators of the peace be allowed to carry firearms on school property," he says. Instead, it's arguing that the program the school board crafted over the period of two years and unanimously passed last summer, which it calls the School Security Agent Program, qualifies under Virginia law as an exception to the prohibition of firearms on school property because it's sponsored by the school – a quasi loophole in the state code.

239 Vermont Schools to Get Grants to Improve School Safety

U.S. News

Scott says the state will continue to work to enhance the safety of the state's schools, including leveraging $1 million from the Homeland Security Grant Program to support planning and training and working with the Legislature to fund additional improvements.

Top state schools 'dominated by richest families'

BBC News

As about 500,000 families in England are allocated secondary school places, research shows that the richest children dominate top state schools. Analysis of official data shows 43% of pupils at outstanding secondaries are from the wealthiest 20% of families. The study from education charity Teach First also shows poorer pupils are half as likely as the richest to be heading to an outstanding secondary school. Ministers said plans for new grammars would create more good school places. Under the admissions code, state schools in England must follow strict rules to ensure fair access to school places.

A proposed STEM school causes the first divide among the new group of school board members

Los Angeles Times

Should the Los Angeles Unified School District oversee the education of the city's disadvantaged students? Or are those students better off when others step in to do the job? With the growth of charter schools backed by some of the city's most prominent people, such questions have long been a hot topic. Last week they found a new focus, in a debate over a proposed science and math school sponsored and overseen by the state. Discussion of whether or not to back it caused the first major divide on the newly configured L.A. Board of Education, at its first public meeting of substance.