One Virginia School District Sues State to Arm School Employees

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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.


Shutdown Resolution Averts School Lunch Crisis

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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.


239 Vermont Schools to Get Grants to Improve School Safety

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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'

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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.


Corbyn promises free primary school meals for all

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says he wants to extend free school meals to all primary school pupils in England. Mr Corbyn wants to pay for this by introducing VAT on private school fees. Labour says this would improve the health of young children by "ending a subsidy to the privileged few". But the Independent Schools Council said the "sums do not add up" for the proposed charge on private schools. All state school educated pupils in the first three years of primary school already receive free meals, under a scheme introduced by the coalition government.