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Md. Liquor Tax Starts Funding School Projects

The Maryland Department of Public Works gave the go ahead yesterday for $18 million in projects for schools to be funded by revenues from several counties' new alcohol taxes. 

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Schools Try To Improve Pedestrian Safety

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About one-third of the students who go to public school in Montgomery County walk to class every day. It's a number school officials and county leaders would like to see increase, but they face an uphill battle, considering it isn't always safe to be a pedestrian in the county.

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Supreme Court Considers Disabilities Act Dispute

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case that asks whether teachers in religious schools are exempt from civil rights laws. The court's eventual decision will have profound implications for the nation's religious institutions and the people who work in them.
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USDA Wants To Limit Potatoes In School Lunches

The Agriculture Department plans to limit potato consumption among schoolchildren to two servings a week. But politicians and farmers in potato-growing states such as Maine say the spud is being unfairly targeted. As it turns out, schoolchildren have strong opinions about potatoes too.
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Thieves Scam Aid From Online Education Sites

The Department of Education says that as distance learning has grown so has fraud. An inspector general's report found that scam artists are taking advantage of the popularity of online education to steal federal education money.
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Do Civil Rights Laws Apply To Parochial Schools?

A teacher at a Lutheran church school in Michigan was fired after invoking her rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. On Wednesday, her case goes before the Supreme Court. At issue is whether such teachers are "ministers" and should be considered exempt from the nation's civil rights laws.
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New D.C. Gardening Program Takes Root

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Local schools are starting to reap the benefits of a gardening program introduced as part of the Healthy Schools Act last year.

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Ala. Schools Must Check Students Immigration Status

Alabama schools are struggling to deal with the fallout after a tough immigration law went into effect last week. While the law is not supposed to lead to children being denied an education or their parents' deportation, immigrants are fearful.
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U.S. Family Signs Up For Extreme Schooling In Russia

When Clifford Levy was posted to Moscow for The New York Times in 2006, he and his wife Julie Dressner decided to immerse their three children fully by sending them to a progressive Russian school. David Greene talks to the couple about what they call their "family's experiment with extreme schooling."

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