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Local districts finally reap benefits of $9 billion construction bond
-- Harold Pierce,

California: September 7, 2017 -- Local school districts are beginning to see the results of a hard-fought campaign last year to pass Proposition 51, a $9 billion state construction bond. The State of California sold its first round of bonds, totaling $433 million, and allocated funds this week. It gave priority funding to school projects that have long been completed, but never received promised matching dollars from the state.

Calvin Coolidge H.S. Finally Set for Upgrade
-- James Wright,

District of Columbia: September 7, 2017 -- One of the District of Columbia’s storied high schools will be upgraded after waiting several years for other institutions to go through the process. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), D.C. Council members Robert White (D-At Large) and Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) joined D.C. Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson, community leaders, alumni and students at the groundbreaking of Calvin Coolidge Senior High School on Sept. 1 at the institution’s Northwest campus.

Addressing mold early can net savings for distric
-- Amelia Harper, Education Dive

National: September 6, 2017 -- The old adage “A stitch in time saves nine” aptly applies to issues such as the development of mold and other maintenance concerns in schools. This problem can easily occur, especially in areas of high humidity or in the wake of plumbing issues or natural disasters. However, it can also be easily addressed if handled right away. Delay can cause massive costs for school districts in terms of repairs, as well as more sick days for both teachers and students.

Erie students grow healthy food in school garden and find peace of mind
-- Wendy McMillan, Times-Call Lifestyles

Colorado: September 6, 2017 -- The Red Hawk Elementary School back-to-school night on Aug. 29 had a special bloom about it — parents and community members were greeted at the school's entrance by a colorful, fresh bounty of tri-colored cherry tomatoes, corn on the cob, beets, cantaloupe, turnips, basil, carrots, heirloom tomatoes and more. Alongside the annual meet-and-greet opportunity, the evening included the first ever student-run Farmers Market, which featured produce freshly harvested from the school's own garden.

Hillsborough officials: New sales tax may be the only way to fix schools
-- Marlene Sokol, Tampa Bay Times

Florida: September 5, 2017 -- TAMPA — Hillsborough County school officials say they have little choice but to seek voter approval for a sales tax that would help rebuild a system plagued by broken air conditioners, leaking roofs and other problems caused by years of delayed maintenance. But that won't happen, they said, without a campaign that highlights the good they do and the importance of a strong school system.