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Cajon Valley Union School District selects SunPower for 24 sites
-- Staff writer, PV Magazine

California: February 21, 2017 -- This spring, Cajon Valley Union School District (CVUSD) and SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ:SPWR) will begin construction of SunPower® Helix™ solar systems at 24 school sites in the El Cajon region of San Diego County. The solar installations totaling 4.6 megawatts (MW) will primarily include carports, as well as a few rooftop systems, and should be operational by the end of this year.


Two more bills to fund school repairs are considered by Legislature
-- JAYME FRASER , Missoulian (Mont.)

Montana: February 21, 2017 -- The chief architect of the state budget in the Senate has proposed two bills to help schools pay for major maintenance projects, which will likely compete with three other measures previously introduced.


Detroit parents and students ask to be involved school closure decision
-- Bryce Huffman , Michigan Radio

Michigan: February 21, 2017 -- Detroit parents and students want the state to hear from them before closing their schools. Twenty-five public schools in Detroit could be shut down for having poor test scores. The state School Reform Office, which released the list of schools that might close, has yet to meet with parents or students from these schools.


Fishtown Schoolyard To Become Green Space
-- Steve Tawa, CBS 3 Philadelphia

Pennsylvania: February 21, 2017 -- An asphalt schoolyard at the Alexander Adaire School in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia (at Thompson and Palmer Streets), is being transformed into a green space. Like many older Philadelphia schools, Adaire has impervious surfaces, including its rundown asphalt paving. Schoolyard concept design by Ian Smith Design Group for Friends of Adaire. Rendering by Kirk Fromm. (Courtesy of The Trust for Public Land) Schoolyard concept design by Ian Smith Design Group for Friends of Adaire. Rendering by Kirk Fromm. (Courtesy of The Trust for Public Land) The $700,000 infrastructure project includes upgraded play equipment, and climate-smart trees and a rain garden to reduce storm-water runoff.


Farm to School and School Garden Fund Tax Check Off
-- BCT staff writer, Burlington County Times (N.J.)

New Jersey: February 21, 2017 -- New Jersey taxpayers have an opportunity to support Farm to School activities in the Garden State through the “Farm to School and School Garden Fund.” This check-off can be found on Line 64, number 19, on the New Jersey State income tax form. This new fund was established to allow taxpayers to donate a portion of their tax refund or make a contribution to help establish school gardens and purchase equipment and educational materials to promote students' consumption of local produce.


Water testing reveals elevated lead level at Alpine Elementary
-- Trudy Balcom, White Mountain Independent (Ariz.)

Arizona: February 21, 2017 -- ALPINE — The results of water testing from samples taken at Alpine Elementary School have revealed one sample with an elevated lead level. The tap at one sink in a school restroom showed lead levels at 23 parts per billion (ppb). The Environmental Protection Agency’s acceptable lead level for tap water is 15 ppb. Shirley Brazel, administrator at Alpine Elementary, said the school only learned about the test results Thursday, but said they took steps to immediately address the problem.


Fla. Senate panel approves charter school facilities plan, but...
-- Travis Pillow , redefinED

Florida: February 21, 2017 -- A Florida Senate panel this morning approved a bill that, for the first time, would distribute local tax revenue evenly to charter and traditional public schools. But it also stalled a measure that would increase districts’ local taxing authority. And school districts argue that measure must be connected to the charter funding proposal. The ensuing debate raised new questions over how Florida lawmakers plan to overhaul school facilities funding for both charter and traditional public schools.


Proposed bill would allow charter schools to occupy empty, underutilized school buildings
-- Winnie Wright, KTHV

Arkansas: February 21, 2017 -- LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A bill in the 91st General Assembly would allow charter schools to move in to vacant or underutilized public school buildings.


Charter School Authorizing Panel Membership Requirements Stripped By Arkansas Senate
-- Jacob Kauffman, KUAR Public Radio

Arkansas: February 21, 2017 -- A bill to open-up membership in the public charter school authorizing panel to anyone in the public – without requirement – sailed through the Arkansas Senate on Monday. Currently the panel that makes recommendations on whether charter schools should open, close, or expand is made up of Department of Education employees.


BOE officials struggle with use of local school facilities
-- Heather Mullinix, Crossville Chronicle (Tenn.)

Tennessee: February 21, 2017 -- School officials want guidance on which community groups should be charged for use of school facilities and which should not. “What we run into are people who say, ‘This is for the benefit of the students of Cumberland County. It benefits our kids so why are we paying?’” Travis Isaacson, chief financial officer, said during the board’s work session Feb. 11. “We get people who say these are public facilities. ‘We pay taxes. Why should we pay to use the building?’

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