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Community Eligibility Provision expanded

Millions of additional students in schools serving low-income communities across the country will be eligible to receive breakfast and lunch at no cost, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday. The department is expanding access to the Community Eligibility Provision, which is a meal service option that allows schools to provide no-cost meals to all students. Previously, at least 40% of students’ households had to be enrolled in income-based federal assistance programs to be eligible. The new rule lowers that threshold to 25%. Grants worth $30m from the Healthy Meals Incentives will be distributed to 264 rural school districts across the country. Another $30m in equipment grants will be given to states and school districts with school lunch programs. About $11m in Farm to School grants will be used to serve 1.2m children. Eight states, including California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Vermont, already allow schools to serve free meals to all of their students.

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California doubles taxes on guns and ammunition

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a law that will double taxes on guns and ammunition. The projected $159m in additional annual tax revenue will be used to enhance security at public schools and fund violence prevention programs. California becomes the only state with its own tax on guns and ammunition. Mr. Newsom, known for his support of gun restrictions, is leading a national campaign to amend the U.S. Constitution for stricter gun control measures. The law also now includes a ban on carrying guns in public places and requires microstamping technology on semiautomatic pistols. More than two dozen "sensitive places" that are off limits to firearms, including child care centers and schools. The California Rifle and Pistol Association plans to challenge the tax in court. 

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Texans prioritize teacher salaries and school funding

A new poll by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) reveals that Texans prioritize teacher salaries and funding for public schools. Seventy-three percent of Texans consider increasing teacher salaries extremely or very important, while 68% prioritize additional funding for public schools. More than half of all voters (56%) said they are aware of the Legislature’s recent efforts to create a voucher program. Of those, 50% said what they have seen, read, or heard about vouchers has made them less likely to support the program. Only 34% said they are more likely to support vouchers. Opposition against vouchers has increased across party lines and among different communities. The poll, conducted by Perception Insight, surveyed 800 registered voters in June. Among the respondents, 48% reported voting for Republicans, 35% preferred Democrats, and 17% voted independently.

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Florida school voucher funds delayed

Funds for Florida school vouchers have been delayed, causing chaos and impacting education. Delayed payments have forced some schools to use their own funds to operate. While 86% of students receiving vouchers for special needs should have access to their money this week, only 26% of "educational options" awards have received funding. About 95% of students receiving tax-credit scholarships should have their money this week. The delays have prompted complaints from parents, with some resorting to using their own funds. Step Up, the organization that administers the vouchers, has been dealing with an expanded program and new systems for processing claims, and is now working with the Florida Department of Education to address these issues. The bottleneck is expected to ease, but concerns remain about the cap on vouchers for students with special needs.

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