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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.