HPV Vaccine Now Required for All 7th-Grade Students in Rhode Island

Seventh-grade students in Rhode Island will be required to get the HPV vaccine to attend public or private schools this fall, the Providence Journal reports.


Discipline Disparities Are Focus of White House Summit

The department's civil rights data collection shows that more than 3 million students are suspended or expelled each year (including 4-year-olds).


School Bullying Policies Fall Short, Fail to Protect All Students, Report Says

A new report finds that many school districts lack bullying policies, despite state laws requiring them. And the policies that are in place often overlook LGBT students.


Title IX Already Protects LGBT Students, Amendment Unnecessary, Group Says

The U.S. Senate voted down an amendment designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students from discrimination and harassment in public schools. But such protections are already required under Title IX, the National School Boards Association said.


Cyberbullying Is Now a Crime in New Zealand. Is That the Right Approach?

A New Zealand law sets penalties, including fines and jail time, for "harmful digital communication." But experts say criminalizing cyberbullying is problematic and possibly counterproductive.


Student Fights, Fear of Harm at School Have Declined, Newest Federal Data Show

A new report released today includes the most recent federal data on issues like school-related deaths, student victimization, bullying, drugs, and school safety measures.


LGBT Student Bullying Protections to Be Included in ESEA Reauthorization Debate

The forthcoming bullying debate will prompt the first votes on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the right to same-sex marriage.


Three Ways the Feds Hope to Boost Participation in Summer Meal Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture hopes to see 200 million meals served at participating summer meals sites this year, an increase of 13 million from last year's total.


Vaccines: California Governor Signs Bill Eliminating Most Exemptions

California joins West Virginia and Mississippi in eliminating broad philosophical exemptions from state vaccine requirements.


N.Y. Governor: Education Department Must Enforce Transgender Student Law

Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for greater enforcement after the New York ACLU released a "truly disturbing report" detailing violations of a state law designed to protect students from harassment or unfair treatment on the basis of gender identity or expression.


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