April 2013 Archives

Many school districts are changing codes of conduct to limit the use of out-of-school suspension and expulsion, but resources needed to make those changes are often limited.


A new Arkansas law lists ways for educators to meet "the comprehensive needs of Arkansas children at each stage of a child's development from birth to postsecondary education or career."


After the devastating school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., in December, state lawmakers around the country have proposed hundreds of ways to improve school security.


Instead of exclusively focusing on rules and consequences, the document dedicates pages to prevention and intervention strategies that are intended to change students' behavior.


The budget increase would have provided nearly $1 million to hire additional police officers who would have been stationed at each of the district's seven schools.


While public health research has helped reduce deaths from car crashes and drowning, a ban on federal funding for firearms research has crippled the investigation of gun violence and how to best prevent it.


A school district's use of a "timeout room" did not violate the constitutional rights of a student with developmental disabilities, a federal appeals court has ruled.


A new study on the medical consequences of the popular Cinnamon Challenge shows more proof that schools can add valuable context to cultural trends.


As Detroit moves to embrace restorative justice, figuring out when restorative justice doesn't work is still problematic.


The physical, psychological, and health costs of schools seeking commercial sponsorships may harm students more than help them, according to a new study.


The U.S. Senate may discuss a proposal that addresses, to an extent, school-based mental health care services.


The National School Boards Association has labeled the use of out-of-school suspensions a "crisis" in a new report. The NSBA's new policy guide, developed jointly with the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign, for school board members urges change, citing statistics that show 3.3 million students were suspended out of school during the 2009-10 school year, including one in six black students. "School board members should lead the charge to reduce, if not eliminate, the practice of out-of-school suspensions and instead push comprehensive strategies for preventing the removal of students from school for disciplinary reasons," reads the introduction to "Addressing ...


The USDA received thousands of comments on its proposed regulations for foods and drinks sold in vending machines, school stores, and a la carte lunch lines.


The Obama administration has said it will share more complete model plans for emergency planning for schools in May.


In his budget proposal, President Barack Obama pitches new money for mental health initiatives, school security, improvements to school climate, and school kitchens.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are about 535,000 children ages 1 to 5 nationwide who have elevated blood levels, which can have an effect on academic achievement.


U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack successfully lobbied Congress to preserve money for meat inspecting by letting him cut money from a program to upgrade school kitchens.


Researchers found that a smaller share of students who received free or reduced-price lunches that had to meet higher nutritional standards were overweight than among students who did not eat school lunches.


The authors cite a statistic they label "most disturbing": Some 36 percent of all black male students with disabilities were suspended out of school during the 2009-10 school year.


Researchers who analyzed the NRA school safety proposal say it's expensive to implement, could increase the potential for injuries, and fails to get at the roots of the school violence.


In part driven by a federal grant program, more states are measuring schools' nonacademic attributes, including school climate and students' health.


Parents and community groups join forces in Providence, R.I., to reduce chronic absenteeism; 32 percent of students missed at least a month of school in 2011.


Having two babies so young makes it difficult for young women to attend school, get jobs, and deliver healthy babies.


In an Education Week chat earlier today, author Kelley King discussed how schools can address the gender gap in both achievement and discipline.


A school safety task force convened by the National Rifle Association recommends that schools either hire armed security officers or arm selected school employees to improve school safety.


A new study of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program finds that it succeeds in getting kids to eat more fresh produce.


Teenagers who have difficulty making and maintaining healthy friendships with peers at age 13 continue to struggle with relationships long after high school, according to new longitudinal research.


A new study of children in the United Kingdom shows that neither television nor video-game exposure determines a child's prosocial tendencies.


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