January 2015 Archives

Do we need a new way to determine what students are poor? Plus: the power of teachers to engage students, focusing on at-risk student populations, and privacy rights for suspected bullies.


The bill would mandate local bullying policies and require data collection and reporting at the local, state, and federal level.


The organization, which lobbies about school meal issues, called for higher federal reimbursements for meals, easing of nutrition requirements, and changes to pricing policies.


Human trafficking is more common and more difficult to identify than many educators may realize, experts say.


Advocates for poor children have renewed efforts to expand the definition of homelessness used by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


The Coalition for Community Schools drew from recent Office of Civil Rights data to show how school climate and civil rights issues have suffered under the current law.


Educators at a progressive ed-tech conference sought to provide nuance to the charge that the way schools have embraced "grit" has been harmful to children of color and students from circumstances of poverty.


The work of encouraging positive relationships in a school can be exhausting, especially with all of the other responsiblities educators balance. But successful students may be the fruit of those efforts.


A rash of measles cases linked to Disneyland have caused many to take another look at exemptions from mandatory vaccination policies.


Through the initiative, the school system will spend $20 million over the next three years through mentoring programs, targeted grants, and opening a new all-male college preparatory high school in a high-need area.


It's a continuation of a trend that's been building for years and a "defining moment" for the U.S. education system, which must find ways to confront the barriers poverty creates for academic achievement in order to thrive, an analysis says.


The state currently allows spankings, and requires each district to set its own policy governing the way they're used in schools. A similar bill, which would also have applied to private schools, failed last year.


Are fewer students eating school lunches because of new nutrition standards? An analysis by the Food Research and Action Center says no.


An Alabama school principal plans to have students throw canned goods at intruders. Where did this idea come from?


The Coalition to Support Grieving Students launched a website Tuesday that includes free materials to help educators address student bereavement, which can be a barrier to academic engagement.


This week, I'll also share some links about racial perception in schools, homelessness and toxic stress, and more.


Debra "Deb" Eschmeyer, co-founder of FoodCorps, will be executive director of Let's Move.


Teens overestimate how often their peers participate in risky sexual and drug-related behaviors, and those misperceptions may cause them to adjust their own behaviors, a study found.


The court says that it is well-settled that requiring vaccinations to attend school is within the "police power" of the states.


Some schools are making special efforts to address prescription drugs in their drug abuse prevention programs, in part because of concern that abuse of painkillers can lead to heroin use.


A bill filed by a Missouri legislator would require that state's department of social services to create incentives to encourage health clinics to locate in high-poverty schools.


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