August 2015 Archives

In 13 southern states, black students are much more likely to be suspended or expelled than their white peers. A new study highlights how the national trend of discipline disparities plays out in the southern region.


The new law, which was passed with bipartisan support from Illinois lawmakers, is designed to make suspensions and expulsions a last resort.


Poll respondents ranked student engagement and hope at the top of a list of signs of schools' success, well above standardized test results.


A new set of online lessons aims to help schools and parents apply research about growth mindsets in practical ways.


Do teachers, parents, and the general public support district and federal efforts to make discipline more even-handed? A new poll seeks to gauge opinions on district and federal policies designed to tackle "disparate impact."


Workers in school kitchens need more training in areas like basic cooking skills and new nutrition standards, a new survey found.


Changes in routines associated with the end of summer, a lack of sleep, academic stress, poor hydration, and prolonged screen time may contribute to higher levels of kids' headaches in the fall, doctors speculated.


Notifying parents of a student's body mass index may not be an effective way to address childhood obesity, a new study found.


Courts have typically upheld students' First Amendment rights on social media, except for instances that cause "substantial disruption" to schools.


The police force in McKinney, Texas, which came under extra scrutiny after an officer tackled a girl at a pool party this summer, also penalizes a disproportionate numbers of black students in the city's schools, civil rights groups say. They have called for extra training for school-based officers.


An independent investigator hired by the Covington, Ky school district says that a school resource officer who handcuffed two elementary students acted properly, within a law enforcement capacity.


A segment from HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver took on the patchwork of sex education policies in America's schools. Here's a rundown of the facts on teaching about consent, contraceptives, and abstinence.


One in five teenagers fatally shot by police in the past 12 months had mental health problems. What can schools do?


Adoptive families sometimes feel overlooked or stigmatized by schools, they say. And those actions can threaten to jeopardize efforts to engage parents and to make sure students feel safe and supported in the classroom.


School discipline is frequently viewed as a school- and district-level issue, but state boards of education can also play a role in determining that policies and practices are fair and effective, a new guide says.


A school resource officer in a suburb of Cincinnati is accused of violating the rights of two elementary school students with disabilities by handcuffing them.


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