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April 25, 2013

Buffalo, N.Y., Schools Ban Out-of-School Suspension for Minor Missteps

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

April 23, 2013

Court Upholds Use of 'Timeout Room' at Oklahoma School

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.

April 22, 2013

The Cinnamon Challenge and Why Schools Need to Know Pop Culture

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

April 17, 2013

School Boards Join Movement Against Out-of-School Suspensions

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 student...

April 08, 2013

New Analysis Bolsters Case Against Suspension, Researchers Say

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.

April 04, 2013

New Report Cards Consider School Climate

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

March 25, 2013

Drug Testing in Middle School Can Cut Use as Students Age

Students randomly tested for alcohol in middle school seem less likely to drink and use drugs during those middle grades, and they are less likely to drink when they get older.

March 22, 2013

Everyone Is Just Really Confused About Hugging in Schools

A Maryland county's best practices on hugging offer insight into how hard it is to draw the line on physical interaction.

March 22, 2013

Miss. District Required to Adjust 'Discriminatory' Discipline Policies

The Meridian, Miss., school district has agreed to a number of actions to address problems with disparities in discipline between white and black students in the district.

March 13, 2013

Free-Speech Groups Condemn Suspensions for 'Harlem Shake' Videos

Civil rights groups condemned the suspension of Pennsylvania students over what a school labeled a "very graphic and very vulgar" imitation of the Harlem Shake.

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