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August 25, 2015

Illinois Governor Signs Sweeping School Discipline Bill Championed by Students

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

August 14, 2015

Body Mass Index Reports Have No Effect on Student Health, Study Says

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

July 30, 2015

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.

July 17, 2015

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.

June 30, 2015

Vaccines: California Governor Signs Bill Eliminating Most Exemptions

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

June 04, 2015

School Violence: Colorado Schools Can Now Be Held Liable for Attacks, Shootings

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill this week that waives government immunity for schools in the event of shootings or other forms of violence.

April 14, 2015

School Violence: Colorado Debates If Schools Should Be Held Liable For Attacks

Should schools be held liable for violent attacks? A proposal in Colorado is sparking debates about risk assessment, spending priorities, and safety efforts.

April 02, 2015

Truancy: Balance Between Prevention, Discipline Has Long Been a Sticky Issue

Do criminal penalties for truancy help boost attendance or prevent dropouts? Policy debates have included the same concerns for decades.

April 01, 2015

Justice Department Will Investigate Dallas-Area Truancy Courts

A preliminary review by the Justice Department revealed that Dallas County prosecuted approximately 20,000 failure to attend school cases in 2014.

March 11, 2015

Montana, the Only State Without an Anti-Bullying Law, Might Adopt One

There will be an anti-bullying law in every state if Montana lawmakers approve a bill this legislative session. The proposal is less detailed and definitive than the policies in place in other states.

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