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April 13, 2017

More California Students Vaccinated After Change in Law, Data Show

California schools saw an increase in fully vaccinated incoming students after the state passed a law restricting so-called philosophical opt-outs from immunization mandates, new data show.

March 27, 2017

Watch: Surviving a School Shooting Shaped His Views on Arming Teachers

Retired Montana Principal John Moffatt says arming teachers and school staff is not the right way to respond to the threat of school shootings. His opinion is informed by his own experience as the survivor of a 1986 school shooting at Fergus High School in Lewistown, Mont., where a student gunman shot Moffatt in the abdomen after shooting and killing a substitute teacher.

January 10, 2017

Will Trump Administration Seek to Weaken Vaccine Requirements?

Outspoken vaccine critic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said he agreed to "chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity" at the president-elect's request.

October 20, 2016

States Should Ensure Schools Properly Use Surveillance Technologies, Report Urges

While surveillance technology can have many benefits, including making schools safer and keeping students on task, it can also have unintended consequences in areas like equity and privacy, says a report by the National Association of State Boards of Education.

August 09, 2016

South Carolina Moves to Limit Role of School Police After Violent Student Arrest

The policies come at the recommendation of a state task force assembled after a video of a violent arrest of a teen girl drew widespread criticism on the internet last year.

August 01, 2016

Social-Emotional Learning: States Collaborate to Craft Standards, Policies

Eight states will work cooperatively with the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning to create and implement plans to draft statewide social-emotional learning standards and policies.

June 21, 2016

Teenagers' Health, Educational Outcomes Improving, Report Finds

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual Kids Count Data Book cites improvements for teens, but notes that minorities still lag in several areas compared to their white peers.

May 09, 2016

N.C. Governor, Justice Dept. Sue Each Other Over Transgender Restroom Access

Federal officials had warned North Carolina leaders that a new state law violates federal employment laws and Title IX by restricting which restrooms transgender students and employees can use. Gov. Pat McCrory sued over the assertion.

April 04, 2016

Trauma-Informed Practices Will Help Tackle Chronic Absenteeism in Oregon

A new law in Oregon includes grant funding for schools to pilot "trauma-informed" solutions to chronic absenteeism.

March 17, 2016

Non-Cognitive Skills: Is It Enough for Measurements to Be Valid and Reliable?

Even well-tested measures of students' non-cognitive and social-emotional skills create unknowns and potential problems when used in high-stakes accountability, a researcher writes.

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