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April 29, 2013

State Lawmakers Recognize Education of 'Whole Child'

A new Arkansas law lists ways for educators to meet "the comprehensive needs of Arkansas children at each stage of a child's development from birth to postsecondary education or career."

April 26, 2013

Since Newtown, State Lawmakers Push School Safety Bills

After the devastating school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., in December, state lawmakers around the country have proposed hundreds of ways to improve school security.

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 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 15, 2013

Groups Weigh in on Proposed School Snack, Vending Rules

The USDA received thousands of comments on its proposed regulations for foods and drinks sold in vending machines, school stores, and a la carte lunch lines.

April 08, 2013

Strict Rules for School Meals Could Cut Obesity in Low-Income Students

Researchers found that a smaller share of students who received free or reduced-price lunches that had to meet higher nutritional standards were overweight than among students who did not eat school lunches.

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.

April 02, 2013

NRA School Safety Plan Emphasizes Armed Officers, School Employees

A school safety task force convened by the National Rifle Association recommends that schools either hire armed security officers or arm selected school employees to improve school safety.

March 26, 2013

Principals Appear to Lack Training in Addressing School Climate

An analysis found 43 states include developing a positive school culture in their standards for principals, but most aren't ensuring that principals have that training.

March 22, 2013

Districts Struggle to Address Emerging Issues With LGBT Students

For this group of students, schools appear to have issues needing tending to that go far beyond harassment and bullying.

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