The official, who oversees the agency in charge of the Lone Star State's school-meal programs, called vegetarian lunches in some districts "an activist movement" in a recent editorial.
This week I recommend links about implicit bias in school discipline, biracial children and their single-race fathers, gender and immigrant men, Ferguson, and the shadow the Newtown tragedy casts over back-to-school season for some parents.
Suspensions for nonviolent behaviors will no longer be allowed for the district's students in prekindergarten through 1st grade.
The U.S. Department of Education previously provided a $1.3 million grant for the 2012-13 school year and a $1.9 million grant for the 2013-14 school year to aid with mental health services for students and broader recovery efforts.
While parents fear disasters at schools, many are uninformed about schools' preparedness efforts, a poll by Save the Children found.
A study by Attendance Works tracks the effects of absences on NAEP scores at a state-by-state level.
This week, we read about how students ask for help, how to reduce stress by getting outside, how DC schools plan to discuss Ferguson, how to encourage good behavior in disruptive students, and more.
The program helps protect children from traffic and gang activity on their walks to school.
The School Nutrition Association's annual survey also found many schools are trying healthy eating initiatives, like school gardens and nutrition education.
For girls, higher cardiorespiratory fitness levels in the 6th grade were linked to both significantly less depression and a lower body mass index (BMI) percentile score in the 7th grade.