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Four-year-old Holly Ann Haley braces for a vaccine at her doctor's office in Berlin, Vt. The state recently revised the personal exemption process for vaccines.
—Toby Talbot/AP-File

States Tightening Loopholes in School Vaccine Laws

Amid a resurgence in childhood diseases, some states are rethinking provisions that once allowed parents to exempt their children from school vaccine requirements for personal reasons. (May 13, 2014)

Spotlight on the Flu and Schools

When fears of the H1N1 flu were in the air, schools were under more pressure than ever to get their crisis management plans in good order—and quickly, which is the focus of this Spotlight.

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07/27 10:39 am | Would Your Students Come to School if They Didn't Have to? | At the Visible Learning International Conference, school leader Sarah Martin posed the question Would your students show up to school if they didn't have to? In our present ...

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07/24 01:04 pm | Survey: Teen Use of Synthetic Human Growth Hormone Doubles | In just one year, the number of teens who report using synthetic human growth hormone more than doubled, according the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. ...

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When Cyberbullying Spills Into School
Much of students' social lives outside school takes place online, but bullying in cyberworld can have just as much of an impact as traditional face-to-face bullying.

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“We’re liberating bake sales,” Senate President Therese Murray proclaimed , “It’s so silly. Imagine banning bake sales? It’s bureaucracy gone a little crazy.”
May 11, 2012 - McClatchy-Tribune
Recommendations include appointing new federal staff members to shepherd school health efforts and undoing Medicaid red tape so schools can be reimbursed for health services.
May 11, 2012 | Updated: May 15, 2012 - Education Week
Options for federally funded sex education programs must expand, four advocates write.
May 8, 2012 - Education Week
Recess is a valuable component of a child's time in school, a time when students can collect themselves, recharge their batteries, and challenge themselves in a different setting.
May 8, 2012 - Education Week
Faced with mounting debt from unpaid lunches, cash-strapped districts are starting to take action against nonpayers.
May 8, 2012 - Education Week
Researchers found that a structured approach to managing recess led to less bullying and more time for learning.
April 17, 2012 - Education Week
But experts caution that the data from a federal survey were gathered before the bottom fell out of the nation's economy.
March 27, 2012 - Education Week
In the wake of a controversy over the ingredient's use in ground beef products, the USDA has decided that schools can choose for themselves whether they want the ground beef they get from the federal government to contain pink slime or not.
March 15, 2012 - Education Week
Teachers are among those who have to cope when the medications used to treat students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder run short.
March 6, 2012 - Education Week
Governing bodies for youth sports are toughening rules, especially related to football players, as research on head injuries mounts.
February 28, 2012 - Education Week

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