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Urban trauma obstructs a school child's ability to learn

Tragically, violence, hunger, homelessness and abuse have become an unfortunate way of life for far too many students living in cities. Unfortunately, there are not enough programs to effectively treat PTSD suffered by public school students and their parents. Public education policy ignores the reality that many urban students have difficulty learning because of ongoing PTSD.

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A union call to scale back school testing

While standardized tests have long been a part of public education, until recently, they’ve never been mistaken for its point and purpose. These tests are not meant to help teachers monitor student progress and tailor lessons. Instead, standardized tests are increasingly used as the single measure by which we judge the success of a school, staff quality and the learning of its students.

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Weed-smoking teens 60 percent less likely to finish high school, study says

According to a new set of studies, teenagers who smoke pot daily are 60 percent less likely than non-users to finish high school. The studies of adolescent cannabis use also show that daily users under age 17 were seven times more likely to attempt suicide and eight times more likely to use illegal drugs at some point in their lives.

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Parents support strong school food standards, study finds

A majority of parents said they support government school nutrition standards in place, according to a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association. The study found 72 percent of parents of school-age children supported strong school nutrition standards while 75 percent think salt should be limited.

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If only American kids could eat school lunches like they do in France

The standard school lunch for an American child often contains dishes brimming with preservatives and sodium. But for students in France, lunch menus are prepared two months in advance with a nutritionist while cooks prepare the school meals by hand. Another big contribution to French students' healthy disposition is more daily recess.

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Exercise before school may reduce ADHD symptoms in kids

A new study from Michigan State University and University of Vermont researchers shows that offering daily before-school, aerobic activities to younger at-risk children could help in reducing the symptoms of ADHD in the classroom and at home. Signs can include inattentiveness, moodiness and difficulty getting along with others.

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Arts integration works to help increase student learning

More neuroscientists, psychologists, educators and others are finding that the arts help nurture the right hemisphere of the brain. While not everyone sees the arts as the answer to America's economic prosperity, evidence is mounting in favor of blurring the lines between art and science, and developing more real world interdisciplinary courses.

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The end of homework? Why some schools are banning homework

Fed up with the tension over homework, some schools are opting out altogether. No-homework policies are popping up in several schools in the U.S., where the shift to the Common Core curriculum is prompting educators to rethink how students spend their time.

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Solve school space issue with private sector help in Las Vegas

With no available funding for new construction, decisions need to be made to ease crowding for more than 300,000 students in Clark County School District in the coming years. Allowing students to alternate days between going to school and staying home for online classes, year-round campuses and double sessions are three options that should be considered.

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The invisible achievement gap: students in foster care

The special needs of children in foster care are too often ignored. Many districts do not even know which students are in foster care and are not tracking their performance. We must work to get child welfare and education agencies in more states gathering data on how children in foster care are doing and taking appropriate action to help them succeed.

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