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5/15/2017

5/15/2017

While the percentage of teenagers drinking alcohol has declined significantly over the past 25 years years, a new study finds that binge drinking continues to be a problem among youth. The report found that the overall prevalence of current drinking among U.S. high school students declined from 50.8 percent in 1991 to 32.8 percent in 2015.

5/15/2017

The Infobase educational publishing company has acquired The Education Center, publisher of The Mailbox and Learning magazine. The Mailbox is an online resource with more than 50,000 learning objects, lesson plans and ideas for elementary school teachers. Learning magazine is a quarterly print magazine on products and services for the elementary school market.

5/15/2017

If it's to give parents more options or help low-income children find schools where they're more likely to succeed, then check that box. But research suggests that vouchers may not be opening doors for children with expensive special needs or low grades or who don't have heavily involved parents. Choice is in the eye of the beholder.

5/15/2017

Starting next school year, children will be allowed to bring and apply sunscreen at school or camp without a doctor’s note, thanks to new Arizona legislation. Sunscreen previously fell under medication bans that required a doctor’s note or a prescription for kids to have it at school.

5/15/2017

The fight over school money is set to take another turn—this time before the state Supreme Court. Justices will hear oral arguments this week in a lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove in 2015 on behalf of 21 school districts in the state, including the state’s second-largest, Jackson Public Schools.

5/15/2017

Even as fierce political battles rage in Washington over school choice, most Americans know little about charter schools or private school voucher programs. Still, more Americans feel positively than negatively about expanding those programs, according to a new poll.

5/12/2017

5/12/2017

Hancock County's board of education voted to hire Timothy Woodward to take over for retiring Superintendent Kathy Kidder-Wilkerson. Woodward has served as the superintendent of Calhoun County Schools since 2014.

5/12/2017

Despite licensure requirements that serve no pragmatic purpose, Colorado schoolteachers are coerced into forking over enormous sums and diverting considerable amounts of classroom time in order to qualify for, purchase and maintain credentials regarded as meaningless by the same government that issues them. It’s high time to liberate educators.

5/12/2017

A Senate committee passed the House’s major school finance reform bill, after adding a controversial provision subsidizing private school tuition for special needs students—a move unlikely to go over well in the House.

5/12/2017

For the first time in the history of Missouri’s current school funding formula, the state will be able to say it is fulfilling its financial obligation to public schools. But reaching that goal also required a kind of legislative short cut—a change approved last year that drastically reduced the price of the plan.

5/12/2017

The Olean City School District Board of Education has offered Rick Moore the position of superintendent, replacing Superintendent Colleen Taggerty, who it retiring. Moore has been the superintendent of Belleville Henderson CSD in Jefferson County for the last 10 years.

5/12/2017

We're uncertain how much sales and income taxes would have to be increased to compensate for the loss of property tax revenue. Elimination would help retirees on fixed incomes and encourage young people to buy a house. But there’s also no guarantee that landlords, given the property tax break, would pass the savings along to renters.

5/12/2017

A provision tucked into the Senate budget would go beyond tuition vouchers to provide debit cards to parents to pay for school costs for students with disabilities. Parents would get up to $9,000 a year on the card; they could use the tax-free money to pay for everything from tuition and books to tutoring and school transportation costs.

5/12/2017

In 2005, 28.5 percent of students surveyed reported experiencing at least one form of bullying. By 2014, that had dropped to 13.4 percent. But even though reality got brighter, young people's view of their schools remained partly cloudy at around 50 percent.

5/12/2017

The Holton Public Schools Board of Education chose Adam Bayne to be the Michigan district's next superintendent. Currently the principal of Holton Middle School and High School, Bayne is replacing Jason Kennedy, who accepted the position of superintendent at Ludington Area District Schools.

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