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K12 sex ed goes beyond the birds and bees

Matt Zalaznick
March, 2017
SAFE CHOICES—At a Baltimore magnet school, students learn about sex ed in an evidence-based program developed by The Healthy Teen Network, which promotes comprehensive health instruction.

High school students in the tiny Magazine School District in Arkansas receive three hours of sex education a year in grades 9 through 12—an approach that Superintendent Brett Bunch acknowledges is inadequate. 

Bring healthcare to K12 students—just a short walk from class

Angela Pascopella
February, 2017
SMILE EVERY DAY—Magazine second-graders brush their teeth during a wellness center event that promotes healthy living for K12 and the community.

Some parents of students in Magazine, Arkansas, can’t afford the gas to drive their sick child 50 miles to the nearest doctor, says Brett Bunch, superintendent of the town’s school district.

Top K12 stories of 2016

Ariana Fine
January, 2017
Interest in virtual reality is becoming an increasing reality in public schools as ed-tech companies offer more cost-effective devices.

As we face a new year with a new president, Newsletter Editor Ariana Fine looked back on 2016 to consider the biggest and most influential stories in K12 education. 

Student-led suicide prevention education provides best results

Shawna De La Rosa
January, 2017
A 2015 study shows that education that focuses on the causes and consequences of depression and how to cultivate healthy emotions can decrease the rise of suicide.

The suicide rate among 10- to 14-year-olds is on the rise. While the statistics are dire, a solution seems to be taking shape. Prevention may be in the hands of the students themselves.

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