Tag: student safety

Dozens of Arizona school board members to Ducey: Delay in-person school opening until October. See more state education news here

| July 14, 2020
Dozens of Arizona school board members to Ducey: Delay in-person school opening until October. See more state education news here

More than 60 school board members from districts across the state have signed onto a letter asking Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to delay the reopening of in-person schooling until October.

Ducey ordered a delay to the start of in-person lessons until Aug. 17.

“A lot of school staff are coming to us saying, ‘We’re afraid of going back to school,'” Adam Lopez Falk, a school board member in the Alhambra Unified School District, said. “Kicking it to the 17th isn’t going to do much for a lot of us.”

Save Our Schools Arizona, an education advocacy organization, joined in the calls to delay in-person class until October.

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Best and worst schools: Which states get the best grade based on these education rankings? See more national education news here

| February 18, 2020
Best and worst schools: Which states get the best grade based on these education rankings? See more national education news here

The Common Core State Standards Initiative, implemented during the Obama administration, established a uniform set of expectations for American public school students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Still, the authority to establish budgets, standards, and curriculums for public school students falls largely to state governments – and partially as a result, education outcomes vary considerably across the country. 

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Concussion PSA compares youth football dangers to smoking. See more national education news here

| October 15, 2019
Concussion PSA compares youth football dangers to smoking. See more national education news here

Everybody seems to be having fun when the kids in a new public service announcement are just playing football, until one boy is thrown to the ground and the background music turns ominous.

Then, the coach starts handing out cigarettes.

“Tackle football is like smoking,” a youthful voice-over says as a smiling, motherly type lights a cigarette for one of the pre-teen players. “The younger I start, the longer I’m exposed to danger.”

″Tackle Can Wait ” is part of a campaign by the Concussion Legacy Foundation to steer children under 14 years old into flag football and away from the contact version of the sport.

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High school robotics team builds custom wheelchair for 2-year-old who can’t walk. See more national education news here

| April 2, 2019
High school robotics team builds custom wheelchair for 2-year-old who can’t walk. See more national education news here

Due to a genetic condition, Cillian Jackson, 2, can’t walk. But the Minnesota boy now motors around in style, thanks to some enterprising high school students. … Using plans and models from Go Baby Go, they got to work, modifying a Power Wheels toy car to fit little Cillian and give him more freedom in his movements.

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US schools are failing to protect kids from lead in drinking water, report finds. See more national education news here

| March 26, 2019
US schools are failing to protect kids from lead in drinking water, report finds. See more national education news here

U.S. schools are not doing enough to protect students from drinking water contaminated with lead, according to a new report out from the Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG Education Fund. The report found “a pattern of widespread contamination of drinking water” at schools nationwide.

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Senate panel approves bill to allow loaded firearms on campus. See more state education news here

| March 19, 2019
Senate panel approves bill to allow loaded firearms on campus. See more state education news here

It’s billed by proponents as a way moms can defend themselves from attackers while dropping their children off at school. But legislation that cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday on a 4-3 party-line vote also would permit high schoolers who are at least 18 to bring and keep loaded weapons in their vehicles. And that alarmed some foes of HB 2693 who said it creates the opportunity for what starts out as a spat among students to quickly escalate if one goes out to the parking lot to retrieve the weapon.

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This city is short of teachers. It’s tapping immigrants to help. See more national education news here

| March 19, 2019
This city is short of teachers. It’s tapping immigrants to help. See more national education news here

As many small cities see growing racial diversity and shortages of professionals – including teachers – local governments are asking: What role might immigrants play?

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