Students whose families are running low on food stamp benefits perform worse on math tests, according to a study by researchers at the University of South Carolina. Researchers say the way in which food stamps are distributed in South Carolina coincides with testing schedules in such a way that students may have gone hungry for several days by test time.
Students at three South Dakota elementary schools recently learned about the Plains Cree Tribe from Saskatchewan, Canada, during a performance by members of Native Pride Dancers. In addition to teaching the students about dancing, the dancers shared stories about the history of the tribe to keep the culture alive.
A Texas middle school offers a physical education class where students in general education partner with and create activities for their peers with special needs. Teachers say the program helps students build empathy and improves social inclusion.
The focus on fake news has cast a spotlight on how -- or if -- media literacy is being taught in schools. The News Literacy Project offers several tips to help identify fake stories, including analyzing photos carefully and using professional tools, like FactCheck.org.
When a mold infestation was identified in six of seven schools in a California district, Superintendent Jon Ray said he didn't want to put a "Band-Aid" on the problem. Instead, he used the reconstruction as an opportunity to make modern upgrades and introduce more technology in classrooms.
Almost 75% of educators are aware of Open Educational Resources but lack a full understanding of OER licensing, according to a survey of more than 500 district decision makers. About 16% of those who responded said they have adopted an OER curriculum.
Baltimore City Public Schools will use a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to improve chemistry education. Among other things, the lessons will focus on the city's ecosystem and will cover Earth/space science.
The US Department of Education has approved Massachusetts' plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act. Fourteen states and the District of Columbia now have approved plans. "I continue to be heartened by the ways in which states have embraced the flexibility afforded to them under ESSA," said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
About 200 schools have closed in Detroit since 2000. Some of the buildings have been converted into apartments, charter schools and other types of properties, while others have deteriorated and are contributing to city blight.
Researchers estimated that imposing excise taxes on sugar-sweetened drinks could curb 576,000 child obesity cases and yield savings of $14.2 billion between 2015 and 2025. The findings, presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting, also showed that implementation of nutritional standards on children's school food and removal of tax breaks for junk food ads aimed at youths may prevent 345,000 and 129,000 child obesity cases, respectively, and lead to savings of $792 million and $260 million, respectively, during the same period.
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