Officials in some US schools are introducing mindfulness practices in the classroom as an alternative to traditional discipline. At one Baltimore elementary school that has adopted this approach, officials report fewer trips to the principal's office and no suspensions over the past two years.
Students at the University of Richmond's Robins School of Business are learning how empathy can improve business transactions, interpersonal communication and management decisions. Similar programs are being offered at universities such as Berkeley, Georgetown and Stanford.
Students at eight schools in Baltimore will have access to on-campus washers and dryers as part of a pilot program aimed at improving attendance. Officials plan to study the connection between clean clothes and school attendance by tracking the results for 10 students.
Boston Public Schools is planning to expand the district's innovation schools program, which allows schools more flexibility with their calendar, curricula and spending. Plans call for one school to focus on social-emotional health and project-based learning and another school to engage students in social justice.
The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights received 16,720 complaints during the 2016 fiscal year -- more than twice as many as it received in 2009, according to its annual report. The office touted increased efforts to investigate complaints and enforce civil rights over the past eight years during the Obama administration.
The US Supreme Court is expected to hear a case that would determine whether students with special needs are entitled to "some educational benefit" or to a higher standard -- "meaningful benefit" -- in public schools. The case could have financial implications for schools, officials say, by forcing them to either spend more on in-school therapies or pay for the student to attend a private school.
In states that have acted to legalize marijuana, school officials say they need additional guidelines to address marijuana possession and the problem of students or staff being under the influence at school. In Colorado, a recreational marijuana pioneer, school officials now treat possession of marijuana like possession of alcohol.
The 2017 Corporate Recruiters Survey collects hiring results data from 2016, hiring expectations for 2017, salary projections and international hiring plans, as well as the skills and attributes employers value in graduate business students. In addition to survey results, participating schools will receive an interactive data report to examine findings in greater depth and a customized benchmarking tool that instantly generates benchmark reports for peer programs of their choosing. For more information and to participate, visit gmac.com/CRSDetails.
The London School of Business and France's INSEAD top the list of international schools offering the best MBA programs, according to Bloomberg. The programs were judged according to how well graduates did in the job market, among other factors.
Indian applicants for business schools reported a few minor glitches while taking the recent first slot of the Common Admission Test. Some students said they were logged out of the system while taking the test and others complained of "errors" in some of the questions.
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