As many as 3,200 school employees could be laid off, the Department of Education announced yesterday. The cuts would mainly affect part-time school aides and would not affect teachers and instructional aides.
Factors such as teasing at school, fatigue and sleep apnea severely affect an overweight child's quality of life, a study shows. Pediatricians say the study underscores the physical and emotional toll of being overweight.
In a voice vote yesterday, the Texas Senate approved a measure to require students to observe a moment of silence -- to be used for prayer, meditation or reflection. A senator who opposes the measure says it is "a smokescreen to have prayer in schools."
Jewish groups have complained that an article used as part of the Philadelphia school district's "war curriculum" presents a biased and inaccurate view of Israel. The district has sent a letter to principals urging them to exercise good judgment when using the piece in classrooms.