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July 12, 2017
Boys & Girls Clubs unlikely to open soon in Memphis schools as SCS funding plan collapses
County commissioners balk at Shelby County Schools' request for $1.6 million to open clubs inside of three schools.
Detroit Journalism Cooperative
June 21, 2017
Restrictions on teacher pay in Detroit schools can scare away applicants — and make it hard to fill 260 classroom positions
In Detroit, as many as 260 classroom teacher positions are unfilled in the state’s largest district, prompting a shortage so severe that substitutes last year were the full-time solution in more than 100 classrooms.
June 15, 2017
I had an anxiety attack in school, and a social worker saved me. What about the students without one?
Right now, somewhere in the Bronx, there is a young girl like me, having her first anxiety attack, a Brooklyn junior writes. Is there a social worker for her?
June 13, 2017
Which Colorado school districts have the lowest vaccination rates? (Hint: They’re not on the Front Range.)
A new database represents Colorado’s first effort to give the public information about how many kids get vaccinated in the state’s schools and child care programs.
it's about relationships
June 8, 2017
Former Denver administrator, now D.C. schools chief, on why connecting with students matters
A former Denver Public Schools administrator talked about the need to create school environments where students feel valued at a Thursday event in Denver.
room to run
June 5, 2017
City announces major push to provide all schools with designated space for gym class
New York City will invest $385 million over the next four years to provide all city schools with a designated space for physical education.
May 25, 2017
Frustrated with high suspension rates, Memphis schools shift to restorative justice
Taking a cue from Nashville, Memphis school leaders are working to change the way their educators discipline students in Shelby County Schools.
May 17, 2017
How ballet is energizing one Memphis school — and helped save it from closing
Ballet lessons bring the art of dance inside the walls of Dunbar Elementary, a school that was almost shuttered this year by Shelby County Schools.
May 15, 2017
Memphis schools have space. Boys & Girls Clubs have programming. Now they just need money to put clubs in three schools.
Grappling with under-enrolled schools and significant neighborhood needs, Memphis school leaders seek to fill some empty space by partnering with the Boys & Girls Club.
top of the morning
May 11, 2017
One way to boost test scores? Make sure students get morning sunshine, new research shows
The study posits a straightforward way to improve student achievement — ensuring that a district’s high schools start the latest.
May 1, 2017
Five Colorado districts get grants to boost student and staff mental health
Five Colorado school districts will receive grants from Kaiser Permanente to fund mental health efforts for students and staff.
hamming it up
April 28, 2017
History has its eyes on them: Watch these New York City students perform ‘Hamilton’-inspired raps
Students from 15 different New York City public high schools performed raps, songs, and spoken word about United States history on the Broadway set of “Hamilton.”
April 4, 2017
Requiring P.E. for Tennessee’s youngest students would help academics, too, advocates say
Research shows that physical education boosts children's brain development and helps to form lifelong exercise habits.
March 27, 2017
Colorado poised to slash funding for controversial student health survey
Two years after a controversial student health survey sparked debate at the State Board of Education, questions about the survey's value have moved to the state legislature.
March 23, 2017
Traffic pollution: an invisible health risk for dozens of Denver schools
Twenty-nine Denver schools — 10 of them charters — sit near high-traffic roads and the invisible air pollution those routes generate daily.
SCOTUS on IDEA
March 22, 2017
U.S. Supreme Court, in landmark decision, strengthens rights for students with disabilities
Students with learning disabilities are due “appropriately ambitious” education plans that ensure they will advance through public schools similarly to other students.
March 13, 2017
Corporal punishment bill goes down in Colorado Senate committee
Sponsors of the bill could not point to a single occurrence of corporal punishment happening in Colorado schools or publicly-funded day care centers today.
Black girls and trauma
March 2, 2017
Here’s how one Memphis school is changing the way it disciplines girls of color
Aspire Coleman responds to research pointing to trauma as a root of disciplinary problems that lead to higher rates of suspension among black girls.
one hurdle down
January 30, 2017
Bill to ban corporal punishment in schools get first approval from Colorado House
Some Republican lawmakers see the bill as unnecessary regulation.
catching some zzzzs
January 19, 2017
One Colorado district moving toward later high school start times — maybe — while another shelves the idea
Of the two large Colorado school districts that were actively exploring later high school start times for the 2017-18 school year, one is moving ahead and one has dropped the idea for now.
January 13, 2017
Diet Nope: Colorado’s large districts still keeping diet soda out of high schools
More than half of Colorado's 10 largest school districts have decided or are poised to decide not to bring back diet soda in high schools after a seven-year ban.
year in review
December 21, 2016
Beyond the three Rs: Schools sharpen focus on social and emotional learning in 2016
Colorado educators are increasingly focusing on social and emotional skills to help improve student achievement and outcomes.
Close your eyes
December 14, 2016
How Colorado schools are helping kids calm down — and learn — through mindfulness
A growing number of schools in Denver and the state are training students in mindfulness with the goal of helping students cope with stress and learn empathy.
December 7, 2016
All work and no play: Colorado kids losing out on P.E., report finds
Colorado students don't get enough physical education in school, a problem that especially hurts low-income students.
November 30, 2016
Fixes underway to remedy high lead levels in Denver, Jeffco and Cherry Creek school water
Three of Colorado's largest school districts are making plumbing fixes in some buildings to address high lead levels in school water.
November 28, 2016
Denver schools with large numbers of English learners get less physical education
District officials will investigate why students at Denver schools with large numbers of English learners are getting less physical education than other students.
November 22, 2016
U.S. education chief wants Tennessee, other states to stop paddling their students
Citing research that corporal punishment is harmful and ineffective, John King asks Tennessee and 21 other states to prohibit it.
November 7, 2016
Five things teachers can do to help kids who’ve endured trauma
In the space of five minutes, you’ll feel like your heart broke then got pieced back together. That’s the impact of a…
mental health matters
October 26, 2016
Why Denver Public Schools wants to raise taxes to hire more psychologists and social workers
“I have to make sure my teachers can teach and students can learn," said a principal at a school where at least one kid in every class has experienced trauma.
Beyond the classroom
October 11, 2016
Why do New York City’s homeless students struggle in school?
The IBO set out to pinpoint exactly which obstacles are holding homeless students back from learning by conducting roughly 100 interviews.
October 7, 2016
The first results from lead testing in Denver Public Schools are in
The testing began in August in response to the discovery of high lead levels in school drinking water elsewhere.
October 7, 2016
How healthy are Colorado schools? New survey provides some answers.
The results, along with other pieces of evidence, can help schools win cash awards in the annual Healthy School Champions competition.
October 5, 2016
How do you fight chronic absenteeism? Put a nurse in every school.
A staggering 44,000 Memphis students report suffering from a chronic health condition, contributing to the city's high rate of students missing school.
farm to school
October 3, 2016
Brussels sprouts, anyone? School gardens grow knowledge for Memphis kids lacking fresh food
Farm-to-school programs are highlighted during a USDA deputy's visit to four Memphis schools.
Health and Happiness
September 26, 2016
Reading, writing and aerobics: How a popular Indy school uses movement to help kids learn
It's one of the most popular magnet schools in the district.
September 22, 2016
First Person: What my Bronx students think about passing through scanners at school
Key voices have been absent from these conversations about school safety: those of students and teachers. So I asked my students what they thought.
September 20, 2016
Worried about little children attending school with much older students? A study says they’ll be better off
Schools with students of wide-ranging ages have less bullying than schools with just a few grades, researchers concluded after studying more than 500 city schools.
September 14, 2016
Soda ban fizzles: Protesters disrupt meeting after vote allowing diet drinks back in Colorado schools
The outcome represents a defeat for a coalition of health advocates who had ramped up efforts in recent weeks.
September 7, 2016
Zika virus poses few concerns for Colorado schools
School officials in Florida may be panicking about Zika, but that's not the case in Colorado.
September 1, 2016
Ten Memphis schools targeted in attendance campaign backed by Memphis Grizzlies
After a year of pushing the importance of being at school every day, a new Shelby County Schools attendance campaign takes the initiative to 10 high-risk schools.
Get the lead out
August 31, 2016
Wondering which big Colorado school districts are testing their water for lead? We’ve got answers
Colorado’s five largest school districts all have either embarked on or plan to test their schools’ drinking water for lead, taking no chances after the lead-poisoning crisis in Flint, Mich.
August 26, 2016
Denver Public Schools testing drinking water for lead
The state’s largest school district is telling families the testing is proactive.
August 24, 2016
How should schools handle sexting? Not like they are now, Denver professor says
A Denver professor argues for a different approach to sexting: Let teens do it as long as its consensual and focus on discouraging privacy violations and harassment.
August 16, 2016
What do schools with low student suspension rates have in common?
Researchers interviewed nearly 200 educators from 33 Denver schools that had suspension rates between 0 and 3 percent in the 2014-15 school year.
catching some zzzzs
August 15, 2016
Two of Colorado’s largest districts explore later high school start times
Two big Colorado districts are considering later high school start times for 2017 because research shows such schedules have health and academic benefits for students.
August 12, 2016
Colorado’s suspension rate called into question after districts say data is wrong
Chalkbeat has retracted its original article.
August 10, 2016
Colorado’s suspension rate may not be as high as recent report found
The number of suspensions more than doubled in those Colorado districts.
August 10, 2016
State Board takes first step toward lifting ban on diet soda in Colorado high schools
The State Board of Education voted 4-3 Wednesday in favor of new rules that would lift a seven-year ban on diet soda in Colorado high schools.
August 3, 2016
Tennessee to become national pioneer in creating social and emotional standards
The Tennessee Department of Education will spend the next year creating its first-ever set of standards focused on students' social well-being and mental health.
July 28, 2016
Will diet soda be allowed back in Colorado high schools?
A coalition of health groups are pushing back against proposed rules that would allow diet soda back in Colorado high schools, after a seven-year ban.
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