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December 21, 2018 - 7:01 pm
The Trump administration has formally scrapped an Obama-era policy that was meant to curb racial discrimination in schools but that became tangled in a national debate over school safety. Officials from the Education and Justice departments finalized the rollback Friday, just days after it was...
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December 14, 2018 - 10:32 am
The U.S. Education Department says it will start forgiving federal loans for 15,000 former students whose colleges closed before they could graduate. Department officials say the $150 million in loans will automatically be wiped clean, including about $80 million for former students of the defunct...
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Senior Hazel Ostrowski attends her first period AP statistics class at Franklin High School Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in Seattle. High school students are getting more sleep in Seattle, according to a study on later school start times. Ostrowski was among a group at Franklin and another Seattle high school who wore activity monitors to discover whether a later start to the school day would help them get more sleep. It did, adding 34 minutes of slumber a night, and they reported less daytime sleepiness and grades improved. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
December 12, 2018 - 2:47 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — High school students are getting more sleep in Seattle, say scientists studying later school start times. Teenagers wore activity monitors to find out whether a later start to the school day would help them get more sleep. It did, adding 34 minutes of slumber a night. They also...
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FILE - This 2014 file electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows numerous, spheroid-shaped Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68) virions. Doctors have suspected a mysterious paralyzing illness, acute flaccid myelitis, might be tied to the virus. This year has seen a record number of cases of the mysterious paralyzing illness in children, U.S. health officials said Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Yiting Zhang/CDC via AP, File)
December 10, 2018 - 3:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — This year has seen a record number of cases of a mysterious paralyzing illness in children, U.S. health officials said Monday. It's still not clear what's causing the kids to lose the ability to move their face, neck, back, arms or legs. The symptoms tend to occur about a week after...
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December 06, 2018 - 4:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The national school lunch program will allow refined grains back onto menus, scaling back some of the contested changes implemented under President Barack Obama. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says its decision will give flexibility to schools struggling to serve only whole...
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December 06, 2018 - 9:37 am
With new Democrats set to take over the governor's mansion across the country, the charter school movement may face a shifting political landscape in several key states. The incoming governors elected in November in California, Michigan, Illinois and New Mexico have all said they want to take the...
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In this Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 photo, toys sit on the shelves at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. Pediatricians say the best toys for young children are simple, old-fashioned toys like blocks and puzzles rather than costly electronic games or the latest high-tech gadgets. The advice is in a new report on selecting toys for young children in the digital era. It was published Monday, Dec. 3 by the American Academy of Pediatrics. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
December 03, 2018 - 12:25 am
Skip the costly electronic games and flashy digital gizmos. Pediatricians say the best toys for tots are old-fashioned hands-on playthings that young children can enjoy with parents — things like blocks, puzzles — even throwaway cardboard boxes — that spark imagination and creativity. "A cardboard...
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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2015 file photo, a reluctant student is pulled into the first day of kindergarten at an elementary School in Clio, Mich. A study shows the youngest children in a classroom are more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It’s an intriguing finding for parents considering what’s called “kindergarten redshirting,” or delaying school entry. Researchers say doctors should be aware of how classroom comparisons shape diagnosis. The paper was published Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, by the New England Journal of Medicine. (Christian Randolph/The Flint Journal via AP, File)
November 28, 2018 - 5:12 pm
The youngest children in kindergarten are more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in early grades, a study shows, an intriguing finding for parents on the fence about when to start their child in school. The study found younger students, especially boys, are also...
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In this Sept. 17, 2018 photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a student town hall at National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. DeVos is proposing a major overhaul to the way colleges handle complaints of sexual misconduct. The Education Department released a plan Friday that would require schools to investigate sexual assault and harassment only if it was reported to certain campus officials and only if it occurred on campus or other areas overseen by the school. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
November 16, 2018 - 11:48 am
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday proposed a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle sexual misconduct complaints, adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment and narrowing which cases schools would be required to investigate. Under the plan, schools...
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FILE - In this Thursday, April 25, 2013 file photo, elementary school third graders run under a rainbow colored tarp during the 15th Annual Kansas Kids Fitness Day, in Hutchinson, Kan. New federal guidelines released on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, advise that children as young as age 3 should move more, sit less and get more active, and that any amount and any type of exercise helps health. (Aaron Marineau/The Hutchinson News via AP)
November 12, 2018 - 8:01 am
CHICAGO (AP) — New U.S. guidelines on exercise advise starting sooner to get children active to avoid health problems later in life. Physical activity guidelines used to start at age 6, but now they recommend involving kids as young as 3 in active play throughout the day. For adults, the advice...
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