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New Illinois law gives schools access to students social media passwords
A new Illinois law aimed at stopping cyberbullying, gives schools access to kids social media accounts. Some say the law goes too far.
Previously Illinois schools could take action against students if online bullying occurred, such as something posted on Twitter or Facebook during the school day.
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Lake Park High's substance abuse counselor brings former struggles to job
Students at Lake Park High School usually come to see substance abuse counselor Gina Horsley when there's trouble. Maybe they were caught sneaking booze into a football game, or maybe she heard through the hallway grapevine that they have an issue with drugs.
Whatever the problem, Horsley doesn't judge. She knows what they're going through. A decade ago, when she attended Lake Park, she went through it herself.
The guidance counselor crisis
While a lot is made of overcrowded classrooms and slashed funding for arts, sports and electives, Americans are less likely to be up in arms about a severe shortage of guidance counselors in schools around the country.
According to the Association for College Admission Counseling, the average American school now has one guidance counselor for every 500 students. In some places the ratio is far more dire — nearly 1,000 kids for every counselor. In the worst cases, there are none at all.
Study: Popular anti-bullying program may have mixed results
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Phys.org
A curriculum that is widely used by U.S. schools to diminish bullying and other forms of aggression shows promise at reducing gender- and sexual-based violence. However, the program's efficacy may vary between geographic regions, and it may not directly reduce bullying, physical aggression and victimization, a new study found.
Study: Serve kids healthier pizza and in moderation
Pizza. It can form the cultural cornerstone of a kid's life:
Birthday parties. Soccer game celebrations. Teen dances. School lunches. Everyone's-beat-on-Friday-so-let's-grab-pizza night.
Researcher Lisa Powell knows that, but she forged ahead with a study that advises kids to lighten up on pizza and advocates finding ways to make it healthier.
Chicago school district refuses to give PARCC Common Core test as mandated by the state of Illinois
The Washington Post
The Chicago Public Schools, the third largest system in the country, has decided to buck a mandate to give all its students a new Common Core test known as PARCC this school year, a decision that could have implications across the country for Core testing.
Illinois schools make list of 'Best School Districts in America'
Three Illinois school districts were ranked among the top school districts in the nation, according to a new report.
In the recent ranking of best school districts in America for 2015 by Niche, a website that provides reviews, rankings and statistics of schools across the country, Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125, New Trier Township High School District 203 and Northfield Township High School District 225 were all named among the top 100.
Research confirms need to support student-athlete mental health
University of Michigan via Medical Xpress
A pilot program designed to raise awareness and encourage discussion about mental health issues among student-athletes at the University of Michigan has been met with an overwhelmingly positive response, a U-M team told the NCAA.
Majority of US public school students are in poverty
The Washington Post
For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation.
Governor: Cut a bold bargain on Illinois schools
Public education in Illinois faces an array of long-entrenched challenges. Over the past year, some Democratic legislators have taken aim at one of those challenges, how state tax revenue is allocated to schools. That's a fine first step. With help from an education-minded Republican governor, it's a first step that — unlike many first steps in Springfield — could lead to a cluster of solutions.
Experts say communication is key in preventing teen suicide
The Gainesville Sun
Student deaths and suicides have rocked high schools in recent weeks, but there are steps the community can take to prevent more tragedies from occurring.
"In the best of circumstances, it's an opportunity" to put more prevention efforts in place and open lines of communication, said Dr. Christine Moutier, chief medical officer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. "Any talk about suicide, when there's not misinformation, or when it's not being sensationalized or idealized ... there’s huge latitude to be talking about everything."
ADHD drug might help treat binge-eating disorder
HealthDay News via WebMD
A drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may also help treat binge-eating disorder, preliminary research suggests.
At higher doses tested, the prescription drug Vyvanse curtailed the excessive food consumption that characterizes binge-eating disorder, researchers said.
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