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Past articles by Carolyn:

Gym class without the gym? With technology, it’s catching on

Grace Brown’s schedule at West Potomac High School in northern Virginia is filled with all the usual academics, and she’s packed in Latin, chorus and piano as extras. → Read More

Gym class without the gym? With technology, it's catching on

Grace Brown’s schedule at West Potomac High School in northern Virginia is filled with all the usual academics, and she's packed in Latin, chorus and piano as extras. What she can’t cram into the 8:10 a. m. - 2:55 p. m. school day is gym class. So she’s taking that one minus the gym, and on her own time. The 14-year-old freshman is getting school credit for virtual physical education, a concept… → Read More

Gym class without the gym? With technology, it's catching on

UNDATED (AP) - Grace Brown’s schedule at West Potomac High School in northern Virginia is filled with all the usual academics, and she's packed in Latin, chorus and piano as extras. What she can’t cram into the 8:10 a. m. - 2:55 p. m. school day is gym class. So she’s taking that one minus the gym, and on her own time. → Read More

Women's Hall of Fame inducts Sotomayor, Fonda, Allred

SENECA FALLS, N. Y. (AP) -- U. S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, actress Jane Fonda and attorney Gloria Allred were among the inductees at the National Women’s Hall of Fame on Saturday. The Class of 2019 inducted into the hall in upstate New York also included activist Angela Davis, attorney Sarah Deer, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, retired Air Force fighter pilot Nicole… → Read More

Syracuse welcomes Central Park 5 member to coveted campus

Through the eyes of a 14-year-old with a love of basketball and the trumpet in 1989, Syracuse University had everything Kevin Richardson would ever want in a college: Big East idols like Dwayne "Pearl" Washington and Derrick Coleman, along with the spirited band that played at games. → Read More

Clock is ticking on NY deadline for student vaccinations

When New York lawmakers revoked a religious exemption for mandatory school vaccinations, the change sent thousands of the state's parents scrambling to get their kids shots - or get them out of the classroom entirely. → Read More

Clock is ticking on NY deadline for student vaccinations

BUFFALO, N. Y. (AP) — When New York lawmakers revoked a religious exemption for mandatory school vaccinations, the change sent thousands of the state's parents scrambling to get their kids shots — or get them out of the classroom entirely. Lawmakers did away with the exemption in June amid the nation's worst measles outbreak since 1992. → Read More

Schools increasingly aim to assess, manage student threats

UNDATED (AP) - Schools around the country have been setting up teams to assess threats posed by students who display signs of violence like the former student who compiled a "hit list" years ago in high school and went on to kill nine people in a weekend shooting in Dayton, Ohio. Despite consensus on the approach's benefits, school officials say they are limited in what they can do by privacy… → Read More

Putting together the puzzle: School teams assess threats

The goal of screening programs is to not only flag and address threats raised by students, but also to track and manage any risk they might pose. → Read More

United pilot charged with failing alcohol test in Scotland

A United Airlines pilot appeared in court in Scotland Tuesday, charged with being over the alcohol limit as he prepared to fly to New Jersey. → Read More

Watchdog: Schools underreporting use of restraint, seclusion

A federal watchdog agency said Tuesday that public schools have significantly underreported their use of restraint and seclusion to control students' behavior. The Government Accountability... → Read More

Schools reckon with social stress: 'I'm on my phone so much'

BUFFALO, N. Y. (AP) — High school biology teacher Kelly Chavis knew smartphones were a distraction in her class. But not even her students realized the psychological toll of their devices until an in-class experiment that, of course, was then spreading on social media. For one class period, students used a whiteboard to tally, in real time, every Snapchat, Instagram, text, call or other… → Read More

“Run, Hide, Fight” mindset making way into U.S. schools

BALTIMORE -- The actions of students who died tackling gunmen at two U.S. campuses a week apart have been hailed as heroic. At a growing number of schools around the country, they also reflect guidance to students, at least in some situations, to do what they can to disrupt shootings. → Read More

‘Run, Hide, Fight’ mindset making way into US schools

BALTIMORE — The actions of students who died tackling gunmen at two U.S. campuses a week apart have been hailed as heroic. At a growing number of schools around the country, they also reflect guida… → Read More

Hero students? Many schools embracing approach in shooting situations

Experts saying educators need to give staff and students as many options as possible in the worst-case scenario. → Read More

AP-NORC Poll: Bullying, not schools, blamed for shootings

WASHINGTON (AP) - Twenty years after the Columbine High School shooting made practicing for armed intruders as routine as fire drills, many parents have only tepid confidence in the ability of schools to stop a gunman, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. And while most Americans consider schools less safe than they were 20 years ago, the poll… → Read More

AP-NORC Poll: Low confidence in schools to respond to gunman

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty years after the Columbine High School shooting made practicing for armed intruders as routine as fire drills, many parents have only tepid confidence in the ability of... → Read More

Should the SAT be optional? Bribery scandal renews debate

The scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed their children's way into top schools also has highlighted deeper concerns about the fairness of using SAT and ACT tests - focal points of a billion-dollar consulting industry and gatekeepers for a U.S. admissions system already seen as favoring wealth and privilege. → Read More

Should the SAT be optional? Bribery scandal renews debate

The most brazen abuses of standardized testing in the college bribery scandal could be chalked up to security lapses: the ringer hired to take the SAT, the proctors paid to look the other way, the accommodations for extra time obtained through false diagnoses of disabilities. → Read More

National Women's Hall of Fame announces Class of 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, actress Jane Fonda and attorney Gloria Allred are being inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. They are among 10 members of the... → Read More