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School counselors struggle under workload
WRAL-TV
To 16-year-old Leanne Neill, the Normal Community High School counseling staff has been a godsend. A NCHS sophomore, she missed several days of class last semester after her cousin suffered a serious spinal injury while playing defensive tackle for his high school in Watseka. "They ask me all the time how he's doing and how the family is," she said. "I spent a lot of time out of class, and they helped me get caught up on homework and stay on track." Unfortunately, school counselors have steadily fewer opportunities to provide the kind of one-on-one attention students like Neill received.
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Depression in teachers impacts classroom learning
LiveScience
Elementary school teachers who have more symptoms of depression may have a negative influence on some students' academic performance, a new study suggests.
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Learn warning signs
recordnet.com
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and on Thursday evening, several organizations teamed up to put on a program called Love You to Death. Held at University of the Pacific, the two-hour event educated its audience about characteristics of relationships plagued by physical and emotional injury.
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Schools move to teach typing to students at younger ages
The Associated Press via The Republic
Eighth-grade students at Jane Addams Middle School were focused on their keyboard strokes Wednesday morning in their applied technology class. Except for the clacking of keyboards, the room was silent between their teacher's instructions, as the 19 students typed word strings, such as "ask all salsa" and "glad dad had half a salad."
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Call for commission study on Illinois school funding
The Associated Press via WSIL-TV
Two Illinois lawmakers say the time is right for lawmakers to fix the way the state distributes education dollars. Republican state Sen. Jason Barickman of Bloomington says he's filing legislation that would commission a study to develop a formula for state funding of schools based on local needs.
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Sleep-starved kids: The dangers of catching too few winks
U.S. News & World Report
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has deemed insufficient sleep a public health epidemic, making people more susceptible to chronic diseases such as diabetes, depression, hypertension and obesity, in addition to cancer and an increased risk of death. And while an estimated 50 to 70 million American adults suffer from a sleep disorder, a 2014 poll from the National Sleep Foundation revealed that many kids themselves aren’t getting the shuteye they need.
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Local schools receive fitness, health grants
Beloit Daily News
Those at Merrill and Hackett Elementary schools will be on the move thanks to their Balanced Active Lifestyle Grants. Merrill and Hackett each received $1,000 to devote to fitness. The McDonald's Balanced Active Lifestyle Grant Program is designed to reward schools and educators in the southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois area for developing unique and educational programs that help to support physical fitness and health education in first through eighth grades.
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What it's like to take a Common Core test
U.S. News & World Report
A defining moment for the Common Core State Standards movement will come next week, when students nationwide will begin taking standardized tests tailored to the much-maligned academic standards.
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Preteens, teens often are prescribed meds to help cope
Toledo Blade
Increasingly, teenagers and preteens are stressed out by the expectations of society and overwhelmed by the constant bombardment of information. As a result, more doctors are prescribing anti-anxiety and sleep medication to kids as young as 12 to help them cope. A new University of Michigan study has found that adolescent prescription drug users are more prone to abuse those drugs.
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