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Study: Sibling bullying more common than schoolyard torment
The biggest bullies might not be in the playground, but in the top bunk.
That's the takeaway from a new study that says sibling torment could be more common than aggression at school or in the neighborhood — and the perpetrators and victims don't even see it as bullying.
Illinois senator announces new school-funding legislation
In an effort to fix what he sees as a "broken system" of education funding, state Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, announced legislation to overhaul the way Illinois doles out education dollars to districts.
If passed, the evidence-based model would tie funding to an analysis of each district’s individual costs and needs, using a set of education best practices as a budgeting guideline.
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Eating disorders: Know the warning signs
More than 30 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder, and nearly half of all Americans personally know someone with an eating disorder, according to the Eating Disorders Coalition. Every 62 minutes, someone dies as a direct result of complications from an eating disorder.
Eating disorders are the most complex of all mental illnesses, and have the second highest mortality rate among adolescence, only after the number one killer, car accidents.
Role reversal: Students at an Illinois elementary school take the hot seat
A school in central Illinois is taking a new approach to the dreaded parent-teacher conference by putting students on the hot seat. At Dennis Elementary in Decatur, it's the students who do the talking.
They present parents with grades and progress reports in the presence of their teacher.
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Federal lunch program helps downstate Illinois schools
The Associated Press via KTVI-TV
Southern Illinois school districts are taking advantage of a federal school meals program that allows all students in qualifying schools to eat for free.
The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale reports districts in southern Illinois that have at least 40 percent of students who qualify for either free or reduced-meal programs also meet the requirement for the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
Keep college prep out of elementary school
Even though some elementary school students might still be too small to get on the "big kid" rides, it doesn't mean they're too young for campus tours and serious contemplation of their futures.
At least, that's been the trend at elementary and middle schools throughout the country that have already begun encouraging college readiness and taking field trips to campuses, such as Rice University, the University of North Carolina and the University of Maryland, as reported in a recent New York Times article.
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Illinois lawmakers to consider e-cigarette ban indoors
This session, Illinois lawmakers will consider banning electronic cigarettes in the same places traditional cigarettes are already banned in the state.
A bill, introduced this week by Illinois Representative Kathleen Willis, D-District 77, would amend the School Code and the Smoke Free Illinois Act. This bill would prohibit electronic cigarettes on school property, bars and restaurants, and businesses. The bill would permit theater actors to use electronic cigarettes within performance spaces.
Cyberbullying linked to sixfold increase in female college student depression
More than 1 in 4 females have experienced cyberbullying in college, increasing their risk for depression. Female college students who acted as cyberbullies were also more likely to report problem alcohol use, according to a new study published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.
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