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House committee studying Illinois' school funding
With the state's dire budget situation serving as an impetus, a bipartisan panel of House members took up work begun by Democrats last summer to replace Illinois' school funding formula.
Facebook clarifies rules on cyberbullying, revenge porn, nudity and more
International Business Times
Facebook recently clarified its community standards guidelines, providing more details about posts that won't be allowed. Threatening to harm people physically or financially, online bullying, shaming and degradation, and anything that encourages suicide or eating disorders are among the content the social networking company has marked as taboo.
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Schools confront haunting reality: Student suicides
It is something no teachers or school administrators ever want to experience, but a reality that they must be prepared to confront: the death of a student.
And while most student deaths are from accidents or illness, in a recent federal study suicide was found to be the No. 3 cause of death among those 10 to 14 years old.
Schools all over the nation have been searching for ways to prevent it.
Do charter schools deserve more state funding?
Educating Indiana's poorest students at a lower cost than traditional public schools was a selling point of charter schools when they first opened 13 years ago.
This spring, charter schools are clamoring for more funding from the General Assembly while facing criticism they have not succeeded at the job they set out to do.
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Teachers protest bill that would let schools skip gym class
A flood of physical education teachers, some holding clipboards and wearing sneakers, flooded a state hearing to argue schools shouldn't be allowed to get rid of gym class.
When does teasing become bullying?
The Boston Globe
Today's parents are going through a period of "heightened awareness" around the concept of bullying, says Dr. Peter Raffalli, the director of Boston Children's Hospital's Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention and Advocacy Collaborative Clinic. More awareness is beneficial in many ways, but it also requires parents to distinguish between normal childhood spats that will resolve on their own, and severe harm, which warrants intervention either by school administrators or among parents. Raffalli says that true bullying is "repetitive, mean-spirited harassment where the victim cannot troubleshoot it," as opposed to one-off quarrels or insults. The key is to determine which is which.
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PARCC testing launches with some pushback, confusion
The launch of new state exams in most school districts this week signaled a historic shift in how and when Illinois public school students are tested. It also spurred rebellion and confusion in the Chicago area and pockets downstate, even as some districts reported only minor glitches and a smooth transition.
Kids read mean tweets in powerful anti-bullying PSA
When we see celebrities reading the mean things people have tweeted to them, it's funny. They're used to this sort of stuff, they get it all the time and unfortunately, criticism is sort of part of the celeb gig.
Not that it doesn't hurt, but they've learned over the years to let it roll off their backs. Plus, for every mean tweet, they're getting hundreds of nice ones, so it's hard to imagine it would really hurt their confidence too much.
What about kids, though?
March into college readiness
The Huffington Post
March is a busy time for high school juniors and their families. Here are some March college readiness tips from the editors at The Huffington Post.
Marijuana linked to manic, depressive symptoms
Cannabis increases manic and depressive symptoms, according to a recent study.
Around 2 percent of the U.K. population has bipolar disorder, with up to 60 percent using cannabis at some point in their lives, but research in this area is limited and reasons for high levels of use are unclear.
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