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Illinois bill aims to give more college credit to high school students
WGEM-TV
Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation that would give students who take advanced placement tests college credit. House Bill 3428 would require all state public universities and community colleges to give students college credit if they score a three or higher on a five-point scale exam.
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IHSA launches 'Play Smart' initiative after criticism over safety
Chicago Tribune
The Illinois High School Association, buffeted by criticism that it has been cavalier about player safety, is scheduled to announce a new initiative meant to "reclaim the narrative" about the organization's commitment to protecting the health of young athletes.
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Omega-3 shown to reduce antisocial, aggressive behavior in kids
PsychCentral
A new study suggests that omega-3, a fatty acid commonly found in fish oil, may have long-term neurodevelopmental effects that ultimately reduce antisocial and aggressive behavior in children.
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How does your school garden grow?
By Brian Stack
After a long winter, spring has finally arrived. For many — especially those who spent a season buried under record-breaking snowfalls — the warm weather means it is time to plant the family garden. Home gardens have been on the rise since 2009 when the White House announce plans to plant their own kitchen garden. Describing fruits and vegetables as "brain food,"” first lady Michelle Obama's personal fight to promote healthy eating habits for children has made its way to schools, and school gardens are now on the rise in America.
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U.S. News releases 2015 Best High Schools rankings
U.S. News & World Report
A high school diploma has become vital to career and financial success, and the U.S. high school graduation rate has climbed higher than ever before. As educators work to get even more students into caps and gowns, they are experimenting with innovative instructional methods. Through specialized class work, high schools are facilitating teen entrepreneurs and published authors, for example. Plus, there has been a renewed interest in career and technical programs.
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Survey: School bullying problem recedes; whites more likely targets than minorities
StarTribune
Nearly 1 in 4 surveyed U.S. students say they have been bullied in school. That's an improvement, but the prevalence reinforces just how difficult the problem is to solve.
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Technology breaks the silence for Fort Worth students
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Travis Pilcher, 20, didn't talk for most of his life. He was a mystery to his teachers, who couldn't find a way to help the severely autistic young man. By the time he was a teenager, his parents, Michael and Shannia Pilcher of Fort Worth, Texas, were exhausted from dealing with his mood swings and aggressive behavior.
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School counselor talks social media's impact on bullying
KELO-TV
It is bad enough when it is in the hallways, but now, most kids cannot even escape school bullies at home. There are several apps you can download that let you vent about things such as homework and school. Unfortunately, you can also talk about people and you can do this anonymously. A school counselor says this can create issues at school, and it can create new challenges for how she helps students.
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Are we preparing students for college, career and incarceration?
Education Week
Whoever said "Sunshine is the best disinfectant" should have added "if you have the courage to face what the sunshine reveals and do something about it." Perhaps it is our lack of courage, or simply a desire to not face what isn't pretty, but the matter of how children of different races are handled still needs some sunshine shed upon it.
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Illinois high school students put school on Craigslist for senior prank
WMAQ-TV
Students at an Illinois high school played the ultimate senior prank when they put their school up for sale on Craiglist. A group of graduating seniors at Sandwich High School in Sandwich, located southwest of Chicago, placed an advertisement on Craigslist for their school with an asking price of $2,015 — for the year they graduate.
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10 things we know about bullying
CNN
The U.S. Department of Education is hailing what it calls the "first significant decrease" in school-based bullying since the federal government started gathering such data back in 2005.
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