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WalletHub: Illinois school systems among the best in US
Illinois ranks among the top ten states with the best school systems this year, according to a study performed by WalletHub.
The personal finance website measured the quality of education in all 50 states and the District of Columbia using 13 key metrics, which include student-teacher ratios, standardized test scores, dropout rates and bullying incident rates.
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Teenagers, medication and suicide
The New York Times
Is our culture of relentless achievement and success driving our young people to suicide? You would certainly think so, given the prevailing narrative in the media about the recent spate of suicides on college campuses: one high-achieving student after another succumbing to the toxic social pressure for perfection.
New plan aims to lower teen pregnancy and STD rates in District 150
Peoria Public schools is losing the war for teen pregnancy rates. But the district has a new plan.
Peoria County ranks third out of 102 counties in Illinois for gonorrhea in teens -- only behind Cook County and the city of Chicago.
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Study: Poverty harms brain development in children
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Between 2009 and 2010, 1 million more children in America joined the ranks of those living in poverty, bringing the total to an estimated 15.7 million poor children. Poverty can impede a child's ability to learn and contribute to social, emotional and behavioral problems, as well as poor health and mental health. In fact, new research shows poverty appears to affect the brain development of children, hampering the growth of gray matter and impairing their academic performance.
District uses software to monitor student and teacher's social media posts
In a move that is creating big debate, Orange County Public Schools in Florida is using a software program to monitor its students' and teachers' social media posts in an effort to promote safety.
Teen counselors push back on pot legalization
Burlington Free Press
When Gov. Peter Shumlin lays out arguments for marijuana legalization, listen for the sound of Vermont high school counselors gnashing their teeth.
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Learning to embrace a child's unique potential
By Jane Schoenfeld
Transition is all the rage, and it should be. But what do you do with a kid who doesn't fit neatly into any of the categories? What do you do with any kid in fact? They're all individuals with different strengths and challenges. My daughter has multiple medical conditions, no physical disabilities, many learning difficulties and a PDD-NOS diagnosis, which puts her on the autism spectrum. She graduated from high school with a full diploma and spent two years in college before she decided it was just too hard and not clearly enough structured. So, what to do?
Recent study reveals black students are still disciplined at alarming rates across the nation
Since many kids are now back in school, there's no better time than now to have a candid discussion about how to make our child's education even better. A new study by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, highlights an ever-widening discipline gap, which shows that African-American students are suspended at alarmingly higher rates compared to white students.
Study: Cyberbullying on rise, particularly for teen girls
The Boston Globe
A study of more than 16,000 Boston-area high school students suggests cyberbullying is on the rise, most sharply with girls as victims and abetted by the prevalence of smartphones among teenagers.
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Obama is reinstating Pell grants for prisoners
The Marshall Project
The Obama administration is set to announce that it will reinstate Pell grants to a limited number of prisoners seeking college degrees. It would be the first time that those behind bars could have access to Pell grants since Congress expressly excluded prisoners from the program in 1994.
Study: Bullies have higher self-esteem, social success
Conventional wisdom has long suggested that bullies come from rough families, have low self-esteem, or harass others because they were once victims themselves.
But new research from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, suggests that many bullies may have higher self-esteem and social status than previously thought.
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