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School counselors' influence grows
With national attention intensifying on preparing students for college and careers, the nation's estimated 103,000 school counselors in K-12 schools are playing a more critical role in preparing students for life after graduation. For the first time this year, the White House hosted the Counselor of the Year awards in collaboration with the American School Counselor Association.
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Feds: Suburban school's locker room policy discriminates against transgender student
Palatine's District 211, Illinois' largest high school district, says it has no plans to give transgender students unrestricted access to school locker rooms, despite a finding by federal officials calling the school's current policy "inadequate and discriminatory."
Peoria Public Schools implement new districtwide sex education curriculum
Peoria Public Schools are bringing a new districtwide sex education curriculum to classrooms this month.
This is the first time District 150 schools have taught the same material, which includes contraception and abstinence.
Von Steuben Middle School recently completed the series of six lessons.
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Rethinking student discipline and zero tolerance
The U.S. Department of Education kicked off a "Rethinking Discipline" campaign over the summer that could help bring attention to "restorative practices," an alternative to the zero-tolerance policies that are standard practice in many schools.
How schools can support parents in helping their kids
As educators, we often emphasize the wrong things when we urge parental involvement. Rather than asking parents to reinforce what we do in schools, we need to find ways to reinforce what parents can do to be effective parents.
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The key to making independent educational evaluations work
By Howard Margolis
You sent your child's IEP team a brief request for an independent educational evaluation, and they agreed with it. Like you, the team members said they wanted greater insight into your child's struggles with reading, writing and related problems. They too felt stymied, and they agreed to the IEE without restrictions or legal actions. They even asked you to pick your own examiner, as long as he or she had the proper certifications. You feel great! Smooth sailing, right? Not so fast.
Assessments help students find pathway to opportunities
With so much discussion of late regarding testing, this is a good time to talk about some positive aspects of student assessment that can provide significant opportunities for their future.
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Immunization deadline keeps some students out of school
Students across the state had to get up-to-date vaccines by Oct. 15, otherwise they couldn't go to school.
"It was a good thing for them to, you know, say, 'Don't come back to school until you've got it,'" says Tekanna Long, parent of two students.
A strict deadline kept hundreds out of school, all because they waited until the last minute to get their shots. In Decatur, healthcare centers with walk-in immunization clinics were packed.
Ensuring school security: The good, the great and the terrifying
By Ryan Clark
Following the recent college shootings in Oregon, Texas and Arizona, schools nationwide are rightfully investigating ways to strengthen their building security. While many are placing the eye of scrutiny on guns, others are choosing to place it on physical accessibility. After all, if the bad guys can't get in, all talk of gun carrying is moot. Now, there are good ways and bad ways to go about this — there are also some dangerous ways. This article will attempt to discuss them all.
Ex-Chicago schools chief pleads guilty in contract scheme
The New York Times
After pleading guilty to her role in a scheme to steer $23 million in no-bid contracts to education firms for $2.3 million in bribes and kickbacks, the former chief executive of Chicago Public Schools apologized, saying students, parents and employees deserved "much more than I gave to them."
Schools need a return of parental involvement
Las Vegas Sun
It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child. Our educational practices have gradually but deliberately set agendas and procedures in place that have excluded parents from the process. It is time to set our sights on ways to recruit parents back into their childs educational journey.
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