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Proposal 1 May Be Complicated, but Has Major Implications for Schools

Non-partisan analysts break down May 5 ballot issue to help guide voters

Helping Students Grow After Bullying Incidents

When Tarena VanDyke was accused of bullying another student, it really hurt, she said. “I’ve never seen myself as a bully,” said the Northview High School senior. “I hope I’m a nice person.” But after watching a series of videos about...

Gay-Straight Alliances Foster Safe Haven for LGBT Students

The laughter inside the classroom reaches a crescendo when Caleb Smith hauls out Bruce the Shark — the somewhat official mascot of Rockford High School's Gay-Straight Alliance. Bruce, who moonlights as a hand-held puppet, quickly earned his keep when...

Why Are Some Schools High Achievers in Reading?

At Sunfield Elementary in Lakewood Public Schools, students read while waiting in line for the bathroom. At North Godwin Elementary in Godwin Heights, kindergartners practice memorizing more words by sight than at most other schools. At Byron Center's Brown...

Teachers Tweak Instruction to Engage Students at All Learning Levels

Discovery Elementary School's first-grade classrooms were bustling with activity. In one room, students read parts in the play "The City Mouse and The Country Mouse." In another, teacher Carla Schuch pointed to the words "deer" and "dear" as a...

Beyond Reading and Writing: School Nurses Serve Main Point of Contact for Many Low-Income...

Editor's Note: The Burden of Poverty: A Backpack of Heartache is a continuing series examining the problems poverty creates for students and their families, plus the schools and strategies that are helping disadvantaged students succeed A student stays home sick because of problems with...

Dental Team Saving Teeth, School Days, in Districts with High Need

Editor's Note: The Burden of Poverty: A Backpack of Heartache is a continuing series examining the problems poverty creates for students and their families, plus the schools and strategies that are helping disadvantaged students succeed Fluoride flavor was a concern for Analashia Reid, a...

The Price of Poverty: Students Struggle to Overcome Families’ Financial Hardships

Editor’s note: This month, School News Network launches a continuing series on poverty in the schools and how it affects students’ learning. We will examine not only the problems poverty creates for students and their families, but the schools...

Upcoming Election Filled with School Board Candidates, Tax Requests

Get ready to vote. All 20 public school districts in the Kent ISD are having school board elections on Tuesday, Nov. 4, and several seek tax renewals. Though in a majority of districts school board candidates are running unopposed, eight...
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