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Middle schools get $35 million for drug and safety coordinators

Ninety-seven school districts in 34 states will be able to recruit, hire, and train middle school drug prevention and safety coordinators, thanks to nearly $35 million in grants announced Sept.…

Newslines–Doctor advises review of school records for dioxin effects

A review of Calcasieu Parish, La., school records could tip off researchers as to whether pollution in the area has affected students’ ability to learn, a toxic substance specialist said.…

Houston school buses get ‘black boxes’ to increase safety

The Houston Independent School District (HISD) has rolled out a new program that will equip school buses with data-recording devices similar to the “black boxes” found on airplanes. District officials…

California passes law to equip school buses with safety belts

California Gov. Gray Davis signed legislation requiring safety lap belts and shoulder harnesses on all new school buses starting in 2002, but giving California an emergency exit if the federal…

School psychologists debate merits of “student profiling” to combat violence

Much like the FBI developing psychological profiles to track terrorists and serial killers, school psychologists are putting together checklists of behavior common among students prone to violence. But critics fear…

Tyvek could send mold spores packing

Tyvek‚ the wrap from which waterproof express-mail packages are made, is being tested by DuPont as an insulation that could help eliminate mold problems in school walls. Excelsior Elementary School,…

Program spells relief for school nurses

A new software solution promises to help chronically overburdened school nurses get a handle on their caseloads, track reimbursable student health services, and even issue bills automatically to Medicaid. The…

A dozen dangers to a healthy school environment

Environment & Human Health Inc. (EHHI), a nonprofit organization made up of doctors, public health professionals, and policy experts, has released a list of 12 areas where schools should take…

All Is Not Rosy With Distance Education, Study Says

A case study undertaken by a pair of Indiana University researchers says more work needs to be done to examine potential shortfalls with online distance learning. The study, based on…

Mass. educators undergo a sobering training session on explosives

Some Massachusetts educators had new subjects to discuss this school year. And they weren’t talking only about academics. They were discussing blast waves and incendiary devices, courtesy of a forum…