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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…

Poll: Two-thirds of Americans say police in schools would quell violence

Posting police officers in hallways would help curb school violence, two out of three adults said in an Associated Press poll taken in late August. But most Americans see dangerous…

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…

Book Helps Schools Understand the Legal Issues Regarding Technology Use

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) has published “Legal Issues & Education Technology: A School Leader’s Guide.” The guidebook, a joint effort between the NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys and…

Los Angeles schools approve use of low-risk herbicide

Seeking to control a campus weed problem without using potentially harmful chemicals, Los Angeles Unified School District officials have voted to allow use of a low-grade herbicide while continuing to…