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Tobacco money to support bathroom monitors in Massachusetts schools

No more smoking in the boys’ rooms in several Massachusetts communities. Under a trial program expected to begin this fall, some local schools would post monitors to look for students…

Principals and Police use internet to track troubled teens

In the town of Normal, Ill., school administrators and local law enforcement officials are taking steps to ensure that events here live up to the community’s name. To prevent the…

Educators wonder: Is school violence triggering an exodus of students from our public schools?

There was only one reason Karen Ankerstar moved her family from Colorado to Florida three years ago and eventually enrolled her 15-year-old son in a private high school in Sarasota.…

Teen arrested for internet threat of Columbine student

An internet threat that shut down Columbine High School for two days led the FBI far from Colorado to a Florida teen-ager. Michael Ian Campbell, 18, was charged on Dec.…

Support for ‘zero tolerance’ wavers

Amid growing criticism from civil-rights activists and parents, some schools are reexamining their zero tolerance discipline policies—especially when it comes to everyday student problems. Using a zero-tolerance approach is particularly…

Teacher fired for inappropriate material on computer

A Minneapolis teacher was fired after school officials found a sexually explicit picture stored on his classroom computer, district officials said. The 29-year-old man taught at Riverwest School, a public…

State agents crack down on internet sales of cigarettes to kids

The attorney general and agents for the state of Washington have announced a crackdown on internet sales of tobacco products to kids. Agents on Dec. 21 sent cease-and-desist orders to…

New Mexico district offers ‘bounty’ on students with guns

Los Lunas, N.M., schools have a new weapon in the fight to keep guns off campus: money. The district plans a $1,000 reward for anyone who turns in people who…

“Hope for Urban Education” takes flight

Nine urban elementary schools that have served children of color in poor communities and achieved impressive academic results are the focus of this report released in December at the Department…

Principals, police use internet to track troubled teens

In the town of Normal, Ill., school administrators and local law enforcement officials are taking steps to ensure that events here live up to the community’s name. To prevent the…