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Improper Computer Furniture is a Looming Legal Liability for Schools

Court cases for “repetitive motion injuries” and “carpal tunnel syndrome” are waiting to happen to schools. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimates such injuries amount to $27…

School rifle teams draw fire amid spate of school shootings

“There’s a what in the school basement?” That was the reaction many people had in November when test results revealed high levels of lead in the Marion Street Elementary School…

L.A. district mired in controversy over toxins

Sharp criticism being leveled at the Los Angeles Unified School District for its environmental record shows why it’s vital for districts to perform toxicological surveys of new school sites before…

Newslines– Student in critical condition following chemistry class fire

A student whose hair and clothes caught fire when a classroom chemistry experiment sparked a flash fire was hospitalized in critical condition over Thanksgiving weekend. Waverly High School junior Christina…

Report: America’s playgrounds earn a C-minus

A new study by the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) rates the safety of playgrounds in 27 states according to criteria such as supervision, age-appropriate design, fall surfacing, and…

‘Bubbleboy’ computer virus threatens Outlook Express users

Computer security experts are warning of a dangerous new eMail virus, one able to destroy information even when users don’t fully open their messages. “Bubbleboy,” apparently nicknamed after an episode…

Newslines– Phone tracer links fifth-grader, threats

A fifth-grader was arrested on a felony charge Nov. 16 after he allegedly made bomb threats that disrupted classes at the Simsboro, La., consolidated high school for four hours. The…

Newslines– Study: Toxic school bus exhaust harmful to children

Diesel-powered school buses are spewing toxic exhaust linked to lung cancer, asthma attacks, and other respiratory illnesses that threaten the health of children, according to a study released Nov. 19.…

By The Numbers:

Could there ever be enough computer equipment in schools? A recent report by Quality Education Data (QED) suggests that, after years of intense investment in computer hardware at the K-12…

Newslines– Superintendent resigns amid flap over gun

The superintendent of schools in the Cincinnati suburb of Reading, Ohio, has resigned because of community reaction to his suggestion that it might be a good idea to arm teachers.…