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‘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.…

Planning a secure school facility

School officials involved in designing new facilities or remodeling existing sites should consider the following steps to ensure the safety of their students: • Involve your school security team and…

Excerpts from ISTE’s Connecting Curriculum and Technology

Profiles for technology-literate students In 1998, ISTE released a set of technology standards for K-12 students—performance indicators that could be used as benchmarks to define “technology-literate” students at each grade…

Newslines– Violent crime rates down among youth

Despite fears spawned by a series of high-profile school shootings, violent juvenile crime rates dropped last year, continuing a four-year trend, according to a Justice Department study released Nov. 23.…

Safety tips every teacher should know

Here are safety tips that some school safety consultants believe teachers should know before they step into a classroom: • Don’t lock classroom doors. If the door is open, other…

In new school buildings, safety starts with design

The new school’s hallways were empty, save for a quiet custodian wiping tiny black scuff marks from the floor. There were no lockers slamming, no high-pitched giggles, no groups of…