Bill to lower barriers to pregnant teens’ education

UPI reports that a U.S. Senate bill would help states and local school districts support pregnant and parenting youth who face challenges staying in school, legislators say. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.; Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., said each year approximately 750,000 U.S. teens get pregnant and almost one-fifth of students across the country drop out of high school. In a nationwide survey, 33 percent of female dropouts and almost 20 percent of male dropouts reported that becoming a parent was a major factor in their decision to leave school…

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Canadian parents say Wi-Fi made kids sick

Some parents in Ontario, Canada, say they suspect Wi-Fi transmitters at their children’s school made them ill, UPI reports. The group of Simcoe County parents have approached school officials about the issue they believe exists at Mountain View Elementary School in Collingwood. One parent, Rodney Palmer, said his children, ages 5 and 9, and others started getting sick last year. “Six months ago, parents started noticing their kids had chronic headaches, dizziness, insomnia, rashes and other neurological and cardiac symptoms, when their kids came home from school,” Palmer said. “But that somehow on the weekends, when they were at home, it would disappear.” The parents started to look at electromagnetic fields produced by wireless internet transmitters in school classrooms as the culprit. Palmer said they found the microwave signal in his daughter’s kindergarten class was four times stronger than the signals found at the base of a cell-phone tower. “Parents raised the concerns about possible medical ill-effects, but to date we have not received any documentation from a doctor saying a child is ill as a result of wireless technology,” Simcoe County District School Board Superintendent John Dance told the Toronto Sun. He said the county’s internet equipment meets national safety standards. A Toronto school district spokesman said the board is investigating the issue with a report expected out this fall…

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