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Mass. School Bans Homework for Entire Year

But Kelly Elementary School now has 8-hour day

(Newser) - Some 550 children in Massachusetts might now be the envy of students everywhere: A new policy at Kelly Elementary School in Holyoke means they won't be given a single homework assignment all year. But before you file your child's transfer papers, know this: The school—under state receivership... More »

Kid's 'Racist' Brownie Remark Brings Cops to 3rd-Grade Party

Critics say NJ school district is over-reacting

(Newser) - A New Jersey school district that some say has gone overboard in how it handles internal incidents recently confronted its latest issue—this time involving a 9-year-old's "racist" comment about a snack, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. At a third-grade party at Collingswood's William P. Tatem Elementary School,... More »

11-Year-Old Girl Charged in 'Swirly Gone Wrong'

Lanira Tackett's parents call it premeditated assault

(Newser) - A first-grader is recovering after an older schoolmate apparently smashed her head several times against a school toilet—in what police are calling a "swirly" gone wrong, KFVS-12 reports. Authorities tell Fox 5 Atlanta that 6-year-old Lanira Tackett was dragged into a bathroom stall Thursday at Oakland Elementary School... More »

7-Year-Old Fools School With Poorly Spelled Note

The tiny forger spent the afternoon unsupervised

(Newser) - A Texas school district is investigating after the staff at one of its elementary schools was fooled by a misspelled, suspiciously childlike note passed off by a 7-year-old student, KTRK reports. Instead of going to the after-school program at Sheldon Elementary like she was supposed to on Monday, Rosabella Dahu... More »

First-Graders Busted in Plot to Poison Classmate

Cops say they planned to use silica gel packets

(Newser) - Authorities in Anchorage, Alaska, say they've uncovered a surprising murder plot—dreamed up by three first-graders. In a letter sent to parents on March 22, Principal Shanna Mall of Winterberry Charter School explains three students planned to use silica gel packets "to poison and kill another student,"... More »

August Babies More Likely to Be Medicated for ADHD

1.73 times more likely

(Newser) - One's birthdate has already been linked to such things as temperament . Now researchers in Taiwan report in the Journal of Pediatrics that we can add ADHD to the list. When looking at 378,881 children ages 4 to 17 at some point between 1997 to 2011, they found that... More »

Rural School Suspends 5th-Graders for Role in 'Gang'

At least 4 could be expelled for rest of school year

(Newser) - A rural school in the small Indiana town of Bunker Hill, home to just 888 people, is down four students after they were suspended for suspected gang activity. The kicker: They're believed to be between 10 and 11 years old. Though Maconaquah Elementary School is still investigating the incident,... More »

School District Served Kids Meat From 2009

Gravy was used to disguise elderly pork roast

(Newser) - If the Hawkins County school system in Tennessee had kept its meat in the freezer much longer, the meat might have been older than some of the students it was served to. The county says it's changing its procedures after students at many schools were served pork roast that... More »

Cops: Teacher Had 'Secret' Thing With 11-Year-Old

Geraldine Alcorn allegedly planned to run away with her student

(Newser) - An elementary school teacher is in hot water after allegedly developing a secret relationship with her 11-year-old student, WPXI reports via Gawker . Geraldine Alcorn, 28, was arraigned last week in Pittsburgh on charges that include corruption of minors and child luring, and freed on $100,000 bond. She was also... More »

NH Lawmakers Mock, Reject 4th-Graders' Bill

One rep linked state bird bill to Planned Parenthood

(Newser) - A group of fourth-grade students taken to the New Hampshire State House to watch a vote on a bill they proposed ended up getting an excellent lesson in politics last week—but it certainly wasn't an inspiring one. The Lincoln Akerman School students were present as lawmakers criticized and... More »

Ex-Teacher Befriends Student Who Got Him Fired

Josh Kaplowitz was accused of pushing a 7-year-old student

(Newser) - Josh Kaplowitz was an idealistic young teacher at a poor, inner-city school in Washington, DC, when it happened: He was accused of pushing a 7-year-old student so hard that the boy hit his head. The boy's mother sued for $20 million, Kaplowitz lost his job, and he changed careers... More »

School's Answer to Poop Plight: Look at Kids' Undies

Surprise inspection does not go over well

(Newser) - It's not like there's a how-to manual on how to go about finding a student with a penchant for pooping on the gym floor, but if there were, it would probably not include this: Line up the kids and order them to lower their pants for an underwear... More »

Parents Go to School to Grasp Kids' Math

Students learn math in a new way with Common Core

(Newser) - Think math was hard when you went to school? Then check out new Common Core standards in elementary and high schools, which are so different from "old school" methods that parents are attending school to learn how it works—alongside their children, the Washington Post reports. "The toughest... More »

School District Getting Rid of 'Dangerous' Swings

'It's a matter of liability,' Washington district says

(Newser) - Swingsets are becoming a thing of the past at school playgrounds in a Washington state school district because insurance companies have decided they're too hazardous. "It's just really a safety issue; swings have been determined to be the most unsafe of all the equipment on a playground,... More »

First-Grader Gave Out Grandma's Heroin: DA

7-year-old allegedly brought misplaced drugs into school

(Newser) - Babysitting her grandson, a Pennsylvania grandmother misplaced her heroin—and it turned up in the 7-year-old's pockets at school a few days later, CNN reports. So says the district attorney, who warns that "any exposure to heroin for a young child is likely to result in death."... More »

Opposition: Syria School Bombing Kills 25 Kids

As another chemical weapons deadline comes and goes

(Newser) - Twenty-five children were killed when an elementary school in Syria's largest city was bombed today, opposition activists say. Regime forces dropped barrel bombs—barrels containing a combination of explosives and items like nails—in the opposition stronghold of Aleppo, according to an opposition group; CNN describes gruesome video but... More »

FBI: PTA President Made Kiddie Porn at School

David Navarro faces multiple charges, including producing child pornography

(Newser) - A twisted tale out of Washington state: Prosecutors allege a man shot an iPhone video of a girl, 8, performing oral sex at Belfair Elementary School, where he served as PTA president. The video was then shared online, CNN reports. The trail began with investigators in Denmark and Australia, who... More »

Body of 2nd 4th-Grader on Deadly Field Trip Found

Boy had been missing since yesterday's mudslide

(Newser) - The body of a boy missing since a rockslide killed a classmate and left two others injured at a Minnesota park yesterday was recovered today. St. Paul's assistant fire chief says crews found the body late in the morning after they came up with a plan for resuming the... More »

4th-Grade Field Trip Turns Deadly in Minnesota

At least one child killed in mudslide at Lilydale Regional Park

(Newser) - A fourth-grade field trip to a Minnesota park ended in tragedy yesterday, after the rain-soaked slope the nearly 50 students were hiking on gave way, killing at least one child. A search for a second buried child was halted overnight after a search dog was unable to detect the student'... More »

Elementary School Cafeteria Goes 100% Vegetarian

PS 244 is first school in New York City to do so

(Newser) - Forget Meatless Mondays : Every day is meatless at New York City's Public School 244, the first public school in the city to offer up an entirely vegetarian menu, the AP reports. (It's thought to be the one of first meat-free elementary schools in the entire country, adds NBC... More »

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