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Governor Wants Smartphones Out of Schools

New York's Hochul wants to allow only basic phones without internet access

(Newser) - Gov. Kathy Hochul said she wants a law prohibiting smartphones in New York's schools to keep children from obsessively using social media. "I have seen these addictive algorithms pull in young people, literally capture them and make them prisoners in a space where they are cut off from...

School Board Votes to Bring Back Confederate Names

Decision by Virginia's Shenandoah County school board came despite pushback

(Newser) - A Virginia school board has become the first in the country to restore school names honoring Confederate generals shortly after removing them. The school board in Shenandoah County, Virginia, on Friday approved a proposal to rename Mountain View High School to Stonewall Jackson High School and Honey Run Elementary School...

Oscar Win Inspires a Rush of Donations for LA Schools

'The Last Repair Shop' seeks to raise millions for a small group fixing instruments

(Newser) - When The Last Repair Shop took home the Oscar for best documentary short film this year, it shone a spotlight on the people fixing instruments for kids in the Los Angeles public school system. Donations to the program, which has been cut back to 11 people from 60 in its...

Nearly 800 of School's Students Were Absent on Wednesday

Not due to COVID, but a 'highly contagious' gastrointestinal bug that's closed Alabama school

(Newser) - As one Florida elementary school deals with measles , another in Alabama is contending with a "gastrointestinal outbreak" that kept nearly 800 students out of school in just one day. WKRG reports that Fairhope West Elementary School is now closed Thursday and Friday after 773 students called in on Wednesday,...

High-Tech Spying in High Schools Busts Vapers

Students often aren't told of sensors, surveillance in school bathrooms

(Newser) - When Aaliyah Iglesias was caught vaping at a Texas high school, suddenly, the rest of her high school experience was threatened: being student council president, her role as debate team captain, and walking at graduation. Even her college scholarships. She was sent to the district's alternative school for 30...

Tipline Prevents 6 School Attacks in a Single State

Anonymous reporting system also prevented more than 100 suicides over 4 years, study finds

(Newser) - School tiplines used to report potential gun violence and other concerning behavior from students helped prevent at least six attacks on schools in North Carolina over four years, according to a new study. Schools in 23 states, serving more than 5 million students from grades 6 to 12, have adopted...

Elite Eton Delays Opening Due to Overflowing Toilets
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Elite Boys School Has a Potty Problem

UK's Eton College delays semester start after Thames sewers overflow, flooding toilets

(Newser) - Students at Eton College started their next semester remotely on Wednesday—not because of COVID or any other contagion, but due to a lavatory issue. Thanks to recent heavy rains in the UK, the Thames has overflowed, which in turn has flooded sewers in Berkshire, where the elite boys boarding...

'Unapproved' Schools Illustrate an Education Trend

The AP looks at such schools in Louisiana, an offshoot of the homeschooling movement

(Newser) - Arliya Martin accepted her high school diploma with relief and gratitude. It was her ticket to better-paying work, she felt, after getting kicked out of high school and toiling for eight years at factory jobs in Springfield, Louisiana, to support her children. "This is a new path for me,...

Booming Business in US Schools: Teletherapy

Advocates say it's vital, but concerns arise about quality of help

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School Principals Form Unwanted but Necessary Group

A deep dive into the Principal Recovery Network, a support group for leaders at schools affected by gun violence

(Newser) - Frank DeAngelis used to belong to a lonely club of one. Now, he's got nearly two dozen companions in that club, but it's one he wishes didn't exist. In fact, DeAngelis—the former principal of Colorado's Columbine High School, where a 1999 mass shooting left 12...

Teachers in This State's Largest City Hit the Picket Line

Educators in Portland, Oregon, are striking over salary, class sizes, lack of resources

(Newser) - Teachers in Portland, Oregon, walked off the job on Wednesday for the first day of a strike that shuttered schools for some 45,000 students in Oregon's largest city. Concerns over large class sizes, salaries that haven't kept up with inflation, and a lack of resources prompted the...

In France, a New Clothing Ban Irks Muslims

Hijabs, face veils were already barred in schools in the name of secularism; now, the abaya robe is, too

(Newser) - First France banned headscarves in its public schools, then full face veils. Now, the abaya, a long, baggy robe worn by practicing Muslim girls and women in the name of modesty, joins the list of banned attire in the nation's classrooms. Reuters reports that new Education Minister Gabriel Attal...

Does James Like to Be Called Jimmy? Not So Fast in Florida

Some districts now want parental OK before using nicknames, alternate names for trans students

(Newser) - A new school year has kicked off in many spots in the South, and two counties in Florida are already making waves for a correspondence that's been delivered to educators and parents. WESH reports that Seminole County sent an email to families this week noting that if their kids...

In Louisville, First Day of School Is 'Transportation Disaster'

Last Jefferson County Public Schools students were dropped off at 9:58pm

(Newser) - For some students in Kentucky's biggest school district, the first day of school turned out to be the first night of school, too. Issues with school buses on Wednesday meant the final bus riders weren't dropped off until 9:58pm, said a rep for Jefferson County Public Schools—...

'One of Most Sex-Ridden Books Around' Returned to School Shelves

Utah's Davis School District reverses decision

(Newser) - Bibles will return to the shelves in a northern Utah school district that provoked an outcry after it banned them from middle and elementary schools last month, the AP reports. Officials from the Davis School District said at a board meeting Tuesday that the district had determined the sacred text...

Dozens of Students Killed in Rebel Attack on High School

Ugandan authorities recover more than 40 bodies, mostly kids, after suspected rebels invade

(Newser) - Ugandan authorities recovered the bodies of 41 people, including 38 students, who were burned, shot, or hacked to death after suspected rebels attacked a secondary school near the border with Congo, the local mayor said Saturday. At least six people were abducted by the rebels, who fled across the porous...

Sorry, Parents, Kids Need to Lose Their Phones in School

Jonathan Haidt makes the case for it in the 'Atlantic,' citing mental health, lack of focus

(Newser) - Last month, the US surgeon general released a report pointing to the links between social media and declining mental health in America's kids and teens, and Jonathan Haidt says the transition to cellphones in the late aughts and early 2010s has played a role. That's why he now...

Authorities: Teen Upset Over Phone Set Deadly Dorm Fire

19 victims at boarding school in Mahdia, Guyana, had been locked in for the night by house mother

(Newser) - Investigators in Guyana believe a fire that killed 19 people, mostly girls, trapped in a school dormitory was deliberately set by a student who was upset that her mobile phone had been confiscated, a top official said Tuesday. The suspect in the fire late Sunday, who's among the injured,...

Michigan School District Makes Big Safety Move

Flint Community Schools bans backpacks for all students through at least the end of school year

(Newser) - Students of a public school district in Michigan are, as of Monday, banned from carrying backpacks. Flint Community Schools cited safety concerns in unveiling the new rule—approved by the Flint Board of Education in a 7-0 vote, per the Hill —which will be in place for K-12 students...

Cops: Teen Arrested After Disturbing Call From Sister

19-year-old accused of planning shootings at multiple schools, churches in Colorado Springs area

(Newser) - A Colorado teen has been arrested and accused of plotting to "shoot up" schools and churches in the Colorado Springs area. According to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Gazette , the sister of the 19-year-old suspect called authorities on March 31, noting that her sibling was exhibiting violent behavior,...

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