- -03-05-10 Protests Nationwide Over Education Budget Cuts (CNN News)
"A California movement protesting $1 billion in budget cuts to the state's university system appeared to have burgeoned into a nationwide demonstration on Thursday."
"Students and professors in dozens of states were challenging administrators and state lawmakers over budget cuts and tuition increases that they say are reducing students' class options and increasing their expenses."
"Some of the demonstrations turned chaotic. In Oakland, California, police arrested 160 protesters who shut down a major freeway, according to city police spokeswoman April McFarland.” 03-10
- -03-12-10 Ultraconservatives Dominate Textbook Development (MSNBC News)
"A far-right faction of the Texas State Board of Education succeeded Friday in injecting conservative ideals into social studies, history and economics lessons that will be taught to millions of students for the next decade."
"Decisions by the board — made up of lawyers, a dentist and a weekly newspaper publisher among others — can affect textbook content nationwide because Texas is one of publishers' biggest clients."
"Ultraconservatives wielded their power over hundreds of subjects this week, introducing and rejecting amendments on everything from the civil rights movement to global politics." 03-10
- -04-24-10 A Revolution in School Lunches (Time.com)
"But school lunch is facing new scrutiny. There's even a prime-time network reality show (Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution) that takes place in school cafeterias and has stars bickering about chicken nuggets and federally mandated grain servings. This is partly due to the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, a once-every-five-years event when Congress decides how much federal money schools will receive under the National School Lunch Program. But it's more than that. This year's vote comes at a time of unprecedented attention to childhood obesity." 04-10
- -05-22-09 American Boy, 13, Breaks Everest Record (CNN News)
"A 13-year-old American became the youngest climber to ever summit Mount Everest on Saturday." 05-10
- -08-22-10 Ten Things Today's Kids Will Never Experience (Time.com)
"The class of 2014 doesn't wear watches, doesn't write in cursive and has no idea why Nirvana is awesome. That's according to Beloit College's annual Mindset List, aimed at helping teachers understand today's cultural references. TIME takes a look at other bygone experiences today's kids will miss." 08-10
- -09-07-09 Obama's Speech to Students (CNN News)
Provides the text of the speech by President Obama to the nation's students in September. 09-09
- -09-26-09 Children Under 10 Will Need Two Swine Flu Shots (U.S. News)
"Still confused about what's going to happen with swine flu shots next month? You're not alone. The federal government and individual states still haven't told us how they're going to distribute the vaccine, or when. Yesterday's chirpy press release from the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases made it easy to think that all children will need just one swine flu immunization, but that's not true. The younger a child is, the less well his or her immune system responded to the swine flu vaccine in clinical trials. So children under age 10 will need two doses of swine flu vaccine, one month apart, according to the NIAID itself." 09-09
- -11-30-09 Too-Fat-To-Graduate Rule Under Fire (CNN News)
"Students at Lincoln University with a body mass index of 30 or above, reflective of obesity, must take a fitness course that meets three hours per week. Those who are assigned to the class but do not complete it cannot graduate."
"Now that the first class to have this requirement imposed is nearing graduation day -- students who entered in the fall of 2006 -- the school faces criticism from both students and outsiders about the fitness class policy." 11-09