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Education Week
Timeline: School Violence and Security
Experts Make Case for Later School Start Times
Teachers Still Rule in Class, Says Report
Educational Quality Pushed for Developing Wolrd
Middle School Leader Gets National Award

Crowd-sourced map project
Get Going: Teachers’ Favorite Field Trip Locations

Charters and Choice
Study: Catholic Schools Benefit From Converting to Charter Schools

Ed Tech
Special Needs Students Benefit from Synched Classrooms

Teaching Now
App Seeks to Take Complexity Out of Teaching Physics

State EdWatch
School Security in the News
States Fail to Meet Disaster-Preparedness Standards

District Dossier
Detroit Schools Regain Some Financial, Administrative Control
UPDATED: School Reform Network Shutters National Office

Curriculum Matters
Arm Wrestling for STEM
Knowing How to Spell Won’t Be Enough for National Spelling Bee Competition
Thirteen-Year-Old Wins National Spelling Bee With ‘Knaidel’
Farm Theme Saves Kansas Elementary School From Closing
Infectious-Diseases Program Engages Students in Science

Beyond Schools
Volunteering Can Help Reduce Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Adolescents, Study Says
Playing With Legos to Support After-School STEM Lessons
Study Looks at How Children Drive Flu Outbreaks, In and Out of School
Students to Visit Haiti for Reforestation Design Project
Summer Learning Programs’ Potential for Bridging Achievement Gaps
In Summer Reading Programs, Free Meals Served Up Alongside Books
$40K in Donations Saves After-School Program in Calif.

Rules for Engagement
Investigation Finds Sexual Harassment, Assault ‘Pervasive’ in Calif. District
Citing New Transgender Law, Lawmaker Pulls Son From School
Sodium May Be Linked to Increased Blood Pressure in Youths, Study Finds
Congress Urged to Expand Opportunities for African-American Boys
Positive School Climate Better at Deterring Student Drug Use
New High School Includes On-Campus Rifle Range
Students Raise Cattle for Class and Food
Wisc. School District Considers Warning Students About Sexual Activity
One in Three Adolescents Are Victims of Dating Violence, Report Says
After Going Vegetarian, N.Y. School Reports Health, Academic Benefits
Duncan: Later Start Times for Schools Is ‘Common Sense’
School Food Pantries Provide Students With More Food
Sticky Notes Send Encouragement, Praise Random Acts of Kindness
Schools Can Help Combat Sexual Exploitation, Trafficking of Children

Schooled in Sports
Idaho Student-Athletes Miss Playing Time Due to Concussions
‘Tebow Bill’ Faces Opposition in Alabama, Support in Texas
Fla. Bill Would Allow Students to Substitute Computer Science for Physical Education
Childhood Obesity Increasing in Children From Low Socioeconomic Backgrounds
Coordinated School Health Model Can Increase Students’ Physical Activity
Fotonovella Provides Information on Sports Injuries
Nutritionist Threatened for ‘Demonstrably False’ Statement About Energy Drinks
Study: Children With Brain Injuries at Higher Risk of Depression
Camp Combines Sports and Math to Engage Students in Learning
Study Suggests Keeping Kids Active for Longer Stretches
District Accepts Grant to Expand Yoga Program
Students With Disabilities Can Skip Gym If They Play Sports
E-Games May Not Sway Youths’ Habitual Physical Activity
Physical Education Requirements Questioned for Student-Athletes
Postgame Team Prayers Banned at Michigan High School
Guidelines Focus on Effective Sports-Medicine Management for Youth-Athletes
Hazing Rituals in High School Sports Becoming More Sexually Violent
Court Rules Yoga Program ‘Not Religious’
‘Best Practice’ Policies Focus on Preventing Student-Athlete Deaths
Michelle Obama, Jimmy Fallon Celebrate 3rd Anniversary of Let’s Move!
Build Environments That Encourage Youth Activity, Experts Say
Girl Kicked Off Football Team Was Told She Might Distract Boys
New High School Sports Network Planned for Coming School Year
Middle School Basketball Player Claims Racial Harassment by Teammates
Educators Bike 150 Miles to Spotlight Need for Health and P.E. Programs
Title IX Complaint Filed Against D.C. Public Schools
Modest Weight Loss in Children Can Help With Obesity Later in Life
Sports-Philanthropy Partnership Looks to Bring Technology to Classrooms
National Bike to School Day Aims to Promote Health, Safer Routes
Physical Activity More Key to Children’s Health Than Cutting Seat Time
World Fit Gets Students Walking to Reverse Effects of Obesity
Educators Want Mandatory Health, Physical Education in Schools, Survey Finds
Adolescent Girls Report Dance Has Positive Influence
Coca-Cola Joins Anti-Obesity Discussion
Dance-Related Injuries Increasing Among Youth Dancers
Indicators Can Help Predict Possible Post-Concussion Symptoms in Youth Athletes
Rule Changes Address Safety, Communication in Scholastic Football and Soccer
Yoga Poses Problems for Some Calif. Parents
Kansas Wins Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge, Again
In Chicago, A Teachers’ Strike Could Threaten Fall Sports Season
High School Math Teacher: The ‘Wayne Gretzky of Lacrosse’
Recess Makes Return to Chicago Schools
District Aims to Raise $3 Million From Ads for Athletic Upgrades
What Drives Youth-Sports Participation? Survey Aims to Find Out
‘Coaches Challenge’ Aims to Recruit 10,000 New Mentors

Capital News Service
White House Let’s Move program lets schools snag salad bars
Educators work to get more women in math classes
Maryland may seek waiver of No Child Left Behind school reform
Maryland college-bound seniors exceed SAT national average

UMCP-UMB Merger—Series

Published between September-December, 2011—Throughout the semester at CNS, I kept tabs on the University System of Maryland Board of Regent’s study on a potential merger between the University of Maryland flagship campus, College Park, and the founding campus, Baltimore.

Regents hear progress ‘well under way’ in UMCP-UMB merger study
University merger talk gets largely positive campus response
UMCP UMB merger forums end with mixed reviews
USM Regents decline merger, back strategic alliance