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September 2, 2015
Governor and lawmakers applaud release of state’s early childhood roadmap
A revised version of the state's early childhood roadmap puts more emphasis on the preschool-to-kindergarten transition and the two ends of the early childhood spectrum.
December 22, 2014
Why taking care of teachers’ (literal) voices matters for student learning
Research shows voice problems can make it hard for students to understand teachers and can lead teachers to miss school. But awareness and preparation can help teachers take care of their vocal health.
April 30, 2013
A Queens school with a health focus takes its cafeteria meat-free
The Active Learning Elementary School is the first school in the city to go meat-free in its cafeteria. Chancellor Dennis Walcott recognized Principal Bob Groff and others at the school during a visit today. (Photo: Helen Chin) A Queens school that has won accolades in the past for encouraging its students to adopt healthy behaviors is taking things a step further by eliminating meat from its cafeteria. The Active Learning Elementary School, which serves young students in Flushing, is the first school in the city to go all-vegetarian, and city officials say it might be a pathbreaker nationwide. Chancellor Dennis Walcott, a fitness and diet junkie himself, visited the school for lunch today. Instead of serving sloppy joes or roasted chicken, the school will serve up "healthy recipes such as roasted chickpeas, braised black beans with plantains, tofu vegetable wrap with cucumber salad, vegetarian chili served with brown rice, falafel, and roasted tofu with Asian sesame sauce," according to the city's press release. Principal Robert Groff said in a statement the city distributed that the change was spurred on by the school's students. "We discovered early on that our kids were gravitating toward our vegetarian offerings, and we kept expanding the program to meet the demand," he said.
August 23, 2012
Bloomberg hails salad bar gift in push for healthier school lunch
On the heels of an announcement that the city was discontinuing one initiative to create healthier school lunches, Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised another…
May 1, 2012
Fifth-graders learn to be healthy consumers
A new program in Colorado aimed at teaching fifth-graders to make healthy food choices is modeled after Ski Country USA's popular fifth grade passport program.
June 27, 2011
Parents urge DPS to end herbicide use
A group of parents Monday asked members of the Denver school board to rethink district policy of spraying chemical herbicides on school lawns.
June 16, 2011
Sports camp shows what’s possible
A summer sports camp in Aurora opens the potential of lifetime healthy activity for physically disabled youngsters
May 19, 2011
Analysis: Sorting out the 2011 session
The 2011 legislative session won’t go down in history as having a significant impact on education policy. But even quiet sessions have consequences.
March 17, 2011
Concussion, prescription bills go to governor
The Senate on Thursday morning accepted House amendments and re-passed the concussion awareness bill and the measure allowing school districts to adopt their own policies for student self-administration of prescription drugs.
March 11, 2011
Bill logjam breaks up a bit
Both houses worked through long calendars of backed-up floor work Friday, including 10 bills of interest to education.
March 7, 2011
More work for another day
A number of interesting education bills were on legislative floor calendars Monday, but most were laid over for later consideration.
March 2, 2011
Bills move, shrink, die
Mandatory physical activity in schools, charter school facilities, energy efficient schools and PERA were all in play at the Capitol Wednesday.
February 21, 2011
Yes on concussion bill, no on outsourcing
A bill intended to raise awareness about youth athlete concussions advanced in the legislature Monday while a measure designed to encourage outsourcing of school services met its expected demise.
January 27, 2011
Bill would expand turnaround choices
A new bill would increase options for turnaround schools and require greater public scrutiny of such plans. Plus roundup
October 13, 2010
This P.E. class is brought to you by…
Denver Public Schools is seeking corporate sponsors to grow PE offerings in schools, noting the link between health and academics.
September 10, 2010
Schools entice students to bike, walk
In the 1960s, most students living within two miles of school walked or biked - that's dropped to 14 percent today
August 8, 2010
Schools wake up to the benefits of breakfast
Colorado schools learn free breakfasts for students could have a huge impact on learning and behavior -- and the costs are minimal.
July 29, 2010
Clock ticking on school nutrition legislation
Time is running out for Congress to pass legislation to continue, and possibly expand, funding for the nation's school meals program
July 18, 2010
Tasty news: DPS back to scratch cooking
Denver Public Schools is launching a massive effort to revert to old-fashioned scratch cooking in its school kitchens.
July 11, 2010
School gardens provide access to fresh produce
More than 35 gardens around Denver are teaching students and providing, in some communities, the only source of fresh fruits and vegetables
July 6, 2010
Middle schoolers tackle epidemiology
Boulder-area students are planning a public hygiene awareness campaign and creating response plans for local businesses
July 1, 2010
From terrorists to tornadoes, kids learn to be prepared
A coalition of emergency preparedness groups is offering Disaster READY Training for Colorado middle and high school students this summer
June 14, 2010
‘Safe Routes’ lure kids to walk, bike to school
Fewer than 15 percent of schoolchildren walk or ride their bikes to school, down from 50 percent a generation ago. But for health's sake, communities are working to remove the barriers that keep today's youngsters from getting to school the old-fashioned way.
June 7, 2010
Programs bridge summer feeding gap
Children’s learning isn’t the only thing that takes a hit during the summer. Many poor youngsters may go hungry
April 16, 2010
“Recess” coaches may help classroom work
Some Denver schools are considering "recess coaches" to help students get more out of time spent on the playground.
April 6, 2010
Tackling child hunger, better school food
Sen. Michael Bennet dined with second-graders, then talked turkey with adults about ways to decrease child hunger in Colorado
April 1, 2010
Critics pan arts education mandate
The Senate Education Committee Thursday cut Rep. Mike Merrifield’s big legislative finale down to a word of encouragement and a few lines of advice to the State Board of Education.
March 5, 2010
House passes two district mandates
Bills creating state requirements for arts education and immunization notification have received final House approval.
March 2, 2010
CSU student trustee bill passes House
Colorado State University students took a step toward two voting seats on the system’s board of governors Tuesday with a preliminary House vote.
February 11, 2010
House Ed kills safety drills bill
A bill that would have required schools to conduct two “all-hazards” safety drills a year died Thursday in the House Education Committee, with a majority of members indicating they felt the measure wasn’t necessary and infringd on local control of schools.
October 7, 2009
Flu may be near peak
The H1N1 flu has moved steadily through Colorado’s schoolchildren since August, but it may be about to peak, health officials told the State Board of Education Wednesday.
August 28, 2009
A tale of two lunches
By Rebecca Jones It was the best of meals; it was the worst of meals. It was cheese tortellini topped with steamed…
May 19, 2009
Schools in Manhattan, the Bronx latest to close due to swine flu
Amid concerns about its swine flu precautions, the city added three more schools to its list of those shuttered by swine flu suspicions today. Four other private and charter schools also announced that they would close after experiencing higher-than-normal rates of students reporting flu-like symptoms. The schools included one public school on the Lower East Side and the Horace Mann School, a top-flight private school in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Both Manhattan and the Bronx had not seen any swine flu-related school closures before today. The other schools that the Department of Education decided today to close are PS 130 in Manhattan, PS 35 in Queens, and Merrick Academy Charter School, located in Jamaica, Queens. Several non-DOE schools decided independently to close, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein told reporters earlier today. Those schools were Horace Mann; St Joseph's School in Astoria, Queens; Holy Family School in Flushing, Queens; and three sites of South Bronx Charter School. Yesterday's Panel for Educational Policy meeting was unusually spirited as panel members questioned Klein about the department's swine flu policy.
May 14, 2009
A second wave of swine flu shutters three Queens schools
A week after the city stopped giving daily updates on the swine flu epidemic that last month forced closures at multiple schools in Queens, including one public school, three more schools are being closed because of the disease. The city Department of Health urged the Department of Education to close the schools, all in Queens, because they all have higher-than-normal numbers of students reporting flulike symptoms. At one of the schools, IS 238 in Hollis, an assistant principal is seriously ill with a confirmed case of the H1N1 flu strain, also known as swine flu. Mayor Bloomberg said today during a press conference about the outbreak that health officials think the administrator might have been in poor health before contracting H1N1 flu. According to the New York Times, 241 students were absent at IS 5 in Elmhurst today. Typically, 96 percent of the school's 1,500 students are present every day, according to DOE data; today, that figure was 84 percent. At PS 16 in Corona, the Times reported, dozens of students went home sick just today. And at IS 238, four students plus the administrator have been documented as having swine flu. The DOE has been monitoring the situation at the schools for several days, according to Kathleen Grimm, deputy chancellor for finance and administration at the DOE.
April 27, 2009
Schools get instructions about how to protect against swine flu
On many issues, they're at odds, but right now the teachers union and city are working together to stop the spread of swine flu, the potentially dangerous virus that first emerged in Mexico and has now infected schoolchildren in Queens. A confirmation that students at a Queens Catholic school were diagnosed with swine flu sent officials into a frenzy this weekend about how to deal with the disease and its accompanying panic. According to a United Federation of Teachers spokesman, union president Randi Weingarten spent part of her Sunday on a conference call with the city Department of Education and the UFT's Health and Safety Department. The UFT and DOE last night issued guidelines for schools, encouraging teachers to maximize air circulation by opening classroom windows and to stay home if they feel sick. The DOE also instructed school nurses to place surgical masks immediately on students who have a fever over 100.5 degrees and any other flu-like symptoms. Both sets of full instructions are after the jump. Earlier this weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that dozens of students at a Queens Catholic school are suspected to have contracted swine flu, although none has become seriously ill. (Two of the cases suspected there are the daughters of State Sen. Malcolm Smith and City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., according to Liz Benjamin at the Daily News.) Some Brooklyn students might have escaped exposure after the DOE cancelled their spring break trip to Cancun. Parents from MS 447 were angry about the last-minute cancellation, which the department said was needed because of heightened violence in Mexico. I'm guessing those parents are feeling relieved right now.
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