Texas schools are increasingly seeing outbreaks of staph infections that are more resistant to antibiotics. "If one young person gets this infection, unfortunately, so do many others," said Dr. Richard Wenzel, president of the International Society for Infectious Disease, who has studied staph infections.
The number of homeless Los Angeles students has increased more than 35% in one year. District officials say the lack of affordable housing and a tight economy will only increase their ranks in future years.
Finding fluent, qualified teachers for Columbus' language-immersion schools is difficult, school officials say. The schools used to recruit teachers from abroad when necessary, but tight budgets have prevented the district from using those methods, resulting in at least one English-only teacher working in a school where all lessons are supposed to be taught in French.
Such cameras help bus drivers keep children under control, school leaders say. Reactions by students have been mixed, with some saying their privacy is being violated while others say the cameras help deter bad behavior.
One New Jersey district plans to distribute 300 portable digital players in an effort to help students with limited English learn vocabulary and grammar by singing along with popular songs. "It's an innovation," said Frank Belluscio, a New Jersey School Boards Association spokesman. "Most people think of the iPod as just entertainment."