The prevalence of school video-surveillance cameras to deter vandalism and other crimes often comes without policies to safeguard student privacy, some opponents say. Officials contend such systems are generally used only by administrators or police to search for perpetrators after an incident has occurred.
Thanks to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration pilot program meant to improve students' knowledge of marine science, Washington, D.C., high school students won a recent regional National Ocean Sciences Bowl, beating out teams from wealthier suburban schools.
A deaf teen's service dog must be admitted to his New York high school, the state's human rights commissioner, Kumiki Gibson, declared Monday. The district plans to appeal, saying it is concerned for the health of other students.
Two schools in North Carolina's Triad area have been named regional winners in the state's Model Bridge Building Competition. The competition is meant to help students explore careers in transportation as well as build math, science, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
Standards advocacy group Achieve is working with the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers to measure states' K-12 progress against international benchmarks. While participation in international tests is being considered, there is resistance from some educators and parents who believe assessment and rankings already carry too much weight in the U.S.