After two lawsuits against Iowa schools' use of restraint, the state education board last week voted to limit the use of time-out rooms and require teachers to seek out administrative permission before confining students for more than one hour. Iowa parents and disability advocates say schools overuse time-out rooms, but some school officials disagree.
Sea life is the theme of the new set of United Nations postage stamps that was released this month, including whales, sea horses and corals. The UN began issuing stamps in 1993, and the new batch is the 16th in the series.
Despite claims of an improved security situation in Iraq, the people are suffering a huge human rights crisis with little hope of improvement in the near future, both the International Committee of the Red Cross and Amnesty International warned in reports Monday. Problems range from civilians being killed and many injured not receiving medical care to poor water quality and dysfunctional sewage systems, the leading humanitarian groups said.
A massive countrywide effort to immunize 64 million Pakistani children against measles is set to achieve its goal in April. Health officials are immunizing children at schools, hospitals and outreach facilities.