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Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 2001
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that more than 1 million children ages 5 and under are afflicted with unsafe amounts of lead. Schools can be a source of lead poisoning. Other sources include playgrounds near freeways, playground equipment, contaminated soil, and technology rooms with lead-bearing supplies. Sidebars…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Education, Health Conditions, Health Materials
Paliokas, Kathleen L.; And Others – American School Board Journal, 1996
Public school uniforms are a recent development. Legal trends suggest that the courts are willing to defer to school authorities regarding dress codes--provided a clear link is established between the dress regulations and furtherance of the educational mission. Lists a range of options for a dress-code policy and how each of the available options…
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Court Litigation, Dress Codes, Elementary Education
Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 1997
Studies show that children who have trouble making and keeping friends during their early years often develop negative attitudes toward school. Friends provide important functions in child development, which include supplying emotional and cognitive resources. Friends also help one another develop social skills. (MLF)
Descriptors: Child Development, Childhood Attitudes, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education
Jones, Rebecca – American School Board Journal, 1996
In state legislatures and school boards around the country, the approach and the quality of reading instruction are under attack because of a decline in reading scores. The best reading instruction draws on the strengths of different philosophies. School boards should encourage schools to teach both phonics and the whole-language approach. (MLF)
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Elementary Education, Phonics, Reading Instruction
Brett, Arlene; And Others – American School Board Journal, 1993
Outlines basic considerations about playground safety and accessibility. Proposes playgrounds to be constructed for children in inner-city neighborhoods that would be carefully supervised, be easily accessible to the community, and provide children with a range of activities and experiences. (MLF)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Accident Prevention, Disabilities, Elementary Education
Harrington-Lueker, Donna – American School Board Journal, 1991
"Impressions," a K-6 reading series that is a lavishly illustrated anthology of fairy tales, poems, and classic children's literature has been the target of conservative religious groups. Other books and programs have also been actively opposed. School boards need sound policies for dealing with challenges to the curriculum and the…
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Censorship, Curriculum, Elementary Education