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Journalism Courses in Public High Schools

I am currently conducting a study that examines the state of journalism education on the public high school level throughout the U.S. Last semester, I researched and reported on the state of Massachusetts and how they valued their journalism education. I found that less than 29% of public high schools are offering any type journalism or current events class to their students. Louisiana offers it to less than 14% of their public high schools and North Dakota less than 8%. Teaching journalism to high school students is not just teaching the basics to future reporters, but it allows an educational pathway to the nation’s future voters, entrepreneurs and leaders and how they consume information responsibly.

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After early detours, algorithmic bus routing heads for more schools

After early detours, algorithmic bus routing heads for more schools

Two years after Boston Public Schools faced parental backlash over an algorithm to improve bus routing, school districts are looking to give the software another chance, drawn by potential to save millions.

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This week’s FOIA round-up: Back-to-school edition

This week’s FOIA round-up: Back-to-school edition

In this week’s FOIA round-up, we take a look at the news on schools brought to you by public records: UNC fight to hide sexual misconduct, employee terminations in Illinois, UMichigan’s lengthy court fight, and the racial breakdown of Seattle school recess.

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Rhode Island’s lingering lead problem

Rhode Island’s lingering lead problem

Data from Rhode Island show efforts to eliminate lead poisoning have not succeeded, but government officials and community organizers both find progress in the effort.

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Virginia school system stalled release of its secret budget

Virginia school system stalled release of its secret budget

Richmond School Board offers a special lesson in how the Virginia Freedom of Information Act is not supposed to work.

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A map of sexual education legislation across the county

A map of sexual education legislation across the county

There is no national standard for sexual health education in the United States. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines 16 citical sexual education topics which it recommends, it is still up to each state to determine if, and what, is taught in schools.

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