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March 19, 2013

One bill would give the health commissioner the power to ban any supplement deemed "harmful," no matter how tiny the risk. A state-based Action Alert!

The New York state legislature is considering two new bills that could have a devastating effect on supplements, and if they are successful, they may be copied by other states. The first bill (S.3650 and A.4700) will establish a Dietary Supplement Safety Committee that would create a system for adverse event reports; assess data and make recommendations to ban whichever nutritional supplements it deemed harmful; and establish a public health education campaign on dietary supplements. Most dangerous of all, the health commissioner would have the ability to ban supplements as recommended by committee.

by Annette M. Hall

October 25, 2005

Have you ever read something so irrational that you just kept shaking your head and couldn't seem to stop? My head is still shaking from disbelief at the incredible ignorance of some people.

Homeschooling is nothing new, it has been around as long as people have populated the planet. The very idea that a public school with all it's bells and whistles, stop watches, administrators and the tidal wave of strangers influencing our children, is better for children than being taught by good 'ole mom and pop is sheer nonsense.

Appeal Democrat

by Ryan McCarthy

March 7, 2008

A state court ruling that parents do not have a constitutional right to home-school their children won't affect such instruction in the Yuba-Sutter area, parents and educators here say.

"We haven't heard anything that would say we need to change what we're currently doing," Gay Todd, superintendent of the Marysville Joint Unified School District, said Thursday.

by Rose Godfrey

August 1, 2012

Walking through a couple of big box stores this past week, I couldn't help but notice the displays of back-to-school gear. Lists for what to buy for each school were conveniently displayed next to the racks of products.

You don't have to go there, either. There is an alternative. Imagine the possibilities of homeschooling. This year, ask yourself this question: "What if we homeschooled?" What if you walked past the lists this year? You could look around for what was interesting and find what appealed to your child. Your children could purchase what they needed for their own use and not worry about recommendations and sharing with the class.

Arab News

by Essam Al-Ghalib

November 2, 2003

A fifth grade student at the King Khaled Air Base Elementary School in Khamis Mushayt required stitches to his head after being struck by a female teacher for not doing his homework.

"We would all get beaten. We were beaten with canes, wooden paddles, hands, even plastic tubing. Sometimes we were hit hard enough to leave bruises. And because it was done in front of everyone, it was humiliating. We got hit for not doing our homework, talking in class, just normal kid's stuff," he said.<br><br>Although the practice is widespread, it is illegal to strike a child in schools in Saudi Arabia.

by Noel Rabinowitz

November 10, 2011

Full Report -- The Perilous Intersection of Immigration Enforcement and the Child Welfare System

Key Findings: There are at least 5,100 children currently living in foster care who are prevented from uniting with their detained or deported parents. Federal, state and local governments must create explicit policies to protect families from separation.

Arizona Central

by Brooke Romney

September 3, 2008

Most parents just sent their kids back to school ... except for those who decided to homeschool.

This decision can be difficult for family, friends and neighbors to understand. The choice is usually met with quizzical looks and concerned monologues about the value of education and socialization. The funny thing is, parents usually choose homeschooling because of the value they place on education and their child's development.

Arizona Republic

by Ray Parker

May 3, 2006

A team of 16 homeschool students from the Southeast Valley, entering the Arizona Scholastic State Chess Championship for the first time, took first place, the first state title by a homeschool team.

Called the Chevalier Noir (Black Knight) Academy, the players were among about 750 players who competed for the state championship in Gilbert. The competitors, as young as kindergartners, played on 375 chessboards inside the Gilbert High gymnasium last weekend.

ARNnet (AU)

by Liz Tay

December 19, 2006

A text-based school attendance product suite provided by Adelaide-based MGM Wireless is on its way to the US, following a successful five month trial in the US state of Arizona.

The product aims to improve attendance at schools by simplifying roll marking and attendance analysis. When students are late or missing from school, messageyou sends an automatic SMS text message to parents and guardians - a strategy that has proven successful in reducing truancy.

Ars Technica

by Nate Anderson

February 24, 2006

A small elementary school in New Jersey is one of the first in the country to test new iris scanning technology in an educational setting.

The Park Avenue Elementary School in Freehold Borough recently installed a US$370,000 system paid for with a grant from the Justice Department. What do they use it for' Opening the front door. The scanning system consists of a small box mounted next to the door.


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