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by Mary K. Reinhart

September 14, 2012

Arizona's child-welfare agency has discovered a computer glitch that officials say kept public records from parents, lawyers and others for more than 15 years.

The malfunction could have led to children being wrongly removed and prevented caregivers from supporting civil claims against the state. The computer error affected thousands of families, and attorneys say it could prompt efforts to reopen civil and child-dependency cases. Officials with the state Department of Economic Security, which oversees Child Protective Services, were notifying the state's 15 presiding Juvenile Court judges of the glitch on Friday and sending notices to more than 30,000 people who received incomplete public records over the past two years. The state said it is unable to track or notify those who requested and received incomplete records before 2010.

by Alia Beard Rau

May 29, 2011

The Arizona Legislature this year got a lot of national media attention for some of its legislation, but it wasn't the only state lawmaking body to propose some unusual measures.

Arizona was the second in the nation to create an official state gun. Arizona's is the Colt Single Action Army Revolver. The Florida Legislature considered, but ultimately failed to pass, a measure to make it legal to ride a bicycle without holding on to the handlebars.

Backdoor Homeschool Tools

by Diane Flynn Keith

September 16, 2008

Whether you are thinking about homeschooling or plan to begin homeschooling you've probably been asked the question, "What about socialization?"

Contrary to popular myth, homeschooling children are rarely isolated, and in research studies conducted by public and private organizations, including the U.S. Department of Education, homeschoolers have been shown to be better socialized than their school-going peers.

Baldwin Bulletin

by Chris McKearney

May 9, 2008

How do you take care of 11 children all living under one roof? For starters, you'll need two water heaters. After all, nobody likes running out of hot water during the middle of a shower.

"Our mother is the best. She takes care of us and feeds us almost everyday," said Betsy, 18, deadpan. Sue and Walter homeschool their children, which isn't always easy. Sue especially is looking forward to this Saturday, which is when the first of her children will graduate from college.

Baltimore Homeschooling Examiner

by Nancy Parode

January 30, 2009

Homeschool groups exist to provide support, learning and social opportunities for homeschooled children and their parents. Some groups are church-sponsored, while others are independent.

Homeschool groups exist to provide support, learning and social opportunities for homeschooled children and their parents. Some groups are church-sponsored, while others are independent.

by Erica L. Green

November 25, 2010

A Catholic school in Howard County will soon be joining a growing initiative to explore wind power's ability to supply energy.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, an elementary/middle school in Ellicott City, received a $50,000 grant this week from Constellation Energy to partner with Baltimore's Federal Hill Preparatory School to launch a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) project to study the alternative power source.

Baptist Press

by Kelly Boggs

March 7, 2008

A study titled "Strengths of Their Own: Home Schoolers Across America" found that, on average, homeschooled children scored 30 to 37 points higher than public school students. The study consisted of 5,402 homeschool students from 1,657 families.

Recent statistics indicate that public schools spend an average of $8,701 per student. If half of that money comes from the federal and state governments, then a school misses out on $4,305.50, per child, when a kid is taught at home. In the case of California's estimated 166,000 homeschooled population that comes to $7,221,000. That, my friends, is a significant chunk of government change.

BBC News

by Matt Wells

July 16, 2011

Two teenage girls have decided to sue their head teacher in Manhattan after she allegedly demanded they have tests for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, following a raucous party.

The case has sent shockwaves through an education system where relations between administrators, teachers, parents and children are already heavily strained, following a radical re-organisation which came into effect this month.

BBC News

February 17, 2010

Children in the German capital Berlin win the right to be exempt from strict laws on noise pollution.

An amendment to the city's law now makes it "fundamentally and socially tolerable" for members of the younger generation to make a racket. Berlin has become the first of Germany's 16 federal states to adopt such legislation.

BBC News

February 17, 2010

Children questioned for the BBC's Newsround programme admit video games, mobile phones and the television are keeping them up at night.

More than half of the children taking part said they had a television in their bedroom. For children aged 10, experts recommend at least 10 hours of sleep a night. They said it was estimated that a third of US children do not get enough sleep.


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