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Arkansas led the nation sending letters home from school about obesity. Did it help?

The state's childhood obesity rates have risen to nearly 24% from 21%, reflecting a similar, albeit higher, trajectory than national rates. During the pandemic, the state obesity rate hit a high of more than 26%.

Why Oregon schools’ pandemic recovery lags behind much of the nation

"High-dosage tutoring" is one intervention that experts say is highly effective in closing learning gaps, and many states across the country invested in providing it to all kids who needed it.

How an Indianapolis teacher is using the solar eclipse to inspire her students

It's a sunny March afternoon at Winchester Village Elementary School in Indianapolis, and teacher Natasha Cummings is leading her class in a brand new lesson. It's the first time she's teaching it—and also likely the last.

AI images and conspiracy theories are driving a new push for media literacy education

Learning to identify the growing flood of deepfakes, along with online conspiracy theories, is becoming a rite of passage for students.

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos: California considers food dye ban in schools

Under a proposal in the state legislature, public schools across California would no longer be allowed to serve foods that contain certain substances, including some artificial dyes commonly found in snacks.

Hackers are targeting a surprising group of people: young public school students

Stealing a child's identity may seem counterintuitive because they don't have resources of their own, but it can cause "a lot of havoc," one expert says. Parents don't necessarily monitor their children's credit and bad actors can easily open up bank accounts, rack up debt and apply for loans in a child's name.

Battling student absenteeism with grandmas, vans and a lot of love

With more than half of students frequently absent, Pittsburgh Arlington has one of the highest rates of chronic absence in the district. Because of that, the nanas program tries to intervene early on.

Why do schools in the U.S. rely on kids to raise money?

Why do schools turn kids into little salespeople? And why do we let companies come in and dangle prizes in front of students? NPR spent a year with one elementary school, following their fundraising efforts, to see how much they raise, and what the money goes to.

Teacher training programs don’t always use research-backed reading methods

The National Assessment of Educational Progress, otherwise known as the Nation's Report Card, shows reading scores among 13-year-olds have dropped since 2012, with a sharper dip during and after the pandemic.

The music teacher who just won a Grammy says it belongs to her students

The Music Educator Award, presented by the Recording Academy and Grammy Museum, recognizes those who have made a "significant contribution and demonstrate a commitment to music education."

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