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Photo: Denver Public Schools incorporates salad bars into their school lunches to encourage healthy eating and meet federal nutrition standards. Photo courtesy of Denver Public Schools.
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DENVER - Friday may be National Food Day, but Coloradans are being invited to do more than just eat in celebration. Nutrition advocates are hoping Coloradans will join others across the U.S. in improving their diets and food policies. One topic is whether school systems should have to follow 2012 f ...Read More

PHOTO: The Ohio House has until year's end to pass Senate Bill 96, to require that world history be a high school graduation requirement. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The clock is ticking on efforts to save world history for Ohio high school students. Students need to learn world history to pass the current Ohio Graduation Test, but the test will be phased out next year and replaced by exams that cover only American history and government. ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report from the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy, "The Big Squeeze," finds that Idaho has reduced public college and university funding by a larger amount than all but five states, since 2008. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

BOISE, Idaho – Higher education costs are going up - and state funding is going down. A new report from the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy, called The Big Squeeze, finds that Idaho has reduced public college and university funding by a larger amount than all but five states, since 2008. Mean ...Read More

PHOTO: An estimated 56 percent of Washington college graduates emerge from school with an average student loan debt of $24,000. At a conference this weekend in Tacoma, higher-ed stakeholders will discuss ways to increase state support for colleges and universities. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

TACOMA, Wash. - Public colleges and universities in Washington have frozen tuition for two years, but according to the premise of the upcoming Higher Education Funding Strategies and Solutions conference, the Legislature could be doing much more to improve the quality and cost of higher education in ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds that funding for Kentucky school kids has suffered the 11th largest drop in the nation since the recession hit in 2008. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Since the recession, Kentucky is 11th worst in the nation in the depth of budget cuts to K-through-12 funding, according to a nonpartisan policy research organization. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that 30 states are providing less funding per student since the e ...Read More

PHOTO: Nutrition is one focus of the 21st Century Afterschool programs in Yakima. A new report says 17 percent of Washington kids are enrolled in after-school programs; parents say 36 percent would be if they had access to one. Photo courtesy NW Community Action Center.
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SEATTLE - One in five children in Washington ends the school day with no adult supervision in the hours between 3 and 6 p.m., according to a state-by-state report on after-school programs that are intended to keep kids learning and safe. In Washington, the report said, 17 percent of children are en ...Read More

PHOTO: A secure retirement in today's volatile world takes years of careful planning, which is why Michigan credit unions start the process early, working with school kids and adults on financial education topics for all stages of life. Photo credit: wax115/morguefile.com.

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. - It's national "Save for Retirement Week," and many Michigan credit unions are taking part in special events and hosting seminars across the state. But they also say this is something they prepare their members for every day, beginning as early as childhood. Financial educa ...Read More

PHOTO: Organizations such as the Child Crisis Center are calling on Arizona's political candidates to increase funding for programs that support early-childhood education and other services that benefit young kids. Photo courtesy of of the Pima County Public Library.

MESA, Ariz. – Political candidates in Arizona are being asked to make early childhood education a top priority, and organizers hope that seeing programs that help children up close will help that process. Christine Scarpati, CEO of the Child Crisis Center in Mesa, says candidates for governo ...Read More

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