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PHOTO: Bullying persists in Commonwealth schools, facilitated by social media. Middle school and high school students are learning prevention practices at an anti-bullying summit today in Boston. Photo credit: Diego Grez/Wikipedia.

BOSTON - Graduate students from the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University will help middle and high school students learn bullying-prevention practices as part of a program called STAND UP. In 2010, the Legislature passed a landmark anti-bullying law. An act pass ...Read More

PHOTO: Regional Early Thanksgiving Dinners provide chances for current foster youth to share the holiday with foster alumni, and highlights the need for more permanent homes for them. Photo courtesy of Foster Care Alumni of America Ohio Chapter.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - While many families are able to gather to enjoy the upcoming holidays, this time of year for foster youth can be a reminder of what's been missing from their lives. An annual series of Early Thanksgiving Dinners offers a chance for these children and foster alumni in Ohio to gather ...Read More

PHOTO: AFSC Peace Education Director Joshua Saleem, front, with four students honored for their Peer Mediation Program work at Northwest Academy of Law in St. Louis. Photo courtesy of American Friends Service Committee.

ST. LOUIS - Many Missourians fear more violence is inevitable whether or not Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. That's why one group says giving today's teenagers conflict-resolution skills is the key to a calmer and more just society in the fut ...Read More

PHOTO: Educators say Pennsylvania's incoming governor will have a chance to undo funding cuts that have hurt student achievement. Photo montage courtesy of the National Education Association.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Incoming Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf faces big budget problems, but educators say he at least received a clear mandate from voters to reverse damaging cuts to schools. Retired Pittsburgh public school teacher Mike Crossey, now president of the Pennsylvania State Education Assoc ...Read More

PHOTO: Child nutrition experts are gathering in Columbus today to examine hunger among Ohio's children: its influences, its outcomes, and possible solutions. Photo courtesy of Feeding America.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - With high levels of food insecurity among Ohio's kids, experts from around the state will brainstorm this week on ways to keep children from going hungry. Jennifer Steele, director of community partnerships with the Freestore Foodbank, is among those due to speak at the Ohio Child ...Read More

PHOTO: A troubling trend in North Dakota shows the preterm birth rate in the state has stayed the same for three straight years. Photo credit: Cesar Rincon/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - After a number of years on a downward trend, efforts to reduce the number of preterm births in North Dakota have stalled. The latest figures show the preterm birth rate in the state was 9.9 percent last year, unchanged from the previous two years. Reba Mathern-Jacobson, state progr ...Read More

PHOTO: To commemorate National Adoption Day this Saturday, 10 Indiana courtrooms are holding special adoption ceremonies for uncontested adoptions, in part to build awareness for children waiting to find a permanent home. Photo credit: Lisa Runnels/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - The birth of a new family is always an significant occasion, and an upcoming adoption day will be especially meaningful for 95 Indiana children. To commemorate National Adoption Day this Saturday, 10 Indiana courtrooms are holding special adoption ceremonies for uncontested adoptions ...Read More

PHOTO: A dozen groups statewide are sharing in $900,000 in grant money, as Minnesota continues its efforts to recognize that children who are sexually exploited are victims and survivors, not criminals. Photo credit: Bailey Weaver/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota is taking another step in helping youths break free from sexual exploitation, and in helping them reclaim their lives. The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded $900,000 dollars to 13 organizations across the state to help girls and boys escape from trafficking and ...Read More

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