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PHOTO: It's not your typical teen angst. President and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, Bill Stanczykiewicz, says a high number of Indiana teens have contemplated or attempted suicide. Photo Credit: IYI.

INDIANAPOLIS - Hoosier children are facing a health crisis, experts say, with almost 20 percent experiencing mental health challenges. Many are not getting the care necessary to help them deal with those issues, said Bill Stanczykiewicz, president and chief executive of the Indiana Youth Institute. ...Read More

According to federal figures, nearly 5000 pre-school kids were suspended from school in the most recent year. A disproportionate number were minority children. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Education.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Almost 5000 American children have been suspended from pre-school for behavior issues, acording to the latest federal figures, and a disproportionate number were minority kids. According to Jerri Derlikowski, education policy director at Arkansas Advocates for Families and Chil ...Read More

Photo: NC Student Power Union continues to host efforts state wide to demand a debt-free college system by 2020. Courtesy: NC Student Power Union

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Today dozens of North Carolina college students will attend the Board of Governors meeting at UNC Chapel Hill to demand a debt free system from the state's public universities by 2020. With the College Board estimating state tuition prices will rise by 40 percent in the n ...Read More

Photo: Kenneth Young was sentenced to four life sentences for a series of armed robberies he committed when he was 14, under the direction of an adult. Courtesy: www.15tolifefilm.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today the Florida Senate is scheduled to consider a bill that would bring the state in compliance after two Supreme Court decisions determined the state's juvenile sentencing laws are unconstitutional. It's too little, too late for inmates such as Kenneth Young, who was s ...Read More

PHOTO: University of California President Janet Napolitano supports Senate Bill 1210 to expand college financial aid for illegal immigrants. Courtesy: University of California.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California lawmakers are considering two different proposals to increase educational opportunities for California students from the youngest to the oldest. One bill, the Kindergarten Readiness Act, would make voluntary transitional kindergarten available to every four-y ...Read More

ILLUSTRATION: April is both Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Prevention advocates in New York and nationwide report progress and problems. Photo credit:  FreeDigitalPhotos.net

BETHPAGE, N.Y. - If there's a message, it's: "If you see something, say something." April is both Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and advocates fighting to protect minors say progress is made when people learn to step up and report abuse. Anthony Zenkus, director o ...Read More

PHOTO: Nevada law enforcement is cracking down on motorists who talk or text on their cell phones during "Distracted Driving Awareness Month." Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Defense.

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Law enforcement officers across Nevada are cracking down on drivers using cell phones during April, "Distracted Driving Awareness Month." Trooper Loy Hixson with the Nevada Highway Patrol warned that motorists who text or talk on cell phones are to up four times more likely to be ...Read More

PHOTO: Karen Magee, elected new president of New York State United Teachers this week, hopes to heal "fractured" relationships and pursue a pro-active agenda. Courtesy NYSUT

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York's teachers union elected a new president this week in a sign that union members, teachers and professionals in the state's public schools want to take a stronger stance on a number of issues. Karen Magee is a 30-year veteran teacher and union leader from Harrison. She replace ...Read More

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