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PHOTO: The Vikings have reactivated running back Adrian Peterson, with team owners saying they believe it's best to let the legal case proceed before they determine a course of action. Photo credit: Joe Bielawa/Flickr.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - It's a case that has revealed the deep divide in the state and across the country over the use of corporal punishment, and as of now, despite the allegations of child abuse, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is back on the field. Peterson was reactivated Monday by the team ...Read More

PHOTO: This is the first year Common Core standards for math and English are being taught in Washington classrooms. Schools are reaching out to parents and community groups, asking them to find out more about the standards so they can help ease students' transitions. Photo courtesy School's Out Washington.
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SPOKANE, Wash. – More than a million children in Washington are back in school, and students, teachers and parents are all adjusting to the new Common Core learning standards for English and math. Many districts and communities are working to ease the transition. In the Spokane area, consu ...Read More

PHOTO: Parents, students and community leaders are now at the table with school districts, working on ways to address the state's academic achievement gaps between white students and students of color. Photo credit: Thomas Martin/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the state continues to wrestle with one of the worst academic achievement gaps in the nation, some progress is being made to lessen that divide between white students and those of color. Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius says while the advances are comin ...Read More

PHOTO: Saturday's Justice for Youth event in Portland is one of 20 around the nation calling attention to how mandatory minimum sentencing laws for some crimes affect juveniles. Photo credit: dblight/

PORTLAND, Ore. - More than 6,700 youths are behind bars in Oregon, and their advocates are getting together Saturday in Portland for what they're calling a "community awareness and healing event." The groups want to call attention to what they say is unfair punishment for juveniles under Oregon's m ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Youth leaders from across the state plan to use social media as well as other means to reach the state's 18- to 34-year-olds and make sure they are aware of what opportunities exist under the Affordable Care Act. Image courtesy of S. Dhanak.

LANSING, Mich. - The second open-enrollment period for health insurance plans offered through the Affordable Care Act is right around the corner, and a new effort is under way to make sure young adults have all the information they need. Emily Todebush, 29, of Bloomfield Hills, who was diagnosed l ...Read More

PHOTO: The California Legislature has declared September School Attendance Awareness Month, in an effort to urge families, communities and schools to prioritize student attendance. Photo credit: Humboldt State University.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California kids are back in school - and now the goal is to keep them going back. State leaders have come together to declare September as "School Attendance Awareness Month." Assemblymember Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, who authored the recently passed resolution, said the first ...Read More

PHOTO: A five-year study finds that the bystander intervention program Green Dot significantly reduces sexual violence among high school students in Kentucky. Photo courtesy of University of Kentucky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky's first lady calls it a game changer – using a program based on bystander intervention to reduce sexual violence among high school-age children. The Green Dot program, which was created and first used at the University of Kentucky, is now being tried in more t ...Read More

PHOTO: Parents are encouraged to attend a public meeting in Santa Fe on Tuesday, which is focused on what some educators say is the over-testing of public schools students. Photo credit: Atlanta Public Schools.

SANTA FE, N.M. - The impact of what some educators see as the over-testing of public school students is the focus of a series of public meetings planned by the National Education Association New Mexico (NEA-NM). Charles Goodmacher, government relations director at NEA New Mexico, says the organizat ...Read More

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