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Updated Oct 30, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Wanda Petronski is the quietest kid in Classroom 13. Her classmates pay attention to her only when they want to bully her — for her funny last name, her shabby clothes and, most of all, her absurd claim that she has “a hundred dresses” all lined up in her closet.Little do they know that Wanda really does have 100 dresses: They’re just made out of pencil and paper rather than cloth, and she drew them all herself. Wanda’s drawings win the class art...

Updated Oct 29, 2014 at 3:42 PM

SEATTLE — School districts may be able to hire teachers who do a better job in the classroom if they change the way they screen job applicants, a new study has found.Recruiters should carefully read recommendation letters, give more...

Posted Oct 29, 2014 at 6:00 AM

For parents and college-bound teens looking at four years of loans or more, there is some good news. “Every year, the federal government estimates that $3 billion in scholarship money goes unclaimed,” said Steven Jordan, guidance...

Updated Oct 28, 2014 at 3:49 PM

SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon.com’s Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos has a knack for harnessing product reviews to get customers to buy online. His latest move: Web-savvy moms whose opinions are coveted by peers who want to know...

Updated Oct 27, 2014 at 12:13 PM

CHICAGO — There is a new mobile app to help keep kids from becoming bullies. On Saturday, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois and his 2014 Student Leadership Advisory Board and employees at Motorola Mobility helped launch the new...

Updated Oct 23, 2014 at 2:36 PM

NEW YORK — From violence to verbal taunts, abusive dating behavior is pervasive among America’s adolescents, according to a new, federally funded survey. It says a majority of boys and girls who date describe themselves as both...

Updated Oct 22, 2014 at 3:16 PM

WASHINGTON — Are PG-13 movies really appropriate for teenagers? A new study puts fresh scrutiny on the movie industry’s largest ratings category, showing that parents who were repeatedly exposed to violence and sexual content became...

Updated Oct 21, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Not everyone is distracted by the "distractions" provided by electronics and social media. In fact, some individuals may get more done when their work atmosphere is full of beeps and buzzes.

Posted Oct 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

The (Kankakee) Daily JournalHERSCHER — Sixteen-year-old Kaytlyn Harsha heard the whispers in the hallways at Herscher High School. The 5-foot-5 sophomore weighed in at 225 pounds last May, and she knew her classmates...

Updated Oct 17, 2014 at 9:20 AM

WASHINGTON — The standardized test, a hallmark of the accountability movement that has defined U.S. public education since 2002, is under growing attack from critics who say students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade are taking...

Updated Oct 16, 2014 at 9:51 AM

SPRINGFIELD — Teaching how acid rain affects plants hasn’t always been the most exciting lesson, Southeast High School science teacher Anne Weller admits. In the past, she would show students illustrations from a textbook and...

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