Education news bits

Bounty contest seeks to clean up schools

Bounty has launched a new extension of their Make a Clean Difference campaign with Kimora Lee Simmons, in an effort to continue raising awareness for the need to keep city schools clean. This time, Bounty is teaming up with Kimora Lee Simmons, star of reality TV show "Life in the Fab Lane." One school will have a second chance to win a fabulous $50,000 makeover – putting Kimora's catwalk-couture spin on the classroom clean-up. The makeover sweepstakes, available to grades K-12, is the second one being offered as part of Bounty’s "We Love Our School" initiative launched in February.

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Mission to end child abuse and sexual violence in schools

One of the worst things that can happen to a child is abuse. As educators, learn how to detect signs of of abuse xxx Pennsylvania's child abuse hotline at (800) 932-0313.

Here are some tell-tale signs:

Sudden changes in behavior or school performance; has not received help for physical or medical problems brought to the parents' attention; has learning problems (or difficulty concentrating) that cannot be attributed to specific physical or psychological causes; is always watchful, as though preparing for something bad to happen; lacks adult supervision; is overly compliant, passive, or withdrawn; comes to school or other activities early, stays late and does not want to go home. Read more here.

At the same time, Vice President Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan introduced guidance to help schools, colleges and universities better understand their obligations under federal civil rights laws to prevent and respond to the problem of campus sexual assault.

Under Title IX, which obligates administrators to protect students from sexual violence, also details enforcement strategies that schools and the Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) may use to end sexual violence, prevent its recurrence and remedy its effects.