Despite those warnings, the guidelines were also notable for what they did not say. While draft recommendations had suggested all Americans adopt more environmentally-sustainable eating habits by cutting back on meat, that advice was dropped from the final guidelines.That Volkswagen scandal? There are a lot of diesel school buses in the U.S. made by Volkswagen.
As with the polluting cars, old school buses run on diesel fuel and emit a toxic mix of gases, including the nitrogen oxides associated with asthma, exacerbations of lung disease, and premature death. That’s where the idea of replacing old school buses comes in. Volkswagen faces potentially $20 billion in fines under the Clean Air Act in a lawsuit filed by the Environmental Protection Agency (not to mention potential liability in lawsuits brought by various states). Directing a portion of these resources into cleaning up the machines that take our children to and from school every day would help make matters right.One school in Texas decided to go all in on recess - 4, 15-minute increments a day.
"There was a part of me that was very nervous about it," Donna McBride, a first-grade teacher at the school, told TODAY Parents.Following that story out of Detroit on the failure of officials to make sure the water there is safe to drink? Because of Detroit's on-going financial issues, since 2011 they have been run by emergency managers. So one of them switched the water supply and now there are dangerous levels of lead i the water.
"I was trying to wrap my head around my class going outside four times a day and still being able to teach those children all the things they needed to learn."
Some five months into the experiment, McBride's fears have been alleviated. Her students are less fidgety and more focused, she said. They listen more attentively, follow directions and try to solve problems on their own instead of coming to the teacher to fix everything. There are fewer discipline issues.
A study released in September 2015 concluded that the change has put Flint children at significantly increased risk of lead poisoning. The city has now switched back to its old water supply, but lead levels are still high, and the state government is distributing bottled water to residents.And who better to oversee public schools than the guy who switched the water source?
Snyder has since appointed the emergency manager who supervised Flint's transition to Flint River water—Darnell Earley—as the emergency manager of the Detroit Public Schools.
President Obama gives his last State of the Union speech tonight. Will he take a victory lap on publc ed? I hope not. (Also, tomorrow, Governor Inslee will give his State of the State. What will he say about McCleary?
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