Crosscut asks the question - Are Seattle schools prepared for heroin epidemic?
They are talking about having the drug naloxone in schools as a quick remedy for someone who has overdosed on heroin. Seattle police have successfully saved three lives in the last month.
Locally, Mayor Ed Murray has repeatedly blamed heroin for contributing to the exploding homeless population. He and King County Executive Dow Constantine recently convened the Task Force on Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction, made up of political and health officials. Two representatives from Seattle Public Schools — Assistant Superintendent of Operations Pegi McEvoy and Executive Director of School Health Patricia Sander — are members of that task force, a recognition that schools must play a role in fighting heroin use.
As early as summer 2014, board members of the National Association of School Nurses started discussing whether naloxone should be a part of schools’ response plans.Some are comparing having naloxone in a school to having a defibrillator or epi-pen.
Good news for school rocket clubs or students doing science projects, according to a story from KUOW.
It just became easier for students to fly drones as part of their class work. The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday loosened restrictions on the use of unmanned aircraft in academia.Hard to believe but yes, the Republicans in the U.S. House are sponsoring a bill that would make it harder for poor children to access free meals at school. Booooo. There's a petition to tell them no.
"UAS are an exciting way to promote STEM education and wider use among young people will no doubt inspire the next generation of UAS operators and aviators,” said Brian Wynne, president of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.
Yet a new proposal by congressional conservatives would restrict community eligibility, substantially increasing administrative burdens in more than 7,000 schools and threatening 3.4 million students’ access to school meals. For no good reason that we can see, lawmakers from the Education and the Workforce Committee may vote soon to raise the ISP threshold from 40 percent to 60 percent. Because ISP numbers don’t capture low-income students who must typically apply for free or reduced-price meals, this threshold would render all but the highest-poverty schools (generally those in which more than 90 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price meals) ineligible for community eligibility.FYI, about the priorities in the legislature.
"Combined, Washington State is providing Microsoft and Boeing $1 billion annually in tax breaks. Cumulatively, Microsoft's state tax has saved its shareholders $8.6 billion in costs. While the company quietly surpassed $1 trillion in all time revenue, its home state faces emergencies in education funding, homelessness, heroin addiction and escalating crime."Let them eat cake.
It's Sunday Spring Day at our Washington State parks this Sunday, May 8th. That means the parks are free for day use.
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there.
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