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Washington Update

This has been a difficult update to write because of how quickly things happen in Washington. Congress has only a few months before the end of this session to address several critical issues, and no one knows to expect on any given day from the President.

Five Reasons Every School Needs to Brand

Using Product Audits to Cut Costs

A Washington Update: What Can Be Successful?

Republicans are on track to leave for August recess with only a few major legislative accomplishments. They have been weighing their next steps.So the big question is, where do we go from here?

Five Tips for Holding on to That Back-to-School Shine

Here are top five tips for sustaining a clean, healthy learning environment and your pristine deep-clean -- plus some extra credit! Each of our school-zone-defense strategies comes paired with an easy way to help students recognize how they can cut down on cross-contamination.

Therapy Dogs in Schools: The Benefit to Students, Teachers

From helping young children read to relieving the intense stress faced by university students, dogs are an increasingly familiar part of school programs across the country. Therapy dogs provide an inexpensive way to assist students in focusing on their education.



Lifts to Upper Levels of Schools Need to be Quiet and Dignified

One challenge for K-12 facility managers tasked to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been offering full access to elevated areas on campus. These areas can range from stages and raised platforms to theater, auditorium, library, administrative offices and student centers with mezzanines or second floors not served by a traditional elevator.

Hand Washing, Face Washing, and Disease Prevention

A survey conducted by Russell Research for the American Cleaning Institute and published towards the end of 2011. The study found that nearly 90 percent of children do wash their hands after using the toilet at school, but the numbers drop considerably from this healthy high point.

Washington Update Let’s Make a Deal: Appropriations and Other Policy Issues

Lawmakers appear to be sending early signals of independence to the Trump administration on education budget issues.

It's Time to Talk About Sexual Abuse in Our Schools

Sexual abuse is now our schools single biggest risk, costing districts tens of millions of dollars each year, not to mention the incalculable human cost.

Washington Update. To Be or Not to Be: That is the Budget Question

The Trump administration’s “skinny budget” was submitted to Congress on March 16, 2017. The proposed budget received little support from both Republicans and Democrats, and was almost unanimously criticized by education associations, think tanks and related groups.

Green Cleaning for Schools: It’s more than the chemicals

In any green cleaning program, the obvious place to begin is to replace toxic chemicals. What are the next steps?

Five Smart Steps to Integrate Sustainable Design into the Curriculum – That Work Over the Long Haul

Every school construction or renovation project is an opportunity to make the world a better place.

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