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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.



Washington Update: Where Are the Nation and Education Headed?

In the weeks to come we will learn more about the approach Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will be taking and who will be some of the key players in the agency.

Five Ways to Survive the Front Lines of Flu Season

Cost-effective strategies that keep students in school and the flu virus out of circulation are appreciated by educational leaders everywhere.

The In-House/Outsource Cleaning Quandary

The pros and cons of in-house and outsourced cleaning services.

Washington Update: Post-Election and Pre-Inauguration

After the election the country entered a period of uncertainty. Recent polling data indicates that 50 percent of Americans approve of how the transition is moving. Several experts have found it to be quite different than transitions in the past.

Washington Update: A 2016 Post Election Update

Few pollsters predicted the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election. Education was not a primary talking point during the campaign. The initial questions people who have an interest in education are asking: “What will our President-Elect do? and what is on his agenda?”

Washington Update: Pre-2016 Election

It is a very tight Presidential race, and for many House and Senate seats. Election results can influence the legislative agenda during a lame duck session of Congress and a good part of Congress’ willingness to be active will be determined by the election’s outcomes.

ESSA and School Facility Conditions

An examination of what the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) states about educational facilities.

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