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Power of the Question

Six Questions State Boards Should Ask about Student Mental Health

There is an acute need for increased services, education, and supports for student mental health. Here are six questions to frame state board discussions on promoting student mental health.

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Power of the Question

Five Questions to Ask about School Staff Wellness in the Wake of COVID-19

The pandemic increased educator stress and burnout. Here are five questions state board members can ask to engage their state around staff wellness.

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Education Leaders Reports

How States Are Handling Lead in School Drinking Water

This NASBE analysis details how statewide efforts to test for lead in school drinking water vary across the country.

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The Standard

Student Safety and Wellness

The horrific school shootings in Florida and elsewhere in 2018 sparked new rounds of questioning across the country about how to prevent such tragedies and keep students safe.

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Policy Update

Reengaging Students through Physical Activity

By creating an inclusive culture for physical education and physical activity, state boards can help ensure that every student learns to lead a healthy, active life.

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State Innovations

Kansas State Board Confronts Youth Vaping

The usage of vaping products among middle school students has increased at alarming rates. Federal and state policymakers are addressing this crisis, including in Kansas, where the state board of education acted quickly to engage stakeholders on curbing youth vaping.

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Policy Update

Empowering Youth to Prevent Suicide

This NASBE analysis highlights state action examples, identifies multipronged approaches to youth suicide prevention, and discusses federal funding opportunities available to states to support peer-to-peer programming.

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The Standard - Column

State Board Voice: School Meals: A Basic Ingredient for Equity

A critical lifeline now, school meals will continue to help level the playing field for future generations of students.

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Project

Healthy School Facilities Network

The National Association of State Boards of Education has created the Healthy School Facilities Network (HSFN) to build and enhance the capacity of states to provide healthy school facilities. A 2021 NASBE landscape analysis of state-level programs for testing lead in school drinking water found states encounter challenges in the areas of outreach and coordination, transparent communication, […]

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Press Release

States Ramp Up Efforts to Combat Student Substance Abuse

Added concerns about the pandemic’s impact on youth mental and physical health and recent spikes in adolescent mortality rates due to illicit fentanyl use have spurred some states to reexamine how they approach substance abuse education and prevention in schools, according to a new NASBE policy update.

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Policy Update

Supporting School Efforts to Combat Substance Abuse

Mortality rates from overdose in adolescents rose by 94 percent in 2020, largely due to illicit fentanyl.

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Press Release

States Can Do More to Leverage Federal Funding to Support School Based Health Services

NASBE analysis finds school-based health services are a powerful, yet underused strategy to expand equitable healthcare to students.

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Policy Update

Enhancing School-Based Health Services

School-based health services (SBHS) are a powerful, yet underused strategy to expand equitable healthcare to students.

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Policy Update

Investing Equitably in School Facilities

With newly available federal infrastructure funding, states can direct resources toward school facilities with the most need.

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Announcement

NASBE Recruits Five States for Healthy School Facilities Network

NASBE is launching a new Healthy School Facilities (HSF) Network! We will select 5 states to participate, and each state will receive a grant of $10,000 to support staff work time and to convene in-state stakeholder meetings.

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Press Release

States Adopt Trauma-Informed Teacher Training, Few Consider Secondary Traumatic Stress

Embed trauma-informed practices in mandated teacher training can ensure that schools reduce the risks to teachers from STS, according to NASBE analysis.

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Policy Update

Building Trauma-Informed School Systems

This analysis highlights ways states can embed trauma-informed practices in mandated teacher training and ensure that schools reduce the risks to teachers from STS.

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