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February 10, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Round-up: Mass. crafts new discipline rules; med students work on Wikipedia

Massachusetts crafts new discipline guidelines (AP): The push to change school discipline policies has spread to Massachusetts, where state officials are gathering public input as they write new guidelines intended to cut down on suspensions and expulsions. The effort results from a 2012 state law that required principals to remove students from school only as a last resort.

Med school course encourages students to improve Wikipedia entries (NPR): Medical students in Dr. Amin Azzam’s course at the University of California, San Francisco, are tasked with an unusual assignment: Pick one of the top 100 most-read medical entries on Wikipedia and work to improve it throughout the term. A recent study from the IMS Health Institute found Wikipedia is the “single leading source” of health information — for both doctors and patients.

Schools in cold-weather climates run out of snow days (AP): Districts from Ohio to Rhode Island are scrambling to adjust their schedules amid a growing tally of snow days. Boston has expanded its school calendar by nearly a week.

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