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 Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments
Welcome to Motherlode?s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.






 In Arizona, a Textbook Fuels a Broader Dispute Over Sex Education
The board in Gilbert, Ariz., said two pages in a biology textbook that discuss sexually transmitted diseases and contraception violated a state law passed in 2012.






 Motherlode Blog: Kindle Versus Ipad: Which Tablet Is Best for Kids?
When choosing a child?s tablet, remember that you are making a down payment toward a content library that will last for years. Making a hasty decision based on price may backfire.






 M.I.T. Is 10-0 and Finding Success in the N.C.A.A. Division III Playoffs
M.I.T.?s football team, which has long been an afterthought at a university known for its academics, is 10-0 and in the second round of the N.C.A.A. Division III playoffs.

 Beverly Hills to boot non-district K-8 pupils
After more than four hours of emotional and sometimes contentious debate, the Beverly Hills Unified School District approved a controversial proposal Tuesday to boot out more than 400 out-of-district students.

 ?At hope? kids better than ?at risk??

Sen. Rosa Franklin, D-Tacoma, is sponsoring a bill this session that would replace references to low-income children such as "disadvantaged," and "at-risk" with a more-positive term, "at hope." Decades ago, poor children became known as "disadvantaged." Then they were "at-risk." Now, a Washington lawmaker wants to replace those euphemisms with a new one: "at hope."


 Hawaii legislators seek to lengthen school year
Stuck with the nation's shortest school year, Hawaii lawmakers will consider proposals for longer and more school days when this year's legislative session opens Wednesday.

 Loophole frees mentally ill youth offenders

In this undated file photo provided by Jan Henry, her husband Todd Henry is shown playing a guitar in Tyler, Texas. Todd Henry, a special education teacher, was fatally stabbed by a student at the school.Recent slaying cases highlight the complexities of a 1997 law meant to keep mentally ill juveniles from being held in detention centers where they can't get proper treatment.


 Government publishes British Values
Schools in England must ensure pupils have respect and tolerance for all faiths, races and cultures, says new government guidance on British values.

 Search for teachers 'may go abroad'
A continuing teacher recruitment shortage may prompt schools to look abroad for new teachers, experts say.

 CofE schools chief's terror law fear
Plans that require schools to help prevent pupils becoming radicalised place too much of a burden on education regulator Ofsted, the chief Church of England education officer says.

 Adoption row council 'was biased'
A couple say a local authority set out to adopt their grandson despite the fact they wanted to care for him and his elder brother.