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District attorney’s office hires K-9 duo to help child abuse victims

The district attorney’s Bureau of Victim Services announced two unusual hires Monday to help support victims of child abuse and sexual assault.

New K-9 employees Skippy and Bert can be spotted walking around the downtown Hall of Justice with their handlers, Martha Carbajal and Ashley Meyers.

Skippy is a yellow Labrador retriever and Bert is a golden retriever and yellow lab mix.

Both are dubbed “facility dogs.” Unlike other K-9 teams trained to sniff out drugs, explosives and other dangers, facility dogs learn dozens of cues to help them work with victims of crime.

Scientific research shows that caressing an animal produces short-term decreases in blood pressure and heart rate and can also make people feel less lonely.

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15-Year-Old Arrested After Shooting Inside Boston School District Headquarters

ROXBURY (CBS) — A 15-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday morning after police say he fired a gun during a struggle in the lobby of the Boston School District headquarters building in Dudley Square.

Boston Police said the shooting took place around 9:20 a.m. at the Washington Street building, where students sign up for classes.

Buffalo Teachers Push for Carl Paladino’s Removal From City’s School Board – District Dossier – Education Week

Buffalo school board member Carl Paladino has been under fire since late December for derogatory comments he made about President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. He has refused to resign despite mounting pressure for his ouster.

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Yonkers, N.Y., District Commits to More Inclusion of Students with Disabilities – On Special Education – Education Week

The U.S. Department of Education’s office for civil rights said that some students were placed in self-contained special education settings without an individualized justification for doing so.

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Cleveland District CEO Named Urban Educator of the Year – District Dossier – Education Week

Eric Gordon, CEO of the Cleveland district since 2011, was chosen Thursday as the Urban Educator of the Year at the Council of the Great City Schools annual conference in Miami.

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Video of Teacher Dragging Special Education Student Roils Mississippi District – On Special Education – Education Week

A Greenville, Miss. teacher was fired and a superintendent placed on administrative leave after a video of a student being dragged by her hair surfaced on social media.

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Report: Miss. District Floats Desegregation Plan That Would Close Black Schools – District Dossier – Education Week

The Cleveland, Miss., school district was ordered in May to integrate its middle and high schools after a U.S. District Court judge found that the district had essentially maintained a segregated school system. But the district’s proposal to comply with the order would result in the closure of historically black schools, the AP reported.

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Feds Award Flint Schools $480K Grant for Lead Crisis Support – District Dossier – Education Week

The money is meant to be used to hire attendance specialists, counselors, and psychologists to help deal with problems that may occur because students were exposed to lead-contaminated tap water.

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New Study: Principals Play a Large Role in Teacher Retention – District Dossier – Education Week

Principals play a huge role in shaping work conditions—and in whether teachers stay or leave, according to a new study.

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Chicago Mayor Pledges $36 Million to Mentor Youths in Effort to Curb Violence – District Dossier – Education Week

In an address focused on curbing the gun violence that has plagued Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel pledged $36 million in city and philanthropic funds to expand mentoring programs to 7,200 boys and male youths. He also plans to expand a similar program for women and opportunities for unemployed and out-of-school youths.

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