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Use of the Plan B morning-after pill is even more prevalent than originally admitted by New York City school officials. Under a Freedom of Information Law request, the New York Post acquired documentation showing that instead of 567 girls receiving doses as previously admitted, “40 separate ‘school-based health centers’ doled out 12,721 doses of Plan B in 2011-12.” (02-04-13)

The University of Arizona has added a minor in hip-hop music to university offerings. The minor is not offered in the music department, but instead in the department of Africana Studies. “The curriculum goes beyond the stereotypical gang and drug cultures to examine the movement’s intersection with politics, marketing, fashion and other academic disciplines,” according to the Los Angeles Times (01-13-13). Many other universities offer hip-hop and rap music courses.

A five-year-old in Pennsylvania and a six-year-old in Maryland were suspended from public schools in separate zero-tolerance “gun” incidents. The little girl in Mt. Carmel, PA told a playmate she would shoot her with a pink play gun that makes bubbles while waiting for a school bus. The AP reports that the school district labeled her as a “terrorist threat.” The little boy in Silver Springs, MD pointed his finger like a gun and said “pow,” according to the Washington Post. School officials explained the suspension by claiming the boy “threatened to shoot” another student.

Pediatricians issued a policy statement in the journal Pediatrics calling on schools to retain recess as a crucial part of students’ daily schedule. They maintain that an increased focus on academic achievement should not put children at risk to miss the regular breaks from academics offered by recess. “Several studies demonstrated that recess, whether performed indoors or outdoors, made children more attentive and more productive in the classroom,” according to the medical doctors.