Gimme 5: News That Parents Should Know (But Might Have Missed)

We realize you have a million things going on, so here’s a quick roundup of the latest news stories that all parents should know about. This week, researchers discover a new ticking to the biological clock, special ed goes to court, schools amp up to maximum security, and more. Scroll down to get the scoop!

Awesome Teen’s Non-Profit Supplies Homeless Women with Tampons & Pads


We all preach that children are the future, but it’s pretty exciting to witness the next generation’s impact on the world – especially when they are still so young. This teen has equipped thousands of homeless women with feminine products, such as tampons and pads, that they rarely gain access to. Over the past two years, Nadya Okamoto’s nonprofit organization has donated more than 250,000 tampons and 100,000 pads to women in need. (HuffPo)

Special Education Case Will Go to Supreme Court

Since 1990, U.S. law requires that students with disabilities receive a free & proper public education. However, the level of education requirement has been loosey goosey in federal court cases. So, the Supreme Court agreed to take on this case and rule on what the standard education for special needs students should be. (USA Today)

thinkstockphotos-91947709The Rising ‘Grandparent Deficit’

Did you know about six times as many children were born to women 35 and older in 2012 as they were 40 years ago. What does this mean? Basically, that parents are having kids later, and grandparents are getting older. Whether families depend on grandparents for childcare, or the eldest hold life lessons to bestow on little ones in the family, this change in family planning is impacting the ways families function. (Time)

School District Requires $15 Background Check for Visitors 

With the school shooting count rising and crazy clowns on the loose, you can’t be surprised to hear schools are amping up campus security. In fact, a school district in Alabama is now requiring that all visitors who come to school during the day — including parents and grandparents — must pass a background check and pay $15 to get it. Why? The school district says, “Keeping our students, faculty, and staff safe is a top priority.”  (Washington Post)

2,000 Teachers Wear #BlackLivesMatter Shirts to Classblack-lives-matter-seattle-times

In an effort to call for racial equality in education, about 2,000 Seattle educators wore Black Lives Matter shirts at their schools this week. Schools across the district held “Black Lives Matter at School” rallies before classes began for the day.  (Seattle Times, image courtesty of Seattle Times)

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