A young student unable to contain her energy is kept in the back of the classroom so as not to disturb the class at Woodland Heights School in Laconia, N.H.   (Cheryl Senter / Special to The Seattle Times)

Opioid crisis in schools

Here's what one city is doing about it

From Washington to West Virginia, the number of children born in withdrawal from opioids and other drugs has skyrocketed, and those babies — now elementary-school students — present challenges that teachers say they have never encountered at such a scale.

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Funding

More charter schools to close in Western Washington, citing dwindling enrollment

Two charter schools — one in Kent and another in Tacoma — will shut down at the end of this academic year, bringing the total number of closures to four since the publicly funded but privately run schools first opened in Washington state five years ago. The board of directors for Green Dot Public Schools voted Thursday...

Discipline

Trump officials cancel Obama-era policy on school discipline

The Trump administration has formally scrapped an Obama-era policy that was meant to curb racial discrimination in schools but that became tangled in a national debate over school safety. Officials from the Education and Justice departments finalized the rollback Friday, just days after it was proposed by a federal panel on school safety. President Donald...