Madeleine Roth's Proposal on School Shootings

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Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Minimum Legal Drinking Ages - Michelle Peng and Julia Marino

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Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

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Samuel Kuznetsky and Larry Suprun Proposal on Gun Control

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Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

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Carly Belloff: Memory and Aging

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Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

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Mental Health (Stress, Bullying, Depression, Suicide) by Jenna Kravitz and Jarett Terner

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Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Before-school exercise programs

In previous sessions, a number of MSC members have pointed out that school-age children have fewer opportunities for physical activity during the school day than in the past (leading to increased obesity and other negative health outcomes), and we have seen MSC proposals that would mandate minimums for PE or other physical activity during the school week. (Michigan currently has a vague mandate that schools provide PE, but there are no minimum requirements.) 

Haley's Proposal Regarding Mental Health Resources at Schools

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Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Sexual Education in High School

Sexual education in high schools across the country is a point of disagreement for many. The regulations regarding what must be covered vary from state to state, and are often deemed inadequate by those who live in that state. For example, in Michigan, there is no discussion of sexual orientation or clinical abortion in the guidelines of what must be covered in any sexual education course. In fact, only nine states require that discussion of sexual orientation be inclusive of LGBT individuals.

Should Flu Shots be Required for All Students

As many of us probably know, the cold/flu season this year has been absolutely horrendous. Many schools and districts have had to close in the last few months due to illness. In one article I found, schools start to consider closing when about 20% of their students are home sick, however the problem is that there "are no formal rules from the state about when districts should close a school in the event of an outbreak". Once 25% of all of a district is out sick "they don't get credit for the day".

Should the drinking age be lowered?

Lawmakers in New Hampshire have proposed a bill that would lower the drinking age to 20. There were earlier efforts to lower the age to 19 for active duty service members and 18 for people with adults but it failed. There are only 11 countries that have the drinking age set at 21 and over 100 that have it set at 18 or 19. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that when the United States changed the law in 1984 that I decreased fatal accidents by 13 percent for people aged 18-20.

Before-school exercise programs

In previous sessions, a number of MSC members have pointed out that school-age children have fewer opportunities for physical activity during the school day than in the past (leading to increased obesity and other negative health outcomes), and we have seen MSC proposals that would mandate minimums for PE or other physical activity during the school week. (Michigan currently has a vague mandate that schools provide PE, but there are no minimum requirements.) 

Sexual Education in High School

Sexual education in high schools across the country is a point of disagreement for many. The regulations regarding what must be covered vary from state to state, and are often deemed inadequate by those who live in that state. For example, in Michigan, there is no discussion of sexual orientation or clinical abortion in the guidelines of what must be covered in any sexual education course. In fact, only nine states require that discussion of sexual orientation be inclusive of LGBT individuals.

Should Flu Shots be Required for All Students

As many of us probably know, the cold/flu season this year has been absolutely horrendous. Many schools and districts have had to close in the last few months due to illness. In one article I found, schools start to consider closing when about 20% of their students are home sick, however the problem is that there "are no formal rules from the state about when districts should close a school in the event of an outbreak". Once 25% of all of a district is out sick "they don't get credit for the day".

Should the drinking age be lowered?

Lawmakers in New Hampshire have proposed a bill that would lower the drinking age to 20. There were earlier efforts to lower the age to 19 for active duty service members and 18 for people with adults but it failed. There are only 11 countries that have the drinking age set at 21 and over 100 that have it set at 18 or 19. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that when the United States changed the law in 1984 that I decreased fatal accidents by 13 percent for people aged 18-20.

Adderall and College Students

Adderall has become the most abused prescription drug in America. "Adderall is abused mostly by college students and young adults. Estimates are that somewhere between 20-30 percent of college students regularly abuse Adderall." As many may know, the beneficial use is as a study aid to help students stay up and cram for an upcoming exam. People think these drugs have no side effects and that they have only positive effects to help their academics.

Protecting Students from School Shootings

With the rate of mass shootings tripling since 2011, protecting students from active-shooters has been one of the most important and controversial topics to date. There is strong support to make policy changes to help protect children in schools from potential shooters; a particular topic that is heavily debated is whether or not teachers/school-officers should be allowed to carry guns.

Is Mental Health the Next Focus of the School Safety Debate?

As children get older, schools often have health classes that help create a discussion about sexual education. These classes often discuss how hormones are changing, and most schools even have a talk with the girls about periods,etc. However, it seems that anxiety, depression, adhd, and other mental illnesses or disorders are increasing in teens and young adults (or at least, they are more prevelant). 

Last semester I was in a...

Last semester I was in a psych class where I was a mentor at a local middle school in Ann Arbor. I worked with over 30 kids, but one student stuck out in particular. This young boy who I will refer to as "Will" who was in the sixth grade. The point of the class was to get to know the students, read their background and then write a paper about the student. When reading his bio I read that his mother did cocaine in utero which effects his daily life. He was very sick as a child and has to take medication regularly.
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Madeleine Roth's Proposal on School Shootings

Context

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Minimum Legal Drinking Ages - Michelle Peng and Julia Marino

Context

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Samuel Kuznetsky and Larry Suprun Proposal on Gun Control

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Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Carly Belloff: Memory and Aging

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Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Mental Health (Stress, Bullying, Depression, Suicide) by Jenna Kravitz and Jarett Terner

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Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Haley's Proposal Regarding Mental Health Resources at Schools

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Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

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