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Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or





I was recently reading the Summer, 2014 issue of “Science Scope,” a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association.

In this issue, I read an article entitled “Scope on Safety: Question of the Month” written by Ken Roy, director of environmental health and safety for Glastonbury Public Schools in Glastonbury, Connecticut.  The question of the month, that he responds to, is “Do special education paraprofessionals in my science lab need to have formal training in handling hazardous chemicals?”



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