An outbreak of measles, which is causing a full-blown public health emergency in the Pacific Northwest, is a wake-up call to states like Massachusetts that have seen a worrying rise in vaccine rejection.
District Attorney Larry Krasner has announced new policies that will modify some disturbing practices in the treatment of juvenile offenders: locking them up for status offenses such as breaking curfew or skipping school; subjecting them to long bouts of solitary confinement; and sentencing them to subpar facilities, many of which do nothing to provide education or remediation.
There was highest number of “major” work stoppages in 11 years in 2018, according to new U.S. Labor Department data. The department reported 20 stoppages, involving at least 1,000 workers last year, with the 553,000 workers involved being the highest in 32 years. The largest event: the Arizona school strike.
A bill in the Minnesota Senate would put up $30 million over two years to expand full-service schools, which meet education, health care, and other student and family needs under one roof. This community model, tried in Faribault, Duluth and Rochester districts, has caught the attention of new Gov. Tim Walz. A separate bill in the House would also put money toward such schools.
Teachers are proving vulnerable to disconnects between state and federal law that send conflicting messages about the use of medical marijuana. And district officials are in between a rock and a hard place: Under the Drug-Free Workplace Act, any employer that receives federal funding must operate a drug-free workplace, or risk losing that funding.
The Kentucky Senate passed a school safety bill that calls for the creation of a state school security marshal position and development of a school security risk assessment tool, among other measures. The bill comes one year after two students were killed in a shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton.
A new study at Seattle School District high schools has found that later start times are associated with more sleep and better performance for students. They are among hundreds of U.S. schools that have pushed back start times, following the American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidance to delay the start of middle and high school classes until 8:30 a.m. Still, fewer than 1 in 5 schools comply.
In a test of a new state law that aims to increase election turnout, voters in several New Mexico school districts are casting ballots by mail for the first time. And the results of a recent Albuquerque Public Schools special election—with such voters rejecting construction project proposals—have Santa Fe officials concerned. An election there is seeking $11 million per year to fund edtech and support schools.