Tiffany Nix, superintendent of Leechburg Area schools in Pennsylvania, watched in frustration for years as hundreds of thousands of dollars went out the doors of her small, cash-strapped district with families who enrolled their children in cyber charter schools.
Arizona is one of at least seven states with curriculum laws around LGBTQ issues, according to the advocacy group GLSEN. But of all the state laws, Arizona’s is the only one that bans promoting “a homosexual life-style,” says University of Utah law professor Clifford Rosky.
In virtually every measurable category, black students in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, were being outperformed by their white counterparts, according to an extensive study commissioned by the district. And while black students accounted for 12 percent of the district’s enrollment, they represented nearly 36 percent of the district’s suspensions.
The state’s Next Generation Accountability indexes show an upswing in the number of students improving in their own math and reading performance from one year to the next, taking more college level courses, graduating on time and taking an art course before they leave high school.
Bill would expand the definition of consent from the brief treatment it was originally given — “[there must be] discussion on what constitutes sexual consent” — to a detailed list of what consent means and how it might show up during a sexual encounter.
On the morning of the fifth snow day this school year, 16-year-old Davis Greene slept in, but didn’t get a pass from school. Once he was up, the Neenah High School junior walked downstairs and joined peers across the school district for whom school, at least digitally, was in session.
Vermont lawmakers have proposed a nearly $30 million package this year to expand early education and child care access in Vermont. But the officials who joined the actress at a Burlington child care center last week were not ready to sign on to the allocation.
One Arkansas lawmaker wants to get more students reading by putting money on the line—specifically, their lunch money. Rep. Alan Clark’s bill, if passed, would reduce a district’s “national school lunch funding” if they’re struggling in the reading department over a period of time.
The bill codifies a recent opinion by the California attorney general that says charter schools, which are publicly funded but operate independently of traditional public school systems, must follow the same transparency rules as traditional public schools.
Acknowledging the growing visibility of transgender students, Maryland education officials issued guidelines four years ago suggesting how schools could provide safe spaces for these students. Now, Baltimore is poised to take those protections a step further.
Instead of the traditional labor protest over wages and benefits, teachers are calling out a wide range of problems that they argue weaken public schools. It’s a crisis that’s been in the works since cities and states cut their school funding during the recession.
In Tempe, Arizona, the phone number for a suicide hotline is printed on every student’s ID badge, teachers are trained to spot and respond to warning signs in students, and administrators don’t use euphemisms when discussing the topic.
The ongoing teachers’ strike roiling this city is highlighting renewed support for teachers unions and traditional public schools within the Democratic Party, eclipsing a push by some party members to embrace charter schools and other education options.