California education officials have agreed on a sweeping new framework for sex education in the classroom, sparking intense debate about whether some of the proposal’s teacher material is too graphic and explicit.
Outrage on social media and national media attention has prompted Warwick Public Schools officials to reverse a decision to implement a new policy that would ban students with outstanding balances from choosing from the cafeteria’s hot meals.
Faced with a state judge’s order to fix a public school system deemed deficient, the New Mexico Legislature appropriated an extra $480 million for education—an increase of over 17 percent. Lawmakers hope that the effort will result in getting a return on a major investment in schools in the next fiscal year.
A Southern California school district has placed four teachers on administrative leave after a photo surfaced showing the group smiling as one held a small noose in a classroom. The principal of the elementary school has also been put on leave pending an investigation.
A new report from U.C.L.A. and Penn State outlines the changes in school segregation since the landmark Supreme Court ruling named after Oliver Brown, a black father who sued to enroll his daughter, Linda, in an all-white elementary school blocks from their home in Topeka, Kan.
A Northern California teacher is encouraging students to reveal their own struggles by attaching post-it notes to a poster. She then pulls aside any student who puts their name in categories labeled “having a hard time” or “in a really dark place.”
Ray Dalio, founder of Connecticut-based Bridgewater Associates, one of the world’s largest hedge funds, announced a five-year $100 million commitment to benefit students in under-resourced communities. It is the largest known philanthropic donation to benefit the state in Connecticut’s history.
Proposed academic standards for teaching social studies in Nebraska would require public school students to learn how to manage money and would encourage them to look at history from multiple perspectives. The draft builds on standards set in 2012 by adding clarity and direction for teachers.
The Utah State Board of Education has adopted new health education standards for grades K-12, updating 22-year-old standards, which for the first time includes students in grades kindergarten through second grade. The standards cover mental health and emotional health, substance abuse prevention, safety and disease prevention, nutrition, human development and health foundation, and protective factors of healthy self.
The U.S. Department of Education has found Texas in violation of a federal statute prohibiting states from reducing their funding for kids with disabilities from year to year, and warned the state that a financial penalty was coming. Now, the state’s estimate for how much it could owe has risen to $223 million, nearly a quarter of Texas’ annual special education grant.
Williamson County Schools will make adjustments in how it teaches slavery and African-American history in a new online social studies curriculum set to roll out district-wide in August. The district’s changes, incorporated alongside required state changes to social studies education, arrive as it has come under fire for homework assignments regarding slavery.