A San Diego high school valedictorian went scorched-earth on school staff during her graduation speech last week, airing her grievances against some faculty members in a highly public fashion. Her fiery remarks later went viral.
The National Education Association (NEA) announced that next month it will host a number of Democratic presidential hopefuls—including Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)—to discuss issues affecting students, educators and schools.
Educators don’t want to seclude and restrain students, but often don’t have other options. Most practices are covered by a patchwork of policies, guidelines and regulations that differ from school district to school district, which can make it difficult to understand when, why and how often students are secluded and restrained.
Rhode Island lawmakers have advanced legislation aimed at reforming the state’s education system and boosting academic performance by students, including requiring the state’s education commissioner to develop new curriculum frameworks and align the curriculum with statewide academic goals.
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.