Calling for “drastic action,” Rhode Island’s new education commissioner Angélica Infante-Green is aiming to use a 1997 law to take some level of control over Providence public schools, one month after the release of a damning report by Johns Hopkins on the state of the city’s schools.
Florida will become the third state in the U.S. to require students to learn more about mental health, behind Virginia and New York. Public schools will now provide students in grades six and above a minimum of five hours of mental health education annually.
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed Senate Bill 263 into law, relative to anti-discrimination protection for students in public schools. Under the new law, anti-discrimination lawsuits against school districts are now allowed in state courts.
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.