Fairfax school district launches review of seclusion and restraint policies
Virginia’s largest school system is investigating its seclusion and restraint procedures, following a report that use of the controversial practices is underreported. The original WAMU-FM report found that students at some Fairfax schools are routinely secluded, or involuntarily confined.
We need more teachers of color, so why do we use tests that keep them out of the classroom?
Teacher licensure exams have been shown to be a murky indicator of how effective an aspiring teacher will be. Research has also shown that requiring higher scores would keep out substantial numbers of people who would otherwise be effective. There are also problems with the exams when it comes to racial diversity.
Schools are failing to protect kids from lead in drinking water, report finds
The report from Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG Education Fund reviewed school drinking water standards in 31 states and the District of Columbia. It found regulations in most states are "too weak" to protect children from lead contamination in their school's water.
Arkansas House passes new school funding bill
The state Legislature passed and Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed into law a measure that will see minimum teacher salaries raised to $36,000 over the next four years. The increase will begin in the 2019-20 school year and will affect almost 170 of the state’s 235 school districts.
Terry Bennett picked to lead North Douglas School District
The Oregon school district chose Terry Bennett, who currently works for the Oregon Department of Education in the office of Teaching, Learning and Assessment. He will begin his new position as superintendent of the North Douglas School District on July 1.
Fla. House advances school security bill that would allow armed teachers
The school safety bill would allow school districts to let teachers voluntarily participate in the state’s armed guardian program, if they survive a rigorous background check and complete required training. And it passed the committee along party lines.
Conn. governor softens stance on consolidating school districts
Gov. Ned Lamont has released a new legislative proposal that strikes any mention of redistricting. The revised bill would create a commission that would develop recommendations about sharing services—like software or transportation contracts—and staff—like superintendents—between districts, instead of consolidating districts.