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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. Read more>>

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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. Read more>>

Connecticut Law Tribune
Attorneys representing children and families in the city of Norwalk have secured an order from the Connecticut State Department of Education ordering local schools to correct deficits in access to special education services. Read more>>

Seacoast Online
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. Read more>>

Starting this fall, every school district in New Jersey will be required to include age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness education in their curriculum now that Gov. Phil Murphy signed the bill known as “Erin’s Law,” named in honor of Erin Merryn, a survivor of child sexual abuse turned advocate. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

Twenty states now require sexual abuse prevention education as early as preschool. Educators say it’s up to adults to know the signs and symptoms of abuse — and teach behaviors that could prevent it. Read more>>

The Common Core literacy standards were intended to shift instruction toward building knowledge and away from illusory reading comprehension “skills.” But many teachers have stuck with “skills” and added nonfiction—a losing combination. Read more>>