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    POP QUIZ

    Test yourself on this week’s K-12 news

    From the Ten Commandments in schools to the surgeon general’s call to address teen mental health, what did you learn from our recent stories?

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    Deep Dive

    OCR finds pandemic-era Section 504 violations in Michigan

    The Education Department said the state improperly limited compensatory services for students with disabilities during COVID-19 school closures.

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    Student-designed 7th grade climate curriculum aims to bring joy, rigor

    The lessons focused on land subsidence are being developed as part of a California law calling for the creation of a free and open climate curriculum.

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    Title IX rule blocked in 6 more states

    Conservative states contest the rule’s inclusion of LGBTQ+ students and have filed multiple lawsuits seeking to stop the rule from taking effect Aug. 1.

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    Supreme Court to hear FCC E-rate case on school reimbursements

    The 2008 case hinges on the definition of “claims” and whether E-rate reimbursements can be considered as such under the False Claims Act.

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    Warning label needed for social media, US Surgeon General says

    Dr. Vivek Murthy also called on parents and schools to create phone-free experiences for youth.

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    Federal judge blocks Title IX rule in 4 states

    The injunction against the rule protecting LGBTQ+ students comes as part of a Louisiana-led lawsuit — one of several against the regulations.

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    House education committee advances resolution to repeal Title IX final rule

    The attempt to use the Congressional Review Act to revoke the regulation released in April is among eight pieces of education legislation sent to the full House.

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    Opinion

    How to improve the emotional well-being of Black students

    By reframing how they react in difficult situations, educators can help ensure Black students feel and do better in school.

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    How can schools gear up for the FCC’s $200M cybersecurity pilot?

    The application window for the Schools and Libraries Cybersecurity Pilot Program is expected to open this fall, according to the commission.

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    School behavioral threat assessment teams on the rise

    Of schools with such teams, 71% identified students at potential risk to themselves and 49% at potential risk to others, NCES data shows.

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    Texas court decision signals trouble for Title IX LGBTQ+ protections

    A district court said the Education Department overstepped its authority in 2021 guidance that told states how to interpret the anti-sex-discrimination statute.

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    Book ban lawsuits one step closer to Supreme Court

    Some lawsuits challenging the bans have reached the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, while others remain in the district court system. 

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    Los Angeles schools investigating claims of data for sale on dark web

    The alleged incident is raising questions of whether a more recent data breach has hit the nation’s second-largest district since September 2022.

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    What can states do to prepare schools for AI?

    The ILO Group released a new framework to help state education agencies craft guidance and policies for schools around the use of AI in classrooms.

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    How 2 tutoring companies are adapting to meet districts’ needs

    Leaders at Paper and Varsity Tutors explain why they implemented approaches like outcomes-based contracts and a free service model.

    Updated June 14, 2024
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    PowerSchool to go private in $5.6B deal

    PowerSchool CEO Hardeep Gulati said the acquisition by Bain Capital will help the K-12 software provider expand and strengthen its offerings.

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    What are the most common school communications crises?

    In 2023, school violence stories averaged 130 per day, and there was a 2,280% increase in stories on educators’ OnlyFans accounts, a report finds.

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    What to do when salaried employees fall below the new overtime threshold

    There is more to the decision-making process than employers may realize, especially with future increases and litigation on the horizon, attorneys said.

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    Summer Reading: AI presses K-12 leaders to revisit ed tech policies

    As the emerging technology proliferates in K-12, leaders are scrambling to craft policies for its curricular and operational use.

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    Chronic absenteeism rates almost doubled during pandemic

    Some 30% of all students nationwide were chronically absent in 2021-22, per a 50-state data analysis by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

  • Houston schools show test score growth in first year of state takeover

    Early signs of success in the controversial and large-scale takeover suggest the district could transition out of state intervention sooner rather than later.

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    Hoping to block Title IX final rule, lawmakers invoke Congressional Review Act

    If passed, the resolution would go to President Joe Biden, who is unlikely to allow the rule expanding Title IX protections to LGBTQ+ students to be overturned.

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    3 creative ways students can engage with history

    From local history to “un-essays,” educators can use a variety of approaches to help students examine the past from unique perspectives.

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    FCC approves $200M K-12 cybersecurity pilot

    The three-year program will help schools begin to cover the costs of securing their networks from cyberattacks.

    Updated June 7, 2024