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    School librarians targeted in new wave of censorship legislation

    Proposed policy changes include removing obscenity law exemptions. The American Library Association warns such moves are driving out librarians.

    By April 12, 2024
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    Test yourself on this week’s K-12 news

    From the ESSER fiscal cliff’s impact on schools to student data privacy concerns, what did you learn from our recent stories?

    By April 12, 2024
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    Equity in Education

    From early learning to high school, the pandemic impacted equity at all levels of K-12, from persistent and widening achievement gaps to uneven access to school meals.

    By K-12 Dive staff
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    23% of teachers experienced a gun-related school lockdown in 2022-23

    Some 69% of educators say addressing mental health would be a “very effective” prevention strategy, a Pew Research Center survey found.

    By April 12, 2024
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    Tutor.com’s ownership by Chinese firm raises student data privacy concerns

    Some officials are scrutinizing the online tutoring service’s ability to safeguard student data, but Tutor.com says there’s no threat to privacy.

    By April 11, 2024
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    ‘Crisis of credibility’: FAFSA rollout panned during congressional hearing

    One financial aid expert said trust is eroding in data from the U.S. Department of Education as issues continue to plague the new form’s debut.

    By Natalie Schwartz • April 10, 2024
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    Wisconsin adds Hmong and Asian American history to curriculum requirements

    At least seven other states mandate Asian American studies, and a dozen other states have academic standards for the subject.

    By April 10, 2024
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    Democratic-leaning states move to curb book bans

    “Freedom to Read” legislation under consideration or passed in several states would require libraries to present diverse points of view or risk losing funding.

    By April 10, 2024
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    How 2 Tennessee school districts are approaching AI policies

    Administrators share how they’re preparing for a new state law that requires all Tennessee K-12 public schools to adopt an AI use policy by fall.

    By April 10, 2024
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    How will ESSER fiscal cliffs drive school district budget cuts?

    Tight budgets will remain into the next school year, but may ease up beginning in the 2025-26 school year, said one education finance expert.

    By April 8, 2024
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    4-day school weeks hurt students’ reading, math achievement

    A recent peer-reviewed study found that students in non-rural districts saw a greater negative impact on their academic performance than in rural districts.

    By April 8, 2024
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    In reversal, Education Department to reprocess all FAFSAs hit by tax error

    The process will affect between 15% and 20% of previously submitted federal financial aid applications.

    By Laura Spitalniak • April 5, 2024
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    Special education population rose 2% between 2020 and 2021

    In total, 7.8 million children and young adults received specialized services under IDEA in 2021, according to the Education Department’s annual report.

    By April 5, 2024
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    Test yourself on this week’s K-12 news

    From the launch of a superintendent fellowship to an upcoming global event’s impact on schools, what did you learn from our recent stories?

    By April 5, 2024
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    11% of teachers ‘very likely’ to look for a new job as stress mounts

    A majority of surveyed educators say they are stressed and overwhelmed with their current roles, but 71% still plan to stay, Pew Research Center found.

    By April 4, 2024
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    Book ban attempts soared 65% in 2023

    Groups disputing book titles focused on public libraries, where the number of titles targeted rose by 92%, compared to 11% in schools.

    By April 3, 2024
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    School buses included in updated EPA emissions standards

    The new rule aiming to reduce pollution comes as the agency has developed grant programs to help schools buy zero- and low-emission vehicles.

    By , David Taube • April 3, 2024
  • Oklahoma Supreme Court weighs nation’s first religious public charter school

    State justices anticipated that the landmark case questioning the constitutionality of St. Isidore would make it to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

    By April 3, 2024
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    $5.3M Energy Department grant to fund Indianapolis vocational education campus

    Ameresco and charter school operator Matchbook Learning are building a high school and career center powered by renewable energy.

    By Brian Martucci • April 3, 2024
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    330,000 FAFSAs must be reprocessed, Education Department says

    A tax data issue affecting about 5% of submitted applications will be corrected starting in early April.

    By Laura Spitalniak • April 3, 2024
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    School-based Medicaid billing concerns delay proposed rule

    Some worry children's school-based services can adversely affect outside services, but school administrators said there have been no examples of this.

    By April 2, 2024
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    As teacher use of AI detection grows, discipline guidance a mixed bag

    Student discipline in response to plagiarism rose from 48% to 64% over the last school year, according to the Center for Democracy & Technology.

    By April 1, 2024
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    Texas policy defining gender-affirming care as child abuse blocked again

    A Friday opinion upheld a block on a 2022 policy requiring licensed professionals to report parents for child abuse if children are receiving gender-affirming medical care.

    By April 1, 2024
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    Alaska designated ‘high risk’ for losing ARP funds

    The state failed to meet federal maintenance of equity requirements, the U.S. Department of Education says.

    By April 1, 2024
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    Federal coordinating council formed to support K-12 cybersecurity

    The Education Department and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency created the council to coordinate federal, state, tribal and local efforts.

    By April 1, 2024
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    POP QUIZ

    Test yourself on this week’s K-12 news

    From a federal plea to address chronic absenteeism to strategies for approaching teacher layoffs, what did you learn from our recent stories?

    By March 29, 2024