Policy & Legal


  • Supreme Court Allows Texas Six Week Abortion Ban To Stand
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    SCOTUS declines to hear Title IX liability case

    Some education groups hoped the U.S. Supreme Court would review the case and provide clarity on an issue that has divided lower courts.

    By Nov. 23, 2022
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    Survey: Secondary students warming up to school meals

    The proportion of students “very likely” and “somewhat likely” to eat school meals jumped 25 percentage points in a year, a No Kid Hungry report found.

    By Nov. 23, 2022
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    Dive Awards

    The K-12 Dive Awards for 2022

    These leaders are shaping the nation’s schools with commitments to high expectations, strong relationships and robust career exploration models.

    By Nov. 21, 2022
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    Something fishy — or not fishy enough? — in school lunches

    Seafood amounts purchased by the USDA between 2014 and 2019 equal only about three fish sticks or one can of tuna per student annually, a GAO report says.

    By Nov. 21, 2022
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    Ed Dept outlines school violence prevention options under $1B Stronger Connections grant program

    A draft FAQ details activities covered under the grants, which support evidence-based school safety and climate plans and strategies.

    By Nov. 18, 2022
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    Star-Spangled Bans: The cost of censoring America’s schools

    The rapid spread of classroom censorship policies has left educators feeling targeted and students without resources.

    By Nov. 18, 2022
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    Over 1,830 colleges are test-optional for fall 2023 admissions

    At least 90 of those institutions aren’t requiring the SAT or ACT through fall 2024, according to FairTest, a group advocating for limited use of assessments.

    By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • Nov. 18, 2022
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    Midterm elections: Education policy collides with split Congress

    The House turns GOP majority while the Senate maintains Democratic leadership, putting education policy under a divided Congress.

    By Nov. 17, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    Star-Spangled Bans: No place for Pride in some schools after anti-LGBTQ laws spread

    Counselors, educators and students are paying the price for policies that make students feel unsafe as their mental health and lives hang in the balance.

    By , , Nov. 17, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    Star-Spangled Bans: Anti-CRT policies lead schools to downplay race, history

    “Divisive concepts” regulations are dividing entire communities, with people and children of color caught in the middle.

    By , , Nov. 16, 2022
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    Staffed Up: 7 tips to keep in mind when forming a registered teacher apprenticeship

    As this model gains steam for addressing teacher shortages, experts suggest strategies for successful development.

    By Nov. 16, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    Star-Spangled Bans: How Trump’s call to preserve U.S. history energized a movement to erase it

    As classroom censorship laws spread, school cultures, climates, and even curricula are shifting at all levels of the education system.

    By , , Nov. 15, 2022
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    More teachers leave than enter the workforce in Virginia

    Statewide data analyzed by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission finds more teachers leaving the profession and fewer joining since COVID-19.

    By Nov. 14, 2022
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    OSERS stresses timely special ed services for highly mobile students

    Concerns have been raised about unmet needs for summer services and evaluations for children suspected of having a disability who move frequently.

    By Nov. 11, 2022
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    New Mexico voters overwhelmingly OK universal pre-K

    In creating a permanent revenue source for the program, the state is set to become the first in the nation to make pre-K for all a constitutional right.

    By Nov. 11, 2022
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    Early returns: How is education faring in the 2022 midterms?

    Ballot measures on school meals and support for the arts came out on top in two states, as some key state and national races remain tight.

    By , Nov. 9, 2022
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    Utah district to be sued by family of bullied 5th grader who died by suicide

    A notice of claim, which is filed prior to a lawsuit, alleges the Davis School District and Foxboro Elementary School in Utah violated state and federal laws. 

    By Nov. 9, 2022
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    Is the ESSER spending narrative taking the public down the wrong path?

    Administrators and finance officials worry that focus on currently unspent money could hinder long-term efforts to improve student outcomes.

    By Nov. 8, 2022
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    Report: 26 states let districts charge tuition to out-of-boundary students

    A Reason Foundation report advocates for open enrollment policies that let students easily transfer to other public in-district and out-of-district schools.

    By Nov. 7, 2022
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    These 6 strategies can help schools tackle chronic absenteeism

    Working with private transportation, providing morning routines and creating dedicated teams are among strategies helping states and districts close gaps.

    By Elena Ferrarin • Nov. 4, 2022
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    Opinion

    Educator shortages are a real crisis — especially in special education

    Administrators are straining under the pressure of finding qualified personnel to meet federal requirements on specialized instruction and related services.

    By Myrna Mandlawitz • Nov. 4, 2022
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    Daylight saving time ends this weekend. What does it mean for schools?

    Proponents of a switch to year-round standard time say more daylight when students are coming to school in the mornings would increase safety.  

    By Nov. 4, 2022
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    Will COVID-19 vaccine be required for school attendance?

    Following a CDC panel recommendation, the decision to add the vaccine as a required immunization is in the hands of state and local policymakers.

    By Nov. 3, 2022
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    Half of 18 Southern gubernatorial candidates support classroom censorship policies

    Oklahoma’s Joy Hofmeister is the lone Democratic gubernatorial candidate in the South to support such measures.

    By Nov. 3, 2022
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    These 3 strategies could help avert school-based violence

    Implicit bias training for threat assessment teams is one of several tools suggested by experts at the National School Safety Summit. 

    By Nov. 2, 2022