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    Tennessee lawmakers approve concealed handguns for teachers

    The state’s first move to arm non-law enforcement school staff comes a little over a year after six students and staff members were killed at The Covenant School.

    By , April 24, 2024
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    Just 18% of teachers report using AI in the classroom

    Instructional use of the tech in learning remains fairly uncommon, with only an additional 15% of teachers saying they’ve tried to do so, a new study finds.

    By April 24, 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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    Percentage of students with autism on the rise

    About 13% of students with disabilities participating in special education services in 2022-23 had autism. That’s an increase from 5% in 2008-09.

    By April 24, 2024
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    USDA issues final rule on updated school meal nutrition standards

    Under the new standards, schools will be required to limit added sugars and reduce sodium in breakfast and lunch menus by fall 2027.

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    DOL will raise overtime salary threshold to $44K in July, $59K next year

    The final rule expands overtime pay eligibility to millions of U.S. workers, the department said.

    By Ryan Golden • April 23, 2024
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    Universal school meal policies may help reduce childhood obesity

    A recent University of Washington study adds to a growing body of research that finds benefits for serving free meals to all students.

    By April 23, 2024
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    Scott requests hearing on segregation prior to Brown v. Board 70th anniversary

    The congressman says resistance to the landmark Supreme Court ruling has “slowed the efforts to eradicate decades of legal segregation.”

    By April 23, 2024
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    Preschool enrollment, state spending hit record highs

    Preschool participation grew 7% in 2022-23 year over year, with percentages of enrolled 3-and 4-year-olds at all-time highs.

    By April 22, 2024
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    POP QUIZ

    Test yourself on this week’s K-12 news

    From school leaders’ views on academic recovery to students’ use of AI in their writing, what did you learn from our recent stories?

    By April 19, 2024
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    Final Title IX rule enshrines protections for LGBTQI+ students

    The Education Department's long-awaited regulations also provide protections for pregnant students and employees.

    By Updated April 19, 2024
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    Number of book bans rose sharply in fall 2023

    PEN America says there were 4,349 bans in fall 2023, compared to 1,841 in spring 2023.

    By April 18, 2024
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    House members, witnesses agree time is ripe to pass federal data privacy laws

    Proposals to improve children’s online data privacy were a big focus during a House subcommittee hearing on Wednesday.

    By April 18, 2024
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    ACT partners with private equity firm, will transition to for-profit

    The corporate structure change won't affect the price of the ACT test or students' experiences with it, the organization said.

    By April 17, 2024
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    EEOC finalizes pregnancy accommodation rule

    The much anticipated regulation includes abortion under the list of related medical conditions covered by the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

    By Ryan Golden • April 17, 2024
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    What data from 4 states says about teacher shortages

    Recent figures illustrate how K-12 leaders are working from state to state to address a challenge with no one-size-fits-all solution.

    By April 17, 2024
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    Top officials again push back on ransomware payment ban

    Among public and private K-12 institutions worldwide, 47% hit by a ransomware attack have ended up paying to recover stolen data.

    By Matt Kapko • April 16, 2024
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    FAFSA submissions from high school seniors are down 27.1%

    Concerns about possible enrollment declines are growing amid the fraught rollout of the new federal student aid form.

    By Natalie Schwartz • April 16, 2024
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    Florida law on transgender employees’ pronoun use hits roadblock

    Under the law, teachers may lose their teaching licenses in addition to their jobs if they use pronouns different from those assigned at birth.

    By April 15, 2024
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    BY THE NUMBERS

    How much are students using AI in their writing?

    In the year since Turnitin launched its AI writing detection tool, the company found students have consistently used the tech in classwork.

    By April 15, 2024
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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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    POP QUIZ

    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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    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 states have academic standards for the subject.

    By April 10, 2024