Policy & Legal: Page 2


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    Deepfakes heighten the need for media literacy in the age of AI

    Fears of the tech being used to create fake nude images of students or to stir up public misinformation are already a reality. What can schools do now?

    By Feb. 14, 2024
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    CDC lifts COVID isolation guidance

    The loosened guidance comes as schools work to combat chronic absenteeism and increase academic performance.

    By Updated March 1, 2024
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    Top 5 stories from K-12 Dive

    K-12 Dive has gathered some a selection of our best coverage from 2024 so far as a one-stop resource on the trends to watch in the months ahead.

    By K-12 Dive staff
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    Florida bill would expand working hours for minors

    The legislation follows similar efforts in other states, but critics say it may incentivize students to leave the school system.

    By Emilie Shumway • Feb. 13, 2024
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    Education Department to ease FAFSA verification requirements this year

    The agency is temporarily rolling back administrative requirements in an effort to get financial aid offers out to high school seniors in a timely fashion.

    By Laura Spitalniak • Feb. 13, 2024
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    Half of states now restrict trans student athletes

    Ohio became the latest state to enact a law after the legislature overrode the governor’s veto of the measure.

    By Feb. 13, 2024
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    Foxx will not seek another term as House education committee chair

    The congresswoman has been a vocal critic of the Education Department, including its pandemic spending and Title IX regulatory efforts.

    By Feb. 12, 2024
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    Low-income schools aren’t vetting ed tech, analysis finds

    Higher rates of ads on school websites and lower access to devices paint a “disturbing picture” for these schools, says a tech safety organization.

    By Feb. 9, 2024
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    Why some education leaders are calling for an Israel-Hamas ceasefire

    Teachers unions and school districts don’t have much sway in the outcome of international conflicts, but they say this one has hit home.

    By Feb. 9, 2024
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    Tennessee proposal would require schools to craft own AI policies

    If the legislation is adopted, schools and colleges would need to develop artificial intelligence use policies for the 2024-25 school year by July 1.

    By Feb. 9, 2024
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    POP QUIZ

    Test yourself on this week’s K-12 news

    From a costly and illegal teachers strike to a controversial regulation’s advancement to the White House, what did you learn from our recent stories?

    By Feb. 9, 2024
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    How can schools tap tax reimbursements for clean energy projects?

    The Inflation Reduction Act’s “direct pay” provision allows tax-exempt entities like schools to receive federal tax-free cash payment for qualifying projects.

    By Feb. 8, 2024
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    Foxx demands Cardona resignation over antisemitism response

    The Republican lawmaker said failure to condemn a chant as antisemitic amounted to “cowardly evasion.”

    By Feb. 7, 2024
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    Mother of Oxford High School shooter found guilty in landmark decision

    The verdict may give schools more teeth when working with parents to prevent gun violence, said one school safety expert.

    By Feb. 7, 2024
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    Historic settlement in California dedicates $2B for learning recovery

    The agreement hinges on the verification of available funds, as well as legislation that supports targeted interventions.

    By Feb. 6, 2024
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    Title IX regulations advance to White House after significant delay

    The Education Department is closer to finalizing the controversial regulation, which it aimed to release in March after two previous delays.

    By Feb. 5, 2024
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    K-12 cybersecurity policies are gaining momentum. Is it enough?

    State proposals supporting education-related cybersecurity measures surged 250% between 2020 and 2023, but just a small portion focused solely on K-12.

    By Feb. 5, 2024
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    Agreement reached in costly Massachusetts teachers strike

    The Newton Teachers Association incurred $625,000 in court fines from an illegal 11-day strike, which the union agreed to pay Newton Public Schools.

    By Feb. 5, 2024
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    School support and improvement plan oversight falls short, says GAO

    Less than half of school support and improvement plans met federal requirements like including a needs assessments and identifying inequities.

    By Feb. 2, 2024
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    Summer learning is a top ESSER spending priority for academic recovery

    Factors driving COVID-19 relief spending include mental health needs, lagging test scores and the desire for financial stability, an ASBO survey finds.

    By Feb. 2, 2024
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    POP QUIZ

    Test yourself on this week’s K-12 news

    From new FBI data on hate crimes in schools to a likely Supreme Court case with direct K-12 implications, what did you learn from our recent stories?

    By Feb. 2, 2024
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    SCOTUS signals interest in K-12 admissions case

    Justices have met multiple times over a high-profile case on admissions policies at a top-ranked Virginia high school.

    By Feb. 1, 2024
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    House subcommittee seeks solutions for lagging academics, attendance

    While discussing fixes to pandemic-related setbacks in schools, lawmakers accused each other of impeding progress through political distractions.

    By Feb. 1, 2024
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    The K-12 outlook for 2024: Funds are waning, challenges aren’t

    We've gathered our trends to watch, leaders to follow and more in one place to help you stay ahead of the game.

    By K-12 Dive staff • Jan. 31, 2024
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    STAFFED UP

    Why staffing shortages in school nutrition persist — and what districts can do about them

    School nutrition directors share what works as they navigate staffing issues, especially as universal school meal policies gain traction. 

    By Jan. 31, 2024
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    Hate crimes more than double at schools, FBI reports

    Schools were the third most common known location for hate crimes in 2023, and a frequent location for hate crimes against Black, Jewish and LGBT individuals.

    By Jan. 30, 2024