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    Ed tech use continues to climb ahead of ESSER fiscal cliff

    School districts used an average of 2,739 different tools in 2023-24 — an 8% jump from the previous year, according to Instructure’s LearnPlatform.

    By July 2, 2024
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    How did Supreme Court’s race-conscious admissions decision impact college applications?

    The portion of Asian and Black students referencing at least one race or ethnicity-related phrase in their Common Application essays fell in 2023-24.

    By July 1, 2024
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    Early Childhood Education

    Enrollment and spending on state-funded preschool programs was up in the 2022-23 school year, but the early childhood education sector still faces challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    By K-12 Dive staff
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    ESSER funds helped learning recovery but gaps remain, studies say

    Research from CALDER estimates that schools need an extra $9,000 to $13,000 per student after 2023 for a full academic recovery from the pandemic.

    By July 1, 2024
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    State employees in Texas not subject to overtime rule, judge holds

    The ruling — which relies on the Supreme Court’s same-day decision that overturned the Chevron doctrine — is likely to foreshadow similar pending challenges, attorneys noted.

    By Emilie Shumway • July 1, 2024
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    SCOTUS overturns Chevron doctrine, limiting federal agency reach

    Federal courts will no longer have to defer to agency regulations for interpretation of ambiguous statutes.

    By Ryan Golden , Ginger Christ • Updated June 28, 2024
  • Oklahoma schools required to teach Bible starting in 2024-25

    The directive comes the same week the state’s Supreme Court blocked the nation’s first religious public charter school.

    By June 28, 2024
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    Test yourself on this week’s K-12 news

    From a court’s decision on a religious public charter school to a GOP-led plan to slash federal education funding, what did you learn from our recent stories?

    By June 28, 2024
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    Education Department considers IDEA accountability updates as more states miss mark

    For 2025 and beyond, the department is considering three updates related to IDEA Part B determinations.

    By June 28, 2024
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    Republican FY 25 plan would cut education funding by $11B

    The GOP-led budget proposal would reduce Title I funding and prohibit spending on Title IX enforcement.

    By June 27, 2024
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    78% of school systems have dealt with false information this year

    Misinformation is spreading faster in K-12 communities as signs of trust in public schools have frayed since the pandemic, NSPRA found.

    By June 27, 2024
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    Summer Reading: School cybersecurity threats on the rise

    An increasingly digital education landscape has given rise to a slew of cyberthreats to schools — ransomware being chief among them.

    By June 26, 2024
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    Education Department to appeal Title IX injunction to 5th Circuit

    The department said it was reviewing the ruling prior to its appeal and that it “stands by” the final regulations, which conservative states have challenged.

    By Updated June 26, 2024
  • Oklahoma Supreme Court blocks nation’s 1st religious public charter school

    Justices said the school, which was scheduled to open for the 2024-25 school year, “would create a slippery slope and what the framers' warned against.”

    By Updated June 25, 2024
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    STAFFED UP

    How a district boosted recruitment, retention with affordable child care

    Louisa County Public Schools launched its Little Lions Learning Lab in 2019, charging educators and staff just $400 per child per month.

    By June 25, 2024
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    USDA’s updated nutrition standards will cost school districts $206M annually

    The largest driving factors are the gradual requirements on new limits for added sugars and sodium reductions in school meals — starting in 2025.

    By June 24, 2024
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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?

    By June 21, 2024
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    Senate education committee debates federal role in boosting teacher pay

    Lawmakers agreed in a Thursday hearing that improving teacher pay is a bipartisan matter, but were at odds on how to get there.

    By June 21, 2024
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    Teachers report lower pay, higher stress than other working adults

    Black and Hispanic teachers were more likely to say they intend to leave their jobs by the end of the 2023-24 school year, according to a Rand report.

    By June 20, 2024
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    Civil liberty groups vow to fight Louisiana’s Ten Commandments displays in schools

    H.B. 71 requires every public K-12 and postsecondary classroom to display in easily readable font the Ten Commandments by Jan. 1, 2025.

    By June 20, 2024
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    SIIA warns schools and ed tech to prepare for costly, time-consuming Title II compliance

    The Justice Department estimates conforming to the new requirements will cost $1.134 billion for K-12 courses and $5.5 billion for postsecondary courses.

    By June 20, 2024
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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.

    By June 18, 2024
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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.

    By June 18, 2024
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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.

    By June 18, 2024
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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.

    By June 17, 2024
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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.

    By June 14, 2024