Policy & Legal: Page 4


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    What do schools need to know about USDA’s Summer EBT program?

    The federal child nutrition assistance program rolls out this summer, and over 30 states have indicated interest in participating.

    By Jan. 4, 2024
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    Iowa’s sweeping ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law hits roadblock ahead of implementation

    A district court blocked portions of the controversial law that would require removal of some library books and restrict curriculum.

    By Jan. 3, 2024
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    Trendline

    Top 5 stories from K-12 Dive

    K-12 Dive has gathered some a selection of our best coverage from 2023 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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    States, districts clarify special education rules for informal removals

    Education Department guidance in 2022 highlighted how shortened days are subject to IDEA’s requirements to the same extent as disciplinary removals.

    By Jan. 3, 2024
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    Column // LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP

    5 insights from top school administrators in 2023

    We’ve highlighted some key insights on community voice, union negotiations and crisis management more from this year’s conversations.

    By Jan. 2, 2024
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    Experts advise false alarm planning as swatting, hoaxes trend in 2023

    Coordinating with local and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, could help school systems minimize disruptions.

    By Dec. 22, 2023
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    POP QUIZ

    Test yourself on this year’s K-12 news

    From national test score trends to litigation over student mental health concerns, what did you learn from our 2023 stories?

    By Dec. 22, 2023
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    DOL rule would promote apprenticeships, tighten program labor standards

    Apprenticeships have received much attention of late as a way to funnel badly needed talent into key industries.

    By Kathryn Moody • Dec. 22, 2023
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    STAFFED UP

    4 key school staffing solution themes that emerged in 2023

    From a looming fiscal cliff to creative recruitment and retention strategies, here’s what stood out in the past year of our Staffed Up coverage.

    By Dec. 22, 2023
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    FTC proposes tighter limits on using children’s data

    The Federal Trade Commission’s suggested COPPA Rule changes include limits to targeted advertising and push notifications.

    By Dec. 21, 2023
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    Florida teachers sue over pronoun usage after termination, restrictions

    The lawsuit is notable for being filed by teachers over their own pronoun usage, compared to others filed by students or families.

    By Dec. 21, 2023
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    House Republicans urge Cardona to implement Trump executive order on antisemitism

    The Education Department plans to propose amended regulations next year in response to the 2019 executive action.

    By Natalie Schwartz • Dec. 21, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    Another record high: Counting school shootings in 2023

    Varying — and in some cases lacking — definitions and data make the issue hard to track, as experts continue to pursue solutions for both prevention and recovery.

    By , Dec. 20, 2023
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    Teacher attrition holds fairly steady, NCES data shows

    Some 8% of teachers left the profession in 2021-22, with retirement the most commonly cited reason, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

    By Dec. 20, 2023
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    2nd Circuit revival of transgender sports case raises question of athletic record revisions

    The prominent Connecticut Title IX case will return to district court, where plaintiffs can also appeal for monetary damages.

    By Dec. 19, 2023
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    Bill to expand school milk options sours in Senate

    After bipartisan approval in the House, the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act was blocked in the Senate following a request for unanimous consent.

    By Dec. 19, 2023
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    Biden administration urges 9 states to curb high child Medicaid, CHIP disenrollments

    Nine states account for about 60% of the decline in children’s Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program enrollment from March through September, according to data from the CMS.

    By Emily Olsen • Dec. 19, 2023
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    First-year college applicants have risen 8%, suggests early Common App data

    The portal found prospective students from low-income and underrepresented backgrounds have applied to college at rates outpacing their peers.

    By Laura Spitalniak • Dec. 18, 2023
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    How can schools reduce social media risks for teens?

    Recommendations from the National Academies include emphasis on digital media literacy and teacher training.

    By Dec. 15, 2023
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    Proposed rule for school-based Medicaid billing draws support, opposition

    School administrative groups say a change would ease paperwork burdens and provide much-needed funding for health services.

    By Dec. 15, 2023
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    House passes bipartisan push to expand school milk options

    Policymakers say the bill will provide students with essential nutrients, while studies suggest limiting dairy options has benefits for low-income children.

    By Dec. 14, 2023
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    Advanced math course access is lacking for high-achieving underserved students

    Black, Latino and low-income students were least likely among high-achievers to enroll in AP/IB calculus, an EdTrust and Just Equations study found.

    By Dec. 13, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    Duties Deferred: The price students pay when schools pass the buck on Title IX

    Case records document a pattern of schools deferring to law enforcement and other outside agencies — and failing to protect students in sexual assault and harassment cases in the process.

    By , Dec. 13, 2023
  • GAO: Bureau of Indian Education faces reporting delays for student support program

    The bureau is still using a student count of 271,884 from 1995 — less than half a July 2023 estimate of 578,070 — to set funding allocations for the program.

    By Dec. 12, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    Why more colleges are adopting direct admissions

    The practice — which notifies students that they’re admitted before they even apply — is taking off at public systems and some private institutions.

    By Lilah Burke • Dec. 12, 2023
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    579 colleges consider legacy status, new Education Department data finds

    The agency recently started asking about the contentious practice of giving admissions preference to alumni’s relatives.

    By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • Dec. 12, 2023