EduClips: LAUSD Teachers to Cast Ballots This Week in Strike-Authorization Vote; Hurricane Lane Forces School Closures in Hawaii — and More Must-Reads From America’s 15 Biggest School Districts
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Please note that EduClips will be on a short break for the Labor Day holiday. Regular postings will resume on Tuesday morning, September 4.
#EDlection2018 — Curious to know if Democrats will take control of one chamber of Congress in the upcoming elections? Well, don’t expect much talk about education.
Recently, the nonpartisan Cook Political Report collaborated with CMAG Kantar Media to analyze how often various issues like education, healthcare, immigration, taxes, and President Donald Trump were mentioned in House and Senate campaign advertisements from the beginning of 2018 until July.
Out of the 11 issues and people studied by Cook and CMAG Kantar, education appeared in the second fewest number of ads, with a total of 31,582 in 2018. Interestingly, only House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi received fewer mentions in campaign ads. In stark contrast, healthcare was mentioned over five times more often than education. (Read more at Politics K-12)
‘SOFT SKILLS’ — Surveys Reveal that Parents and Educators Agree Schools Should Teach and Assess ‘Soft Skills’ (Read more at Education Week)
CHILD TRAUMA — Boston Teachers College Sends Students to Northern Ireland to Learn About a Child Trauma Program That Could Benefit U.S. Children (Read more at The74Million.org)
CHARTERS — Presentation Leak Provides Detailed Plans of New Group’s Ambition to Expand Charter (and Charter-like) Schools in 40 Cities over the Next Decade (Read more at Chalkbeat)
District and State News
CALIFORNIA — LAUSD Teachers to Vote on Strike Authorization This Week (Read more at NBC Los Angeles)
HAWAII — Schools in Hawaii Close Due to Hurricane Lane (Read more at KHON2)
ILLINOIS — CPS Implements Background Checks for All Volunteers After Sex Abuse Scandal (Read more at CBS Chicago)
NEVADA — Teachers’ Union Suggests Allowing Local Districts to Raise Education Funds (Read more at Nevada Public Radio)
FLORIDA — Teachers Leaving Classrooms Due to Low Salary (Read more at NBC Miami)
CALIFORNIA — California School’s Dress Code Empowers Students to Dress as They Please (Read more at USA Today)
ILLINOIS — New Chicago Public Schools Policies May Restrict Communication Between Students and Teachers (Read more at the Chicago Tribune)
NEW YORK — Criticism Arises Over the Lack of Diversity in Hunter High School (Read more at The New York Times)
FLORIDA — Miami-Dade Superintendent Calls for Shift in Focus from Security to Teaching (Read more at Newsweek)
TEXAS — Texas Education Agency Refuses to Directly Monitor Alternative Special Education Schools (Read more at Houston Public Media)
NEW YORK — Elite New York City Prep School Provides Safe Space for Zionists (Read more at HuffPost)
TEXAS — More School Districts in North Texas Seek Funds Through TRE (Read more at NBC DFW)
KINDERGARTEN — Deciding Whether to Delay Enrollment Creates Concerns for Parents (Read more at U.S. News and World Report)
COMMON CORE — Study Indicates that States Deviating from Common Core Adopted Weaker Academic Standards (Read more at The74Million.org)
MINORITIES — Study Reveals that Minorities are Often Incorrectly Labeled as Learning Disabled Due to Social Inequalities (Read more at U.S. News and World Report)
SCHOOL CHOICE — Public Opinion Shifts in Favor of School Choice (Read more at The Atlantic)
GATES — Bill Gates Uses Blog to Highlight Teacher Voice and Programs Benefiting Immigrant and Refugee Children in the Era of Trump (Read more at The74Million.org)
Quote of the Day
"It was extremely re-traumatizing to me; and perhaps worse than the actual event was how poorly I was treated by CPS investigators, and how evident the lack of a system, structure, or anything was." — Morgan Aranda, former student of Chicago Public Schools and survivor of sexual abuse. (Read more at CBS Chicago)
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