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pic.twitter.com/a6HsxUHdRK — cynthia (@lanecindy1234) February 16, 2018   Two years ago, educator Halley Wheeless’s young daughter came home and began playing a strange game with a neighbor. They called it “lockdown.” That prompted her to write a version of the following post, which she did not publish at the time but has now updated in […]
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A 2016 report by the U.S. General Accountability Office — undertaken in part as a result of the 2012 shooting deaths of 26 students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. — found that 40 states reported requiring schools to conduct emergency exercises to prepare for such a disaster. While there are conflicting views about […]
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Grief counselors are always made available to help students when there is a traumatic event at a school, such as this week, when a gunman entered a Florida high school and fired a military-style assault weapon, killing 17 people. While health experts say counseling after a tragedy is vital, too many schools don’t have anywhere […]
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The National Association of School Psychologists is holding its annual meeting in Chicago this week, an event given new urgency by shootings at a Florida school on Wednesday that left at least 17 people dead. On Thursday, it released guidance on how the media should cover the shootings, warning of the “dangers of intrusive or […]
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  DeKalb County, Ga.: A teacher stands accused of enacting abuse and directing anti-Semitic remarks toward Jewish students. The abuse includes deliberately tripping a girl and holding a small boy down to yell in his face with a megaphone. Ventura County, Calif: A Muslim boy felt bullied out of his class by his own teacher, who […]
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President Trump just released his big plan to overhaul the country’s crumbling infrastructure, allocating $200 billion in federal funds that he hopes will stimulate more than $1.5 trillion in new public and private investment. (For the purposes of this post, we will ignore the Democratic finding that his 2019 proposed budget also calls for more than […]
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The Trump administration’s 2019 budget proposal for the U.S. Education Department was just released, and it shows the continuing support that President Trump and Secretary Betsy DeVos have for expanding school choice, or alternatives to traditional public education. For the second year in a row, the administration has proposed slashing the department’s budget while spending […]
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There are some people who insist on rejecting the reality that No Child Left Behind was in many ways destructive to America’s public schools, but the evidence is pretty clear that the federal K-12 education law from 2002 to 2015 led to harmful practices, including an obsession with standardized tests that narrowed curriculum in schools […]
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  Rather famously, members of the U.S. Congress did not involve any classroom teachers in their deliberations of the monumental No Child Left Behind legislation — which was the federal law governing K-12 education — when they passed it in 2001. That, however, was not a singular moment in the annals of education legislation. State […]
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  It’s become common to bash America’s public schools whenever the economy is in trouble, the suggestion being that there is a strong connection between the two. So what about now? High school graduation rates are said to be at an all-time high (though there are some serious questions about the numbers in some districts), […]
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