Study: New Hampshire Lacks Pandemic Planning Laws for Schools

AS SCHOOLS CLOSE AND turn toward virtual learning amid the exponential spread of the coronavirus, nearly every U.S. state has laws that allow for schools to plan how to respond to pandemics. Just one state doesn’t, according to a March report from Child Trends: New Hampshire. The education research organization’s report, which was developed by studying state health and education codes in LexisNexis and Westlaw, found that the laws in most states allow for flexibility when it Read More

Secretary DeVos Releases New Resources for Educators, Local Leaders on K-12 Flexibilities, Student Privacy, and Educating Students with Disabilities During Coronavirus Outbreak

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued new resources today that will assist education leaders in protecting student privacy and ensuring students with disabilities continue to receive services required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in the event of school closures due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Education Department also released importantinformation for K-12 educators on flexibilities the Department could grant when it comes to the accountability standards required by law under the Elementary and Secondary Read More

American Federation of Teachers Closes In on Presidential Endorsement

THE AMERICAN FEDERATION of Teachers is closing in on a final 2020 presidential endorsement, telling its 1.8 million union members that they should support or endorse one of three candidates: former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont or Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. “While several candidates in this race share our values, three in particular – Vice President Biden, Sen. Sanders and Sen. Warren have significant support within our membership,” AFT president Randi Weingarten told union members Thursday Read More

How scaffolding lessons can strengthen critical thinking development

Assigning students real-world projects can help them build critical thinking skills, and incorporating scaffolding can help guide them further while also deepening these skill sets, seeing them in a context of how they might potentially be used when faced with solving real-world problems at work or in the classroom. Scaffolding is used at the university level, for example, to help students strengthen the skills they’ll need when they move on into the workplace, noted Lynn Read More

Paraeducator Raises Funds for Students Affected by Puerto Rico Earthquakes

Students in Puerto Rico were supposed to return to school in early January after winter break, but after hundreds of earthquakes and aftershocks rocked the island, dozens of schools, buildings, homes and businesses were reduced to piles of cement blocks and rubble. The series of tremors, which started December 28 and reached a fever pitch with a massive 6.4 quake January 7th, has left more than 8,000 Puerto Ricans displaced from their homes. Sleeping in Read More

Supreme Court Case May Open Door to Vouchers Nationwide

Betsy DeVos’ unwavering support of private school vouchers long precedes her tenure as U.S. Education Secretary.  Despite being supported by the resources and influence of the federal government, however, DeVos’ efforts to expand vouchers legislatively have been stymied by lack of support in Congress (even when the GOP held majorities in both houses) and stubborn public opposition. American voters have rejected programs that transfer scarce taxpayer dollars away from public schools to pay for private school tuition. For champions Read More