Weekly News Round-Up for July 13th
posted by: Melissa | July 13, 2018, 05:17 PM   

Each week, ASTA brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, new school safety recommendations, an NAACP statement, more Janus fallout, and more!


Secret Service Unveils School Safety Recommendations: The U.S. Secret Service has waded into the debate over school safety by releasing a set of recommendations that schools can implement to increase safety. Recommendations include identifying students who display threatening behavior and warning signs of violence and intervening with those students. Schools should also create avenues for students to anonymously report threats.


NAACP May Be Softening on Charter Schools: NAACP President Derrick Johnson recently spoke out about his organization’s approach to charter schools. In 2016, his organization passed a resolution that called for a moratorium on charter school expansion, seeming to signal opposition to school choice. In his most recent statement, Johnson said the NAACP doesn’t oppose charters, but does find some schools practices troubling. Charter schools have received broad support from the African American community in the past. They also have been embraced by figures on both sides of the aisle.


Janus Decision Continues to Raise Questions on Unions Future: It’s been several weeks since the Supreme Court announced their ruling on Janus, and teachers are continuing to grapple with what it means for the future. Teachers across the country are now faced with the choice to leave or stay. Conservative groups immediately mobilized to make sure that teachers knew about their choices. In many places, it’s still unsure how many are choosing the opt-out option, although there is anecdotal evidence that some teachers seem to be doubling down on their support for their local unions. Meanwhile, smaller battles are beginning to be waged over laws designed to protect and shield unions from the effects of the Janus decision.


Happening Elsewhere:

MA House unanimously approves $500M education funding bill

A dig through Kavanaugh’s record on education finds plenty of material

The Teacher-Powered Schools Movement: Transforming Teachers From Industrial Workers To Professionals

52 Wisconsin Schools, Districts Awarded $3.5 Million in Safety Grants

Ohio auditor recommends school districts adopt crowdfunding policies

Minnesota school districts pay up to leave tech collaborative

Gov. Wolf refutes Wagner's claim that he seeks cuts from small districts

Charter schools ballot proposal challenged in court

Tackling safety at schools, VA House Select Committee meets for second time

The teacher supply is plummeting. Pa. will spend $2M to stem the tide

New laws are in effect for teachers who misbehave and officials are giving fair warning

New Mexico students score higher on reading, math tests

19 Students Hospitalized After a School Bus Crashed in Colorado


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