Weekly News Round-Up for November 30th
posted by: Melissa | November 30, 2018, 07:15 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, Tennessee’s one-note teaching force, rising teacher misconduct, battles over armed guards, and more!

More Diverse Teachers Needed in Tennessee:  A recent study of Tennessee’s teacher workforce looked at the rate of teacher turnover. It found that there was a high turnover among teachers of color, mostly because these teachers are concentrated in high-poverty schools, where turnover is already an issue. It also found that only 13% of Tennessee’s teaching force was black while 37% of the state’s student body was black. Both statistics point to a need to recruit more diverse teachers.

Texas Battles Teacher Misconduct: For the 2017-2018 school year, teacher misconduct cases in Texas rose over 40%. The rise is partly due to a new law that expands who is required to report inappropriate relationships between teachers and students. The law also requires Texas districts to have policies when it comes to texting, emailing, and other electronic communications with students. Further legislation is being proposed for the 2019 school year that would create a do-not-hire registry. This registry would prevent school staff found guilty of misconduct from moving to a new school and continuing their career.

Florida Parents Sue over Armed Guards: A lawsuit was filed in Duval County, Florida this week by the League of Women Voters of Florida and parents with students in Duval County Schools over the district’s armed guard program. In the wake of the shooting in Parkland, the state passed a law that requires every school in the state to have a “Safe School Officer.” This officer could be a trained police officer or it could also be a school employee who was trained for that purpose. Duval County opted for the latter, and the lawsuit alleges that these officers should not be armed like they currently are. The law was widely interpreted to allow the arming of school employees and this lawsuit combats that interpretation. It also contends that the new law does not do enough to protect Florida’s students.

Happening Elsewhere:

Frustrated teacher tapes student to chair at Maryland elementary school

Students in Maryland district could skip school to protest under board proposal

Wisconsin school district 'not in a position to punish' students for Nazi pre-prom photo, letter states

Connecticut school district bars parents from lunchtime visits

Chickenpox outbreak hits N.C. private school with low vaccination rates

In most U.S. cities, neighborhoods have grown more integrated. Their schools haven’t.

Teacher pay: How each state ranks

The students suing for a constitutional right to education

Children who start school a year early more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, study shows

Former Missouri school chief seeking old job

Wyandotte teacher, Whitney Morgan, named Kansas Teacher of the Year

Pennsylvania attorney general's office, state police raid Scranton School District administration building

‘An honor to return’: Missouri’s new education commissioner got her old job back

Lawsuit pushing more school spending survives challenge

Idaho police, school districts addressed "low-level statewide bomb threat"

Teachers, others speak against Kentucky graduation rules

As New Jersey takes a close look at charter schools, here are three big questions in Newark

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