Community Schools Advocates Push for 'Whole Child' Focus in ESEA Update

The Coalition for Community Schools drew from recent Office of Civil Rights data to show how school climate and civil rights issues have suffered under the current law.


Emphasis on 'Grit' Is Unfair to Some Students, Critics Say

Educators at a progressive ed-tech conference sought to provide nuance to the charge that the way schools have embraced "grit" has been harmful to children of color and students from circumstances of poverty.


The Absolute Best School Climate Blogging (This Week): 'We Matter' Edition

The work of encouraging positive relationships in a school can be exhausting, especially with all of the other responsiblities educators balance. But successful students may be the fruit of those efforts.


Vaccine Exemptions Back in Spotlight After Measles Outbreak

A rash of measles cases linked to Disneyland have caused many to take another look at exemptions from mandatory vaccination policies.


D.C. Schools Announce Efforts to Improve Outcomes for Black and Latino Boys

Through the initiative, the school system will spend $20 million over the next three years through mentoring programs, targeted grants, and opening a new all-male college preparatory high school in a high-need area.


New Milestone: Majority of Public School Students Now Considered Low-Income

It's a continuation of a trend that's been building for years and a "defining moment" for the U.S. education system, which must find ways to confront the barriers poverty creates for academic achievement in order to thrive, an analysis says.


Missouri Bill Would Ban Spanking in Public Schools

The state currently allows spankings, and requires each district to set its own policy governing the way they're used in schools. A similar bill, which would also have applied to private schools, failed last year.


Nutrition Standards Not Cause of Drop in School Lunch Participation, Analysis Says

Are fewer students eating school lunches because of new nutrition standards? An analysis by the Food Research and Action Center says no.


Principal's Plan: Have Students Hurl Canned Goods at School Intruders

An Alabama school principal plans to have students throw canned goods at intruders. Where did this idea come from?


Coalition Aims to Help Educators Address Student Grief in Schools

The Coalition to Support Grieving Students launched a website Tuesday that includes free materials to help educators address student bereavement, which can be a barrier to academic engagement.


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