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Weekly News Round-Up for September 14th
posted by: Melissa | September 14, 2018, 03:29 PM   

Each week, NWPE 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, strikes continue, paddling, a plea to teachers, and more!


Washington State Strikes Drag in to Third Week: The widespread teacher strikes in Washington State have been ongoing for weeks. While in some cases, there is no sign of an end, other districts are slowly finding resolution. The largest striking district, Tacoma, is among those who have agreed to return to school. In their desperation to get students back in schools, some school boards have turned to the court system, which has largely ruled on their side. However, union members in the state are ready to defy court orders and stay on strike.


Georgia School Brings Back Corporal Punishment: Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics announced that beginning with this school year, they will be bringing back paddling. The program is opt-in and parents need to return a consent form to have their child participate. The option will only be used for serious, repetitive offenses. Students who do not opt-in may be suspended as an alternative punishment. The school reports that one-third of the consent forms have been returned.


Utah Governor Pleas with Former Educators: Utah Governor Herbert and the state’s Superintendent for Schools sent out a public plea to former educators: come back. In a collaboration with Envision Utah, the state has created the website returntoteaching.org that will engage former educators who may want to return to the classroom. According to the superintendent of schools there are 30,000 educators in the state that are credentialed but are not teaching. About half of Utah educators quit the profession in the first five years and getting them to return to the classroom may be a way to combat the state’s current teacher shortage.


Happening Elsewhere:

Hurricane Florence school closings list: South Carolina, North Carolina, other states prepare for storm

Jeff Bezos is going to create schools where ‘the child is the customer’

Texas education board workgroup changes course on "heroic" Alamo defenders

Some Texas districts that arm teachers say no to federal funds

Row over yoga pants ban continues in Wisconsin school

School Board to Fight Lawsuit Alleging Religion Promotion

Vigil planned for Michigan high school senior stabbed to death in classroom

Students had 'build the wall,' 'we love white' signs during football game, principal says

Lawsuit over Louisiana school's hair policy is dismissed

3 students shot moments after leaving class outside Chicago high school

LeBron's I Promise School gets a big check from the 'Ellen' show

State Takes Over Pine Bluff School District

Students steer school bus to safety after driver has heart attack behind the wheel

In a reversal, Burlington principal allows students to publish story


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