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Weekly News Round-Up for August 3rd
posted by: Melissa | August 03, 2018, 06:28 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, a school district abolishes snow days, a new CTE law, and Kentucky’s largest school districts fights to stay independent.


In One School District, No More Snow Days: A school district in South Carolina made news this week when it abolished snow days. Instead of getting a free day during inclement weather, students will now be required to complete work at home. The work will be sent to students on their school-issued Chromebooks via Google Classroom. According to district officials, the Chromebooks do not need to be online in order to get the assignments, so students can still study, even if they lose power. Students will have five days to complete the assignments. The move is intended to help teachers maintain pacing and to save money by not having to add extra days to the school year calendar.


President Signs New CTE Law: The Trump administration has passed its first major education law. The bill, which has bipartisan support, funds state efforts to bolster Career and Technical Education by renewing the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. The programs funded by the act combine academic instruction with occupational skills training to prepare students for the workplace. The act provides for slightly increased funding along with prohibiting the Education Department from placing requirements on the programs.


Last Chance for Kentucky’s Largest District to Avoid a Takeover: On April 30th, it was announced that the Jefferson County School District would be taken over by the state of Kentucky. Now, the interim education commissioner has offered the district a way out. In the new offer the state would have ‘enhanced oversight,’ that would allow them to veto measures taken by the district. The district must respond to the offer by next week. In the meantime, the district is trying to conduct as much business as possible, including working out a new contract with its teachers.


Happening Elsewhere:

LeBron James Family Foundation's I Promise School opens in Akron

North Carolina school districts suing state officials for money they say they're owed

'It's time for me to move on': State Board of Education chairman resigns

Report: Idaho Teachers Make Less Than Peers on Strike in Other States

Oregon labor group to refund worker's union dues, a first since Supreme Court ruling

For Sale: Survey Data on Millions of High School Students

2018’s States with the Best & Worst School Systems

More Schools Are Buying ‘Active-Shooter’ Insurance Policies

ACLU files bias suits against 12 NJ school districts

Study: Washington State Charters Enroll Higher Percentages of Special Needs Students Than Traditional Schools

Police in 1 central Arkansas city put station at schools; increased officer presence a response to mass shootings

Michigan school districts may ban guns, state Supreme Court rules

Iowa education backers hope to extend sales tax for schools

State Delays Student Test Scores, Leaving Parents Less Time to Prepare

Oklahoma school districts schedule Election Day holiday

Negotiations Collapse On Education Funding Bill As Legislative Session Ends

Mass. Senate gives unions more power despite Janus decision in late-night vote

N.H. Schools to reopen without expanded Medicaid program

Gov. Phil Scott names Dan French as Secretary of Education

Delaware Dept. of Education will not move forward with Regulation 225

'In God We Trust' to be displayed at Tennessee public schools


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