Shane Vander Hart: This year, Louisiana elementary schools are now required to teach cursive. Louisiana joins 15 other states that require the same and their students will be better off.
The White House announced that President Donald Trump’s school security plan also includes a review of FERPA to “determine if any changes or clarifications are needed to improve coordination between mental health and other healthcare professionals, school officials, and law enforcement personnel.”
John Walker: California education policy is an unmitigated disaster, and when it’s over the blame will rest in the hands of the SBE led by Michael Kirst and the State Superintendent of Education Tom Torlakson. If the legislature cannot find the courage to act, they are just as much to blame.
Erin Tuttle: Considering the evidence showing the discipline policies pushed by the U.S. Department of Education’s federal guidance makes schools less safe and even dangerous, why would Indiana legislators even consider adopting HB 1421?
Shane Vander Hart: Education Week published an article this week about how Google has taken over the classroom over the last five years. This raises student data privacy concerns.
Jane Robbins and Erin Tuttle: Federal interference in state and local policy is harmful and unacceptable in all circumstances, usually for reasons of polity and liberty. But in the case of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, it appears it contributed to something even worse.
It seems as though this particular trend of rural schools starting online virtual academies was started because of the need for school funding, not because it is best for students.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos cited the flexibility of the Every School Succeeds Act (ESSA) speaking at a Council of Chief State School Officers’ gathering, while at the same time, complained about the state plans she has approved just met the “bare minimum.”
EdWeek Market Brief reported last week that Pearson was selling off their K-12 curriculum business in the U.S., but plans to keep their assessment business which grew last year.
Could an exposure to lead in Flint, MI’s drinking water cause a drop in test scores? Some are claiming that, and if any city could point to that as a possible cause it would be Flint. The data does not appear to back that up, however.