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Weekly News Round-Up for April 5th
posted by: Melissa | April 05, 2019, 07:49 PM   

Each week, AAE 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 lunch lawsuit, a pay raises, an unvaccinated student, and more!

States Sue Over Federal Lunch Standards: On Wednesday, a group of Democratic attorneys general announced that they were suing the Trump administration over changes made to federal school nutrition standards. The group says the administration’s roll back of Obama-era guidelines illegally weakens the standards and will disproportionately affect students from low-income families along with students of color.

Texas Advances Bill for Teacher Pay Raises, Guns in Schools: The Texas State House approved an education bill that would dramatically increase funding for schools, among other things. At least part of that funding will be required to go to an across the board pay raise for teachers. Meanwhile, an education bill in the Texas Senate seeks to allow school marshals to carry concealed firearms on campus. A previous version of the bill would have required that weapons be kept in a locked box, but this provision was removed from the current bill.

Kentucky Judge Rules against Unvaccinated Student: A judge this week ruled that the state of Kentucky did not violate a student’s freedom of religion when it barred the student from participating in basketball. During a chickenpox outbreak, the state’s health department barred unvaccinated students from attending school and extracurricular activities until the outbreak passed. The student argued that getting vaccinated violated his religious beliefs, however the court found that the state had acted within current law and had not targeted the student due to his religion.

Happening Elsewhere:

Lego Education's newest Spike Prime programmable robots aim for the classroom

Bill introduced that would provide $400 to NC teachers for classroom supplies

Lee: Voucher plan to be provided only to ‘legal residents’

'What else is there to do?' Facebook group of Mississippi teachers calling for walkout

IL Supreme Court OKs law that allowed union lobbyist to collect teacher pension after one day in classroom

Middle school teacher fired after topless selfie leaked to students

Indiana elementary school pilots program that packages unused food into take-home meals

South Carolina Family Seeks Answers After Fifth Grader Dies Following School Fight

Student wounded in 'premeditated' Arkansas middle school shooting

High School robotics team builds electric wheelchair for 2-year-old whose family couldn't afford one

Every Incident of Mishandled Guns in Schools

The Latest: Harris would pay teachers more, defend unions

Arizona lawmakers revive teacher penalty proposal

Indiana active-shooter training can't involve firing projectiles at teachers, lawmakers say

Texas hits 5-year high in number of teachers faulted for leaving mid-year

After years of neglect, Mississippi takes baby steps to boost school readiness

Puerto Rico education, public safety secretaries resign

OK House fails to meet April 1 deadline to fund education

The Latest: Attorney says Kansas school aid plan inadequate

Bill to arm Tennessee teachers advances over objections of law enforcement, educators

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