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Weekly News Round-Up for April 26th
posted by: Melissa | April 26, 2019, 05:59 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, we have an English teacher shortage, arming teachers, May protests, and more!


Indiana Experiencing State-Wide Teacher Shortage: Indiana officials this week announced that the state was experiencing a shortage of educators in 14 areas. While many states have shortages in areas such as special education, Indiana’s shortage has extended to subjects that usually have a surplus of candidates such as Early Childhood Education and Language Arts. Lawmakers put at least partial blame for the shortage on low teacher pay that leads to high rates of teacher turnover. One study found that the salaries in the state have increased the least out of all the states. The state is already taking steps to rectify the situation by pushing an extra $763 million in K-12 funding.


Florida Moves Closer to Armed Teachers: On Tuesday, the Florida State Senate voted to lift a ban that prevented classroom teachers from being armed. The move means that teachers will be able to volunteer to carry weapons in schools. While a study found that this might have prevented some deaths in the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, many students and families from the school oppose the change as does the state’s teachers’ union. The bill is now being considered in the State House.


South Carolina Teachers Plan May 1st Protest: Teachers in South Carolina are planning to march on the State Capitol on May 1st. They will demand better teacher pay, an elimination of all other duties, smaller class sizes, less standardized testing, and a halt to educational savings accounts and for-profit charter schools. South Carolina teachers had previously protested on January 29th. In the wake of that protest, the legislature did vote for a pay increase, but it was far less than educators had been hoping for. Teachers in nearby North Carolina are also planning a protest for the same day.


Happening Elsewhere:

When school districts can’t raise funds for facilities

20 years after school attack, Columbine remembers 13 lost

Virginia detention center educator Rodney Robinson named National Teacher of the Year

GAO: States Vary Widely in K-12 Students Who Get Special Education Services

Senate panel advances voucher plan for final vote, limiting it to Nashville, Shelby County schools

Mississippi teacher strike: Poll shows educators support one-day sickout, not extended walk out

Bill to ban vaping at schools sails through Maine Senate

In teacher shortage, Alabama educators support bill for non-certified teachers

Arizona education officials work to remedy testing snafu that put millions in funding at risk

When Michigan school districts go into debt, kids and communities pay price

How Trump factors into California's charter school wars

What they're saying: Mississippi teacher pay raise shortfall

17 students from one Ohio high school earn a perfect score on ACT

Houston high school's new dress code takes aim at parents

Teachers at a D.C. charter school are trying to unionize, in a rare move

Louisiana school district to end school year early

School district ditches logo with Native American imagery

Policy vs. practice: Handcuffing of students under review in Denver school district

State yanks $10.9 million in federal money from Harrisburg School District over audit dispute

Teachers and students protest the D.C. education budget, calling it inequitable


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