Weekly News Round-Up for May 10th
posted by: Melissa | May 10, 2019, 06:55 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 mourn for yet another student lost to school violence.

8th School Shooting of the Year: A shooting at a STEM charter school in Colorado has left one student dead and eight injured. Kendrick Ray Castillo was fatally injured when he and other students defended themselves against two intruders with guns. The school was able to alert police officers who arrived on the scene quickly and took the two shooters into custody. Occurring close to the 20th anniversary of the Columbine shooting and a week after a shooting on a North Carolina university campus, the incident once again highlights the issue of school violence. In response, Colorado school districts offered resources to help parents and students tackle school violence.

Oregon Teacher Protests: Teachers in Oregon took to the streets on Wednesday, protesting for greater school funding. The impetus for the protests was a proposed $2 billion tax package which is intended to help increase school funds, but has been at the center of partisan maneuvering in recent weeks. Republicans feel as if their voices have not been represented in the debate and refused to participate in votes as a result. Oregon teachers are not asking for pay raises like protestors in other states have been. Protesting teachers want the bill to go through, so that they can decrease class sizes, pay for needed support staff, replace equipment, and fund other general school improvements.

Rhode Island Lunch Policy Faces Backlash: A school district in Rhode Island faced criticism this week after announcing a new policy regarding unpaid lunch bills. The policy would have given sunflower butter and jelly sandwiches to students who had outstanding balances until arrangements for payment were made. Many felt that the policy was an example of lunch shaming and the district quickly revised it. Vox points out that the controversy was a result of the many pressures faced by schools and families. Many students both can’t afford to pay for lunch and don’t qualify for free lunches. Meanwhile, schools both want to provide these students some sort of nourishment but are also struggling to make ends meet themselves. In the case of this district, a combination of a donation from Chobani and GoFundMe donations were able to cover the costs of overdue lunch bills.

Happening Elsewhere:

A California teacher with breast cancer needs more sick days. She has to pay for a substitute.

Education Secretary: Teachers Should Protest on 'Adult Time'

Bill to Arm Classroom Teachers Signed by Florida Governor

California set to change sex education guidance for public school teachers

Nashville Teachers Are Calling Out Sick to Protest Unfair Pay

RI GOP, Teachers' Union Clash Over Whether Lawson's Vote On Contracts Bill Was A Conflict

West Virginia Department of Education Released Report On Educational Roundtables

West Virginia Department of Education Released Report On Educational Roundtables

Louisiana education board stands firm on school finance plan

MA Senate budget proposes more funds for education than House, governor

Arizona Students Protest Border Patrol Detention of Classmate

Climate education for kids increases climate concerns for parents

Google Doodle honors 'classroom heroes' for Teacher Appreciation Week

Here's What 5 Teachers in Different States Are Fighting for a Year After Walkouts and Protests

New law gives NY teachers expanded power in their evaluations

Some Colorado schools see less than half of students graduate, but state says that’s reality of working with challenging population

Feds will visit six Texas school districts this week to monitor special education

WV Lawmakers will discuss charter schools, education savings accounts during special session

Ethics complaint filed over EP senator's gig at teachers union

Federal judge: Kentucky school districts must give up teacher sickout names

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