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Weekly News Round-Up for May 17th
posted by: Melissa | May 17, 2019, 05:18 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, the 65th anniversary of Brown v. BoE, presidential plans, adversity scores, and more!

It’s the 65th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision and The 74 Million is looking at some of the lesser known stories surrounding the case. ABC news is examining the surprising persistence of school segregation. Education Week asks why our teaching force isn’t diverse.

Presidential Candidates Talk Education: Over the past year public attention shifted to schools and teachers, causing presidential candidates to carefully consider their education plans. After a year’s worth of teacher protests, some democratic hopefuls are courting teachers’ unions. Elizabeth Warren held a town hall with members of the AFT where she vowed to pick a K-12 classroom teacher as education secretary. Warren is a former special education teacher who has been harshly critical of the Trump administration’s education policy. Another presidential contender, Julián Castro, released his education policy on Monday. Castro is calling for a national universal pre-K program and free public college. The plan also includes a tax credit to increase teacher pay by $10,000 at the national level. He calls for an end to Trump-era tax cuts and increased taxes on the wealthiest Americans to pay for his plan.

SATs Unveil New Adversity Scores: The College Board has announced a change to the way the SAT is scored in future years. The new formula adds an ‘adversity score’ in addition to the score that the student earned. It does not change the actual score the student earns by taking the test. This score is a single number between 1 and 100 with 50 as an average. The idea is to give admissions officers a sense of the neighborhood and background that the applicant is coming from, with the score calculating 15 different factors.

A Bevy of Education Bills Passed in Colorado: On Monday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed seven new education bills into law. The bills covered a wide range of issues including improving the educator loan forgiveness program, regulating the amount that students could be suspended before they reach second grade, and providing a tax credit for early childhood educators. Even as those bills were formalized into law, the legislature was scrambling on the issue of school safety. In the wake of the latest school shooting, lawmakers unanimously voted in an additional $10 million for school safety and mental health, though they did not dictate how that money was to be spent.

Happening Elsewhere:

Oregon Senate approves $2B education business tax; Dems drop gun, vaccine bills

West Virginia teacher unions urge governor to cancel special session

Nevada officials pledge marijuana taxes for K-12 education

Clark County Education Association members authorize possible strike next school year

Students of Southern California High School to Face 'Severe Consequences' After Racist Promposal

Teachers took grants to work in poorer schools. Thousands got hit with debt. Now, a fix is on the table.

‘It’s Like the Wild West’: Sexual Assault Victims Struggle in K-12 Schools

Fighting Back Is Part of Some Schools' Active-Shooter Training

Teachers can’t find reliable climate change information for lesson plans

Student group to redirect its efforts on school safety away from gun control

Third consecutive year in school spending increases marked a “full recovery” from the recession

Not-yet-signed Tennessee voucher bill faces new scrutiny amid report of FBI probe

Substitutes filling void in New Mexico amid teacher shortage

California’s education funding is at a record high. So why are schools short on cash?

ACLU files lawsuit in Iowa over law blocking Planned Parenthood from sex education funding

Oregon OKs largest expansion of federal free lunch program

Washington school districts grappling with budget deficits face deadline for teacher layoffs

New Mexico School Districts Rely On Substitutes To Fill Teaching Void

Oklahoma Budget deal includes teacher pay raise

Picture of smiling teachers with noose might be tied to notorious child abuse case

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