Weekly News Round-Up for August 16th
posted by: Melissa | August 16, 2019, 05:19 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: Trade mitigation lunches, charter school regs, tuna sandwiches, and more!

Trade Disputes May Benefit School Lunches: According to reporting by the AP, the trade disputes encountered by the Trump administration are benefiting schools. To help American farmers make it through the disputes, the administration has been buying up agricultural products. The government has then turned around and offered these foods to the needy for free. Recently, they’ve also been offering the products to schools as “trade mitigation” items. While the free items help schools with tight budgets, the limited number of items don’t provide much flexibility

Pennsylvania Governor Plans Action on Charter Schools: On Tuesday, Governor Tom Wolf announced that he would take executive action to tighten the regulations around charter schools in Pennsylvania. The executive action would increase oversight of charter management companies, allow districts to cap charter school enrollment, and charge schools a fee to cover the cost of their oversight. Wolf was especially critical of online charter schools. The action comes after the legislature passed four charter reform laws that all failed to become law. Charter school advocates in Pennsylvania is objecting to the action.

New Jersey District Under Fire for Lunch Shaming: The public has been vocal in their opposition to “lunch shaming” students, with districts who seem to cross the line often making national news. The latest district to receive such criticism is Cherry Hill in New Jersey. The superintendent there proposed that students owing $10 in lunch debt be given a tuna sandwich instead of the regular meal and for lunches to be cut off entirely after a student owes $20. According to the superintendent, the district was owed just under fifteen thousand dollars in unpaid lunch fees however, the school lunch program still made $200,000 in profit. As expected, the community was outraged at the proposal. The board has not approved the proposal and is considering alternatives.

Happening Elsewhere:

Companies Offering Bulletproof Backpacks, Hoodies For Children Going Back To School In Wake Of Mass Shootings

‘Back to school’ means anytime from late July to after Labor Day, depending on where in the U.S. you live

Secrets and Lies in the School Cafeteria

Study: Students Who Attend Charter High School More Likely to Vote, Less Likely to Commit Crime

Lady Gaga Helps Schools in Communities Affected by Mass Shootings

4 new studies bolster the case: More money for schools helps low-income students

Schools Fight Websites That Sell Homework Help

Mass Shootings Renew Schools' Concerns With Protecting Students

New school year, new measles outbreak?

New California Law Puts Suicide Hotline Number on School ID Cards

New push in California for later middle, high school start times

Illinois mandates schools teach LGBT history to 'overcome intolerance'

'In God We Trust' signs to greet Louisiana students in new school year

Now a state law, kids must be vaccinated to go to school in New York

Federal judge rules Virginia school district's transgender bathroom ban is discriminatory

California Lawmakers Approve Bill To Update Transgender School Records

Oklahoma latest to grapple with online school problems

School Year Could Begin With Teacher Strikes in 2 Sonoma County Schools

San Francisco School Board Votes to Hide, but Not Destroy, Disputed Murals

Mom says middle school bully left son with severe brain damage

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