Weekly News Round-Up for October 4th
posted by: Melissa | October 04, 2019, 06:42 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: charter laws, armed teachers, strikes, and more!


New Charter School Law Signed in California: California governor Gavin Newsom signed a new law aimed to regulate charter schools in the state. The law is a step back from an earlier union-pushed proposal that would have put a moratorium on new charter schools. The bill signed this week was a compromise between the teachers’ union and the state’s charter school association. The new bill allows authorizers to consider the financial impact a new charter school will have on a district before approving them. It also puts new regulations around the certification of charter school teachers and makes it easier to close down schools that are performing poorly.


Florida Teachers Now Armed: A new bill that allows some Florida teachers to carry guns in classrooms went into effect on Tuesday. The Guardian Program, as it’s called, allows staff to carry weapons on campus after passing a background check, psychological exam, and completing range training. A district must opt-in to the program to participate. The law was passed in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Florida. Many survivors of that shooting oppose the law, but many others in the state believe the law will increase school safety overall.


Chicago Teachers Set Strike Date Teachers in Chicago Public Schools are prepared to go on strike if they can’t make a deal with the district by October 17th. The strike would extend beyond teachers to include support staff like bus aides, security guards, and custodians, along with city park employees. District leaders have said they are ready for the strike, while pointing out they offered a generous contract to school and park employees which included a 16% raise over five years. The unions their priorities go beyond pay. They also want more prep time for teachers, along with smaller class sizes, and more support staff like nurses, librarians, and social workers. The district last went on strike in 2012.


Happening Elsewhere:

Why some school districts are banning teachers from crowdfunding to pay for classroom supplies

A private school resets its tuition

College Is No Longer The Path To Success: New Study Shows That College And High School Graduates Earn About The Same

She Was Raped by a Classmate. She Still Had to Go to School With Him.

Punish students for Nazi salutes? It's not always easy — or a good idea, experts say

Ohio bill would mandate suicide prevention training in schools

Alaska State Education Department launches online school data tool

Court says Arizona’s 2016 school funding measure illegal

Chocolate milk in Colorado schools: Concerns arise over sugar, but not everyone is worried

Bay charter school fight heads to Florida Supreme Court

Beshear offers plan for Kentucky’s public schools

Minnesota's school nurses now are facing a growing workload

Big Move On Plan To Eliminate Nearly 300 NJ School Districts

Gasoline fundraiser for New Mexico school supplies rankles and pleases

NY sues student loan servicer over program management

No free lunch: Pennsylvania Schools grapple with outstanding student meal tabs

Tennessee governor picks 9 for charter school commission

Utah’s $60,000 solution to keep school teachers from fleeing

Thousands of Washington students could soon be barred from school as families fail to comply with new vaccination law

California high school cancels football season after alleged sex assault of teammate


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