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Weekly News Round-Up for November 8th
posted by: Melissa | November 08, 2019, 06:47 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: School violence, longer school days, lunch shaming and more!

Secret Service Releases School Violence Report: On Thursday, the U.S. Secret Service released released a report that analyzed recent school shootings. The findings included that most school shooters used a gun  they got from parents or other relatives that was “readily accessible.” In most cases, the incidents did not come out f the blue. Students had a history of being bullied, disciplinary issues, or other strange behavior. The information in the report will be used to train educators and law enforcement on how to identify students who may turn violent and how best to intervene.

Kamala Harris Introduces Bill to Push Back School’s Closing Bell: U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris has introduced a Senate bill that would push schools to stay open through 6 p.m. on weeknights. The bill would give schools grants to develop stay open for the entire work day and develop enrichment activities during the summer. Harris is hoping that a longer school day will help working-class families who struggle to find child care. Most schools already offer after-school care, but a large portion of schools still lack the program.

Lunch Shaming Bill Passes Senate: A bipartisan bill has passed in the US Senate that would ban lunch shaming. The measure was added as an amendment to a larger funding bill by Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Tom Udall. There has been increasing outcry over schools that harshly punish students who have unpaid lunch bills. The measure would prevent schools from identifying, stigmatizing, or refusing food to students who cannot pay for their lunch.

Happening Elsewhere:

The NRA Foundation is raising money by auctioning off guns in schools — to the dismay of some parents

The Power of a Wealthy PTA

'We're not excessive': The case for training and oversight for school police

Math Looks The Same In The Brains Of Boys And Girls, Study Finds

More Teens Than Ever Are Vaping. Here's What We Know About Their Habits

Northwest Arkansas schools add hundreds of students for 2019-20 academic year

California parents flock to charter schools for home school, personalized education

California spending over $13 billion annually on special education

School districts in Colorado cracking down on unvaccinated students

Charter schools ‘literally starving’ for state funds says school leader

New requirement has high school freshman picking career path

Indiana teachers rally prompts many school closings

Maryland leaders to announce $2.2B school construction bill

School Choice Wisconsin Sues DPI Over Test Score Release

Broward County school officer accused of slamming 15-year-old student to ground

Chicago's kids are watching friends and family die. The teachers strike may finally bring them help.

Las Vegas school district bolsters efforts to fight truancy

Minn. town split over immigration agrees on sixth try to expand crowded schools

Pittsburgh Public School District Is Evaluating How It Serves Students And Where They Go To School

Seattle is the latest school district, and Washington’s largest, to sue e-cigarette firm Juul

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