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Weekly News Round-Up for November 15th
posted by: Melissa | November 15, 2019, 06:28 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 were horrified at hearing about another school shooting.

Saugus High School Shooting: A high school near L.A. was the site of the most recent school mass shooting. The shooting started around 7:30 a.m., while many students were still arriving at school. The incident left two students dead and three others injured before the attacker turned the gun on himself. According to gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, there have been 84 violent incidents on school grounds so far this year, ten of which included fatalities. Last week, the U.S. Secret Service released a report that found most school shooters used weapons owned by friends and family. The Secret Service has also released a study on the best practices to prevent school shootings.

Sufficiency of a Diploma?: A recent survey of American teenagers found the majority believe they only need to earn a high school diploma in order to succeed. Additionally, 45% said they believed a high school diploma is good preparation for future jobs. The survey shows American teenagers tend to believe they had the skills they needed to enter the workforce immediately after graduating without pursuing additional training. Respondents in their 20’s are more likely to see the value in obtaining a college degree, but many still believe that college doesn’t prepare students adequately to participate in the economy. Economists at UCLA have found that income for high school graduates has dropped 12% over the past 40 years while wages for workers with advanced degrees has jumped by 18%, showing the continued value of attending college.

Some Little Rock Teachers Join One-Day Strike: Members of the Little Rock Education Association went on strike this past Thursday. The strike was only planned to last a single day and was called to protest the Arkansas Board of Education’s vote to unrecognize the union and put in place a personnel policy committee designed to be more representative of Little Rock School District teachers. Little Rock was the only district in Arkansas represented by a local union instead of a personnel policy committee. The district remained open during the strike and said teachers that participate could face discipline. AAE’s chapter, the Arkansas State Teachers Association, advised against participating in a strike that would likely subject individuals to discipline and encouraged all teachers to participate in the personnel policy committee. In the end, two-thirds of teachers showed up to work.

Happening Elsewhere:

Experts Worry Active Shooter Drills In Schools Could Be Traumatic For Students

How Schools Are Using The Trump Impeachment Inquiry As A Teachable Moment

Top Apple exec says students who use Google’s ‘cheap’ laptops at school are ‘not going to succeed’

Activists Protest USDA Changes That Threaten Free School Lunch

California school workers charged with manslaughter as autistic student dies after being restrained

Connecticut charter schools say state is ‘starving’ them by providing less funding than traditional public schools

Gov. DeSantis rolls out new teacher bonus proposal

More than 100 Indiana school districts are closing for Red for Ed Action Day

First proposed charter school in Kentucky could be created in Newport

‘Do the right thing’: NC teachers, students demonstrate for higher raises, funding

Pennsylvania schools struggling with bus driver shortage

‘Alarming rise in vaping’ among R.I. high school students, says survey

Oregon school bus driver charged with DUI after crashing with 10 students on board

Minnesota school threw out hot meals of students with over $15 lunch debt, then apologized

Head Of D.C.’s Charter School Board Will Step Down In May

Portland Public Schools Survey on School Culture Produces Glum Responses

San Diego Unified School District files lawsuit against Juul

West Sonoma County High School Teachers Go On Strike

Federal court reverses decision barring Christian schools from praying over loudspeaker before games

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