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Weekly News Round-Up for November 22nd
posted by: Melissa | November 22, 2019, 09:14 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: Indiana, isolation, illness, and more!

Investigation into Seclusion Rooms in Schools: An investigation by ProPublica and the Chicago Tribune found many schools use isolation or seclusion rooms as a punishment in violation of state law. Illinois allows schools to isolate students for safety reasons but not for classroom management purposes. Despite this, documentation showed it was often used to correct minor classroom infractions. There is no federal law regulating the use of secluding students in rooms, but nineteen states have prohibited its practice. Also, information on the practice may be inaccurate. The investigation found many schools underreported how often students were isolated. As a result of the investigation, Illinois took emergency action to ban the use of seclusion rooms in the state.

Entire District Closes: A school district in Colorado has announced it’s closing all of its schools due to illness. A highly contagious stomach virus has been spreading rapidly through the district over the past two weeks. Adding to the problem, a second illness also appears to be infecting students and staff. While the first virus has yet to be identified, there’s suspicion that it may be norovirus. The schools will remain closed through Thanksgiving break giving the illness time to pass and the district to make sure schools are thoroughly disinfected.

Indiana Teachers Hold Statewide Protests: Around  half of Indiana’s schools were closed on Tuesday as many teachers travelled to the state’s capitol for a statewide “Red for Ed” rally. Salaries, standardized testing, and difficult new licensing requirements were top concerns among the attendees. While the new state budget increases school funding by 2.5%, some groups estimate that the state needs to increase funding by 9% to bring it up to par with its neighbors. The rally coincided with the ceremonial start of the legislative session. At least 5,000 people were in attendance.

Happening Elsewhere:

Micah Tennant, a 10-year-old who was shot at a high school football game in New Jersey, has died

Rep. Langevin pushes for stronger school career counseling

Documentary explores "pattern of violence against black girls" in schools

US schools try to diversify mainly white teaching ranks

Warren speech in Georgia interrupted by pro-charter school protesters

How to keep schools safe? We're focusing our time, energy and money on 'all the wrong things,' experts say

DeSantis Pitches Bonuses for Teachers and Principals Based on School Grades

School counselors in Iowa have more students than what's recommended

Internet service restored for Kentucky schools

Judge rules in favor of Bethel Christian Academy in school voucher case

School Bus Workers Rally for Cuomo to Sign Bill Protecting Their Jobs

Official: Tennessee school vouchers are federally taxable income

Demand For Special Education Grows In Texas, But Shortage Of School Psychologists Slows Progress

Armed teachers train to stop potential active shooters in Utah schools

How these Texas high school football teams make playoffs with losing records

Hard choices face teacher and some parents as school district struggles with asbestos

The State Will Take Over Houston's Independent School District

Ohio High School Plans to Drug-Test All Students at Least Once a Year

How Douglas County plans to use $10 million to improve school safety

New Jersey school district turns to virtual reality to show how bullying feels

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