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Weekly News Round-Up for January 24th
posted by: Melissa | January 24, 2020, 06:46 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: religious tax cuts, asbestos, gender-neutral restrooms, and more!


Supreme Court Hears Religious Rights Case: On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme court heard arguments in a case that could have wide-ranging impact for schools and religious institutions. At the heart of the matter is a Montana tax credit program that provided aid to students attending private schools. Montana’s Supreme Court struck down the program because the funds could be used to send students to religious schools. Now the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether that ruling was correct. In recent years, the court has ruled that excluding religious schools from public programs violated the constitution.


Asbestos Lawsuit: The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers announced that they’ll be suing the Philadelphia school district over asbestos contamination. The school district has been forced to close multiple buildings over the past school year due to asbestos. Recently, the district reopened a school they claimed had been cleaned, only to be forced to close the school again a few days later. The union says the district’s handling of contaminants is flawed and the district is being reckless in regards to the safety of students and staff.


Denver Public Schools Requires Gender-Neutral Restrooms: The Denver Public School Board voted to require all schools in the district to have a gender-neutral restroom. The measure was passed unanimously and with little controversy. It allows schools to designate an already existing restroom as gender-neutral to avoid construction costs. The move is being promoted as necessary to support LGBTQ students.


Happening Elsewhere:

As Esports Take Off, High School Leagues Get In The Game

Trump Administration Proposes Rollbacks to Obama-Era School Lunch Programs on Michelle Obama's Birthday

Report: Rust Belt, Deep South Home to Most Economically Segregated School Districts

Making Yellow School Buses a Little More Green

Louisiana music teacher Mickey Smith Jr. honored with Music Educator Award at Grammys

SC Senate education bill faces backlash over school district takeover plan

Cut your dreadlocks or miss graduation, Texas high school tells teen

California skims from school funds to pay for trial courts

Teacher Shortage Impacts Colorado, High Cost Of Living Cited

Florida Senate focuses on failings in school security

Georgia School Official Quits Amid Inquiry, Program May End

Expected Idaho bill would limit transgender students' participation in high school sports

'In God We Trust' sign won't be required in school classrooms after all

Massachusetts Bill Aims To Have More Students Eating School Breakfasts

LGBTQ education is now mandatory in N.J. schools. Here’s how teachers are preparing.

Bill in Vermont would make school meals free

Washington schools not required to track teacher vaccine records

Washington Senate passes bill requiring comprehensive sex ed in public schools

Wisconsin school boards won't support ban on Native mascots after a lopsided vote at statewide meeting

Teachers may vote on whether to oust controversial union at Gompers charter school


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