Puerto Rico's Educational System Is at a Crossroads a Year After Hurricane Maria
Lemonade Stands, Version 2.0: Growing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
Should Schools Rethink Sex Education in the #MeToo Era?
Amid Influx of Muslim Students, Schools Temper Tensions
Hands-On Veterinary Program Helps Navajo Students Succeed
Are Rural Students Getting Shortchanged in the Digital Age?
The Aftermath of the Atlanta Test Cheating Scandal
What Flint's Superintendent Did to Protect Children From Lead
Vermont Parents Square Off Over Vaccine Rules for School
When Arts Education Takes Center Stage
School Shootings Ignite Controversial Proposals Around Arming Teachers
To cut costs and strengthen public schools, Vermont plans massive consolidation
Puerto Rico's Educational System Is at a Crossroads a Year After Hurricane MariaA year ago this week, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. And the implications for what been the nation’s third largest school system are profound. Thousands of children moved to the U.S. mainland, almost 300 schools were permanently closed, and countless computers and textbooks were destroyed. This natural disaster exacerbated deep academic and fiscal problems in what was already a struggling school system. Now Puerto Rico schools are at a crossroads. The island’s schools’ chief says reallocating resources and opening charter schools will help bring about much needed reform, while teachers’ unions say transferring teachers and closing schools is further traumatizing residents of the island. Education Week Correspondent Kavitha Cardoza visited some of the island’s hardest hit areas and has this report on PBS NewsHour. Read more: Putting Puerto Rico’s Schools Back on Track https://www.edweek.org/ew/collections...
Lemonade Stands, Version 2.0: Growing the Next Generation of EntrepreneursLemonade stands call up nostalgic visions of kids handing out paper cups in front of their house on a hot summer day for pocket change. You don't picture children creating business plans, applying for startup loans, or scoping out locations. But that's the kind of entrepreneurial thinking organizations like Lemonade Day are supporting in dozens of cities across the U.S. The effort stems from a concern that schools don’t notice or nurture business skills… like being comfortable taking risks or bouncing back from failure. So nonprofits are stepping in to grow the next generation of entrepreneurs—one glass of lemonade at a time. Education Week Correspondent Kavitha Cardoza reports for PBS NewsHour from Indianapolis … a city that enthusiastically embraces the concept.
Should Schools Rethink Sex Education in the #MeToo Era?At Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown Day High School, comprehensive sexuality education includes discussion on healthy relationships, obtaining consent for intimacy, and preventing violence. It’s an effort the private school started even before the #MeToo movement. School Counselor Amy Killy says the recent uproar over sexual harassment and assault only reinforces the importance of this instruction. Students who get these lessons, Killy says, are “going to be in a much better position to be making choices that are healthier and safer, both emotionally and physically.” Senior Tyce Christian agrees, “The more we know, the easier it will be to navigate these situations when we face them later in life.”Yes advocates believe these sorts of approaches to sex education may be rare. While 29 states and the District of Columbia mandate sex education, only 38 percent of high school students and just 14 percent of middle school students are receiving comprehensive sex education, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To see what it might look like, we sit in on a wide-ranging sex education class at Georgetown Day, and attend a meeting of male students working to include men in the #MeToo conversation. (June 12, 2018)
Amid Influx of Muslim Students, Schools Temper TensionsGrowing anti-Muslim sentiment has become a problem in U.S. schools—as many as half of Muslim students have been bullied by their peers, mainly because of their religion. One hotspot of anti-Muslim sentiment has been St. Cloud, Minn., a small city 90 minutes west of Minneapolis, where a large influx of Somali immigrants has sparked anger and intolerance in the community.
Hands-On Veterinary Program Helps Navajo Students SucceedAt Monument Valley High School in Kayenta, Arizona, students from the Navajo Nation get hands-on instruction in caring for animals. Director Clyde McBride discusses how the program helps prepare students for success.
Are Rural Students Getting Shortchanged in the Digital Age?Rural schools are often charged outrageous rates for lousy Internet service, an ongoing equity challenge that has drawn increasing attention from Washington. Correspondent John Tulenko visited the Calhoun County school district, which was paying $9,275 in monthly bills for the slowest Internet service in all of Mississippi. For years, the district's 2,500 students haven't been able to do Internet research in school. Computerized state testing last year was a disaster. And the district long ago gave up on buying the new digital technologies that are transforming schools just an hour away. But all that could be about to change, thanks to the Federal Communications Commission's recent overhaul of the E-rate program. Education Week talks with students, educators, and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to gauge whether billions of new federal dollars and new rule changes to the program can finally help bring affordable high-speed Internet access to America's rural schools. This video segment appeared on PBS NewsHour on February 16, 2016.
The Aftermath of the Atlanta Test Cheating ScandalEleven Atlanta educators convicted of conspiracy in one of the nation’s largest cheating scandals are just now beginning their appeals, more than two years after they were sentenced to prison. Nearly 200 educators in Atlanta public schools were caught up in the scandal, suspected of erasing and correcting student answers on standardized tests, in order to boost scores. They were under enormous pressure from the federal No Child Left Behind law and from their own superintendent, Beverly Hall, who set targets even higher than the federal government. Thousands of students were impacted, and now, many years later, the district has set up a program to offer extra help to those students who remain in Atlanta public schools. We spoke with those at the heart of the case – an educator, the judge, the district attorney, and students who are about to graduate.
What Flint's Superintendent Did to Protect Children From LeadFlint, Michigan’s superintendent is leading a comprehensive effort to mitigate the effects of lead on his students. Since alarmingly high levels of lead were found two years ago, the school district taken several measures to ensure the crisis wouldn't stand in the way of their kids' education. Special correspondent Kavitha Cardoza of Education Week reports.
Vermont Parents Square Off Over Vaccine Rules for SchoolEvery state requires children to be vaccinated before they attend school, but all states also allow for exemptions. Some states have moved to tighten exemptions, including California, where vaccination rates are now at their highest level in more than 15 years. Vermont has also made it tougher to opt out of vaccines. We spoke to parents there on both sides of the issue - those who feel it’s their right not to vaccinate, and to a mom whose daughter was battling cancer and couldn’t be vaccinated. She needed others around her to have their immunizations against diseases such as measles and chicken pox, to reduce the risk of illness and help protect her.
When Arts Education Takes Center StageOver the past 5 years as executive director for the arts for Boston's public schools, classically trained mezzo-soprano Myran Parker-Brass has worked to bring top-notch arts instruction to every child in the district. Since she assumed leadership, the number of students who are learning theater, dance, music, and visual arts during the school day has dramatically increased. The district has also expanded partnerships with local nonprofits, and upped its investment in arts education from $17 million to $26 million annually.
School Shootings Ignite Controversial Proposals Around Arming TeachersIt’s been five years since the nation’s worst school shooting took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 children and six staff members. The massacre did not, as some had hoped, become a transformative moment and lead to widespread policies restricting gun access. But the Connecticut killings did lead many school districts across the country to ramp up security measures, including lockdown drills, hiring police officers and installing cameras and metal detectors. Under federal law, schools are designated gun-free school zones unless there’s an exception created by state law. Now, gun-rights advocates in a growing number of states are lobbying for such legislative changes, which would then allow educators to carry concealed weapons in classrooms. The efforts have sparked considerable controversy and many organizations, including those representing teachers, are fighting such measures, saying that arming school staff will help keep kids’ safe.
To cut costs and strengthen public schools, Vermont plans massive consolidationIn Vermont, voters will decide next week whether to okay the largest public school reorganization in 125 years. A new ballot measure would merge smaller schools and do away with perks that let parents use tax dollars to send their kids to private schools, even in Canada. Opposition is fierce, but advocates say it’ll cut costs and strengthen public schools. John Tulenko of Education Week reports.
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