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[Weekly EdNews Round Up] Trump, Congress, ESSA and More: Education Issues to Watch in 2019

[Weekly EdNews Round Up] Trump, Congress, ESSA and More: Education Issues to Watch in 2019

No one knows better than educators about the importance of staying up-to-date. In Edmentum’s Weekly News Round Up, you’ll find the latest and most interesting education news, all in one place.

Last year was big for education, and all signs point to 2019 being just as eventful. Check out six big education issues to watch, as well as what sort of trends edtech experts predict will be taking over the classroom this year, and more in this week’s EdNews Round Up.

Trump, Congress, ESSA and More: Six Issues to Watch in 2019
EdWeek
It's 2019, and we'll be watching these big education stories in the new year involving the Trump administration, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the Every Student Succeeds Act, and more.

96 EdTech Predictions for K12 in 2019
eSchool News
A lot of edtech experts believe this will be the year that social emotional learning (SEL) and interoperability become part of the mainstream. There are also a lot of predictions about improving safety and security. Learn what Edmentum CEO Jamie Candee and the experts have to say what's in store for 2019.

Thousands of Copyrighted Works Will Now Be Freely Available to Teachers
EdWeek
As of Jan. 1, thousands of works are newly exempt from these questions. At the beginning of 2019, anything that was originally copyrighted in 1923 passed into the public domain—meaning that anyone can use and reprint it, free of charge and without permission.

How Writing Down What You're Thankful For Can Be Good For Mental and Physical Health
MindShift
A growing body of research shows keeping a log of what you are thankful for can lower stress, help you sleep better, and may even reduce the risk of heart disease. But it's not for everyone.

The Impact of ‘Stress Bias’ in Testing
Chalkbeat
The annual ritual of state testing in elementary and middle schools often comes within an unwelcome side effect: jittery, stressed-out kids. A new study documents some of what’s actually happening to students.

New Year Likely to Bring More Teacher Strikes
U.S. News
This year was a year of unprecedented educator activism, and 2019 could bring more of the same.

How Harry Potter Has Brought Magic To Classrooms For More Than 20 Years
npr
In the 20 years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was released in the U.S., educators of all levels have used J.K. Rowling's series to bring magic to their own classrooms.

Education policy is often a topic of conversation in state and federal legislatures. Stay in-the-know with this week’s top stories regarding education reform.

Arizona Bill Would Punish Teachers for Talking Politics
U.S. News
If an Arizona lawmaker has his way, certified public school teachers could lose their jobs for discussing politics or "controversial issues" in the classroom.

Alabama school report cards: More A’s, B’s and C’s, fewer D’s and F’s
AL.com
Report cards for Alabama’s schools and districts are out, and overall, results look promising. Statewide, district-level grades have improved in comparison with the 2016-17 district grades. And school-level grades also showed marked improvement.

Maryland Governor Hogan Wants To Expand P-TECH Program
CBS Baltimore
Gov. Larry Hogan is expanding a program that offers high school students career training in tech, along with the opportunity to earn a degree. New legislation would remove the caps on the number of schools allowed to offer the Pathways in Technology Early College High school program, also known as PTECH, and remove the timeline that said no new schools could be added until 2022.

Kasich Signs Bill Mandating Ohio Students Learn Cursive
U.S. News
Signed by Gov. John Kasich on Wednesday, the bill requires students to learn the formal font by the fifth grade.

Georgia should start and end school year later, senate committee says
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A state Senate committee approved recommendations that include starting no earlier than seven to 10 days before Labor Day, and ending around June 1. Most of Georgia’s 181 school districts begin in the first half of August and end in May.