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[Weekly EdNews Round Up] 20 Years After Columbine, Principals Form Network of Support

[Weekly EdNews Round Up] 20 Years After Columbine, Principals Form Network of Support

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.

Two decades after the national tragedy that occurred at Columbine, 17 principals who experienced school gun violence first hand have banded together to form a network of support. Read all about this story, how the national school nurse shortage could lead to school grants, the latest on the College Admissions Scandal, and more in this week’s EdNews Round Up.


20 Years After Columbine, Principals Form Network to Cope With Shootings
The group of 17 principals—all who experienced gunfire that injured or killed people in their schools—aims to be a pro-active source of support and advice for school leaders after a shooting.

Nationwide Shortage of School Nurses Called a ‘Crisis’
CBS News
Only three out of five schools across the country have full-time school nurses often forcing school administrators, with no medical training, to step in and provide some level of care. Next month, a bill will be reintroduced in Washington called the Nurse Act. It would provide grants for schools to hire nurses.

After Colorado districts held ‘hostage’ by threats, school leaders look for lessons learned
Closing more than two dozen school districts across Colorado in response to a threat from a single individual was unprecedented, but it might not be the last time that school administrators and law enforcement make a similar decision.

Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli Plead Not Guilty In College Cheating Scandal
Giannulli and Loughlin are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes arranged by admissions consultant Rick Singer to get their daughters admitted to USC as crew recruits, despite not being rowers.

Report: Overall pre-K spending grows, but few states make gains in quality, enrollment
Education Dive
In its annual yearbook, the National Institute for Early Education Research also highlights the pay gaps between pre-K and elementary teachers.

Federal Data Show Decreasing Rates of Bullying and Violence in Schools
U.S.  News
Despite perceptions that schools are less safe, data show that bullying, violence and crime have decreased in the 20 years since the Columbine High School shooting.


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 at the state and national level.

Students at LeBron James' I Promise School earning higher reading, math scores
Education Dive
Less than a year after LeBron James' I Promise School opened in Akron, Ohio, last August, 90% of its roughly 240 3rd- and 4th-grade students have met or exceeded their reading and math growth goals at the midyear mark, The New York Times reports.

Shrinking summer vacations spur call for Missouri schools to start later
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
In a move pitting the tourism industry against school groups, a Missouri lawmaker wants to bar schools from starting classes before late August. The proposal would set the starting date no earlier than 14 days before the first Monday in September.

How the EPA's Deregulation Could Worsen Chronic Absenteeism
Increased air pollution threatens students' academic success more than you might think, warns physician and former classroom teacher Kunal Sindhu.

Arizona Teachers Can Now Discuss LGBTQ Issues Without Worrying About The Law
Lawmakers in Arizona have repealed a law that banned teachers from portraying "homosexuality as a positive alternative life-style" during HIV/AIDS instruction.

New Mexico Gets Rid of A-F School Grading System
Recognizing that there is much more to a school than test scores, the state will transition to a more effective and less punitive system of accountability.