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[Weekly EdNews Round Up] 5 Things You’ll Hear More About This School Year

[Weekly EdNews Round Up] 5 Things You’ll Hear More About This School Year

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.

A new school year always brings the promise of new lessons to be learned, new experiences, and new adventures --no matter how many years a teacher has spent in the classroom. That’s why it’s important to stay informed on what’s new with the ever-changing landscape of education. Check out five things to keep an eye on in education this year, read up on advice for first-year principals, and more in this week’s EdNews Round Up.

Five Things You’ll Hear More About in the 2019-20 School Year
NEA Today
What's new in public education this year? We see some trends emerging, including trauma-informed education, virtual reality, and more.

'Nobody Learns It in a Day': Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools
There's never been a clearer scientific picture of the ways damaging experiences and intense, chronic stress can hurt a child's ability to learn in school. But for many schools, the picture of what trauma-sensitive schooling looks like in practice is still developing.

States Raise the Bar for What It Means to Be Proficient in Reading and Math
U.S. News
A new study found that the gap between the states with the highest standards and those with the lowest standards is narrowing.

Lessons in Leadership: 5 administrators share advice for first-year principals
Education Dive
Building relationships and taking time for self-care are among recommendations for new school leaders.

The Case for Summer Vacation
Planet Money
The conventional wisdom is that summer vacation is a relic of agricultural times, when kids had to help their parents on the farm. But the economist William Fischel says that story is completely wrong. Fischel finds the standardized school calendar arose organically as urban school districts heeded the economic needs of a mobile workforce. And summer was the natural time for a break.

Does Air Conditioning Affect Learning?
USA Today
Research suggests that overheated classrooms contribute to racial achievement gaps by lessening learning in a way that adds up over time and could affect future earnings potential. Much of the lack of air conditioning comes down to funding. Washington contributes essentially zero dollars to improving or maintaining school facilities.

4 New Studies Bolster the Case: More Money for Schools Helps Low-Income Students
A 2018 overview of the research on education spending found that more money consistently meant better outcomes for students — higher test scores, higher graduation rates, and sometimes even higher wages as adults. Four new studies from different parts of the country have come to similar conclusions.

Burgoyne-Allen: 5 Things to Know About America’s School Bus Driver Shortage — & What States Can Do About It
The 74
Without state investments in new funding and technology, qualified school bus drivers will continue to choose jobs in other industries, and students and families will suffer as a result.

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.

Two Big-City Teacher Strikes Loom on the Horizon
Two of the nation's top five largest school districts could see a teacher strike this fall. In Clark County, the district that encompasses Las Vegas, teachers are set to strike on Sept. 10 if the union is unable to come to an agreement with administrators. And in Chicago, an ongoing contract dispute could lead to a teacher strike by late September if a deal is not reached.

To Graduate, File a Fafsa, More High School Seniors Are Told
The New York Times
Texas, Illinois and Louisiana now require high school seniors to either submit a FAFSA, or opt out with a waiver for military service or work programs, in order to graduate high school. Students are more likely to pursue college once they see the amount of aid they will receive, especially for traditionally underserved student populations. More states are considering this requirement for graduation, as well.

Republicans Changed Their Mind About Higher Education Really Quickly
The Atlantic
A majority of them no longer think campuses are setting the country on the right course. What happened?

'We thought we were doing a great thing': 10,000 kids lose healthy snack over IPS mistake
The Indianapolis Star
Thousands of Indianapolis Public Schools students will not get their regular snack of a fresh fruit or vegetable this school year — a change from previous years when the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the district was misusing federal money to purchase the produce.

Standard-setting meetings scheduled for Kentucky’s 5-star accountability system
The Northern Kentucky Tribune
Education stakeholders and policymakers will gather to start a standard-setting process that will help determine Kentucky’s new 5-star accountability system. The panel will recommend cut scores for an overall rating for individual and total indicators to allow reporting of school performance.'s picture
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