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[Weekly EdNews Round Up] High Schoolers are Using Tik Tok to Organize a Teacher Strike

[Weekly EdNews Round Up] High Schoolers are Using Tik Tok to Organize a Teacher Strike

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.

You may have heard of ‘Tik Tok’, an app typically used for recording and sharing brief, funny videos, that’s recently taken the internet by storm. But now, students in Nevada are using the app to organize a ‘student strike’ in September. Why are they striking? For better pay from the district for their teachers. Check out this story and more in this week’s EdNews Round Up.

High Schoolers Are Using TikTok To Organize A Strike In Solidarity With Their Teachers
Buzzfeed News
In solidarity with their teachers who are planning a strike on Sept. 10 to protest being denied raises they say they were previously promised, Clark County students are using TikTok, an app known for its short and funny videos, to organize a "student strike" of their own.

Teachers in California, Michigan Spend the Most to Stock Their Classrooms
U.S. News
With back-to-school season in full swing, a new report suggests teachers will be shelling out hundreds of dollars on classroom supplies that they will need during the academic year. A new study finds educators spend an average of more than $450 on supplies for their classrooms.

Proposed SNAP rule would affect schools that provide free meals to all
Education Dive
With a Trump administration proposal aiming to add restrictions to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), concerns are rising that students in low-income families could have a harder time receiving free meals at school.

Do End-of-Course Exams Impact Student Graduation Rates?
The 74
States with end-of-course exams produce modest benefit in student graduation rates, according to new Fordham report. But what does that mean?

Researchers can detect when students aren’t trying on computerized tests
The Hechinger Report
Researchers have found that a surprisingly high number of students are guess their way through tests, even when they're not pressed for time or trying to boost thier scores.

College Board Backtracks on ‘Adversity Score’
U.S. News
The change comes amid blowback to the plan that would have scored students based on their socioeconomic conditions.

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.

State superintendent confirms 'lower achievement levels' on new ISTEP replacement test
Indy Star
Gov. Eric Holcomb is asking for a one-year reprieve for schools and teachers from consequences of poor test scores. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick confirmed the drop in scores. The dip in performance, she said, is frustrating but not unexpected and, at least in part, because of a more rigorous exam designed to test students' college and career readiness.

After a year, drinking water is flowing again in Detroit district schools
Students heading to class in the Detroit school district next week will find that for the first time in a year, they can quench their thirst with water flowing in their school buildings.

New Texas law makes it easier for college students to avoid taking classes that won't transfer
Texas Tribune
The bill mandates required reporting from colleges and universities about courses that don't transfer, and aims to help students save time and money.

Maryland PARCC scores: Math results worst since 2015, though English scores see bump
The Baltimore Sun
Student math achievement has long lagged behind reading in Maryland, and this year’s results on the annual spring PARCC tests highlighted the continued failure of schools to come up with a better way to teach the subject.

U.S. to states: School lunch changes none of your business
As schools begin reopening their doors to children nationwide, the U.S. government has told a federal judge that states have no power to sue over new rules they say make school meals less healthy.