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[Weekly EdNews Round Up] Modern Halloween Celebrations Aim to be Inclusive

[Weekly EdNews Round Up] Modern Halloween Celebrations Aim to be Inclusive

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.

Halloween is a favorite holiday for many, but in recent years, school celebrations have stirred up a wave of controversy. This year, many school districts are looking at options that would allow schools to celebrate alternative fall-themed events with students, so that everyone feels included. Check out this story and more in this week’s EdNews Round Up.

School Halloween celebrations continue raising spectre of academic value
Education Dive
Religious and equity issues lead some districts to shun events around the holiday, but many are offering alternatives so all students can have fun.

How Higher Salaries Could Save the Teaching Profession
NEA Today
To attract and retain quality teachers, lawmakers need to let educators know they are respected - and that includes a higher starting salary.

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.

The College-Admissions Scandal Was Better Than a Movie
The Atlantic
The Lifetime film adaptation barely had to make anything up.

Students Think Lectures Are Best. Are They Wrong?
A study reveals students prefer low-effort learning strategies—like listening to lectures—despite doing better with active learning.

DeVos Sued Amid New Evidence About Whether Her Agency Aided For-Profit Operator
U.S. News
Two student advocacy groups have filed separate lawsuits against Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, one alleging her Department of Education allowed an operator of for-profit schools to mislead students and sack them with debt they are now unable to repay, and another that accused her of continuing to refuse to discharge the student loan debt of borrowers previously enrolled in for-profit schools that abruptly shuttered.

Restorative Justice is No Panacea, But it Can Help Build Better Relationships Among Students
The Hechinger Report
When done well, restorative approaches aren’t just reactive. They also include practices that are used to proactively build relationships among students and between students and staff.

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.

Tracker: Chicago strike presses on despite tentative agreements over 80 contract items
Education Dive
Meanwhile, teachers in Fairplay, Colorado, return to work as Chicago's Passages charter strike also continues.

100 University of Utah students walk out of class in protest of how their school has concerns reported by women
The Salt Lake Tribune
The students stood outside for an hour, passing around a heavy gray megaphone and taking turns shouting into it about the times they’ve felt unsafe and unprotected on campus.

Report: Afterschool Nutrition Program shows significant expansion, but needs more funding
Education Dive
Since its rollout in 2010 through the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the Afterschool Nutrition Program steadily increased its funding to provide about 1.3 million dinners and 1.5 million afterschool snacks per day in October 2018. These numbers are a significant increase from the previous year, when 10.4% fewer students were served, but only one in 16 children who receive free or reduced lunch have access to afterschool nutrition programs.

Key Changes Would Alter The Government's Massive Survey On Schools And Civil Rights
The Education Department is proposing that it collect more information on bullying and sexual assaults happening at schools, and provide less information on things like preschool suspension rates.

'English-Only' Laws in Education on Verge of Extinction
Arizona is expected to repeal its longstanding ban on bilingual education, following similar moves in California and Massachusetts in recent years.'s picture
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