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[Weekly EdNews Round Up] PDK Poll Finds Parents Continue to Support Educators in Fight for Funding

[Weekly EdNews Round Up] PDK Poll Finds Parents Continue to Support Educators in Fight for Funding

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.

The recently published PDK poll revealed that the general public, including parents, are in support of higher teacher pay, more funding for public schools, and more a greater teacher voice when deciding a school’s academic policies. The poll, which has been tracking public opinion of school since 1969, also included educator responses for the first time ever. Read all about this story and more in this week’s EdNews Round Up.

PDK Poll: Parents Continue to Stand Beside Educators In Fight for Funding
NEA Today
Almost eighteen months after educators ignited the #RedforEd movement to call for greater investment in our public schools, parents – and the general public – are unwavering in their support.

National Study Bolsters Case for Teaching 'Growth Mindset'
Any student’s self-confidence can take a hit at the start of high school. Yet giving students even a brief opportunity to understand and reflect on their mindsets for learning can make them likelier to challenge themselves and improve, finds a new national study in the journal Nature.

‘Popular’ Kids Aren’t That Special
The Atlantic
They do play a role in setting a school’s norms—but kids’ parents and close friends have more sway.

As threat of ICE raids increases, schools can take steps to put students at ease
Education Dive
Sanctuary districts, "zen" zones, SEL and communication with families are among initiatives providing students from immigrant families with safety and resources amid an anti-immigrant political climate.

Colleges are Using Big Data to Track Students in an Effort to Boost Graduation Rates, but it Comes at a Cost
The Hechinger Report
Shifting the focus from getting students into college to getting them through college, an estimated 1,400 colleges and universities are turning to high-tech data solution called predictive analytics. The idea is to find trends and patterns in huge amounts of historical data to use those patterns to predict the future of students and intervene early.

The Most Popular High School Plays and Musicals
According to the Educational Theatre Association, the top spot for musicals went to The Addams Family, while Almost, Main topped the list for full-length plays. Other historical data compiled by NPR Ed looks at the most popular productions dating back to the 1940s.

The Mastery Transcript Consortium Has Been Developing a Gradeless Transcript for College Admissions. This Fall It Gets Its First Test
The 74
Is a high school transcript without letter grades or GPA equitable in college admissions? More than 250 schools are members of the Mast Transcript consortium, which is rethinking the high school transcript in college admission.

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.

2020 cheat sheet: What the Democratic presidential candidates have said about education
Chalkbeat has collected what we know about each Democratic candidate’s views on education issues here and filled it with links where you can learn more, and continuously updates this page as candidates share more.

Federal programs, partnerships can defray CTE costs
Education Dive
The U.S. Department of Education provides about $1.3 billion per year to support career and technical education programs.

Gov. Bill Lee will move forward with earlier school voucher launch, despite House concerns
Despite concerns from the House about launching a controversial school voucher program earlier than planned, Gov. Bill Lee said he intends to move forward with a faster time frame.

Running Away Or Skipping School Could Get A Kid Locked Up. Now That's Changing
For years, Kentucky and other states treated status offenses, such as running away from home or constantly skipping school, as though they were serious crimes. Students could get locked up in a juvenile hall. Kentucky has now joined other states taking steps to get to the underlying issues that cause kids to engage in status offenses.

Cleveland Browns Foundation, Ohio Department of Education and Proving Ground collaborate to launch statewide school attendance network
Cleveland Browns
The Ohio Department of Education, the Cleveland Browns Foundation and Proving Ground at Harvard University have teamed up to boost school attendance. The initiative will provide free tools to all state schools and districts through, and will support rural districts by helping them deploy, test and evaluate the effectiveness of specific attendance-related strategies.'s picture
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