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[Weekly EdNews Round Up] Your Final Exam is Surviving the Wilderness

[Weekly EdNews Round Up] Your Final Exam is Surviving the Wilderness

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.

For 45 years, the “Survival Trip” in a rural Alaskan community has served not only as Ketchikan, Alaska’s eighth grade students’ final science exam but also, more importantly, as preparation for growing up in the unforgiving wilderness they call home. You can read more on this story, how the Trump administration recently instructed shelters housing migrant children it will no longer pay for schooling, soccer, and access to legal aid, and why school climate matters when it comes to retaining teachers, all in this week’s EdNews Round Up.

When Your Final Exam Is Surviving the Wilderness
The Atlantic
For 45 years, eighth graders in Ketchikan, Alaska, have gone on an overnight survival trip to a remote island.

Trump Administration to End Schooling, Recreation, Legal Aid for Migrant Children in Shelters
Officials say the massive influx of immigrant children from Central American countries has created a budget crunch. Educators and advocates called the move inhumane and illegal.

School Climate – The Overlooked Factor in the Teacher Shortage
It's not just about low salaries. Pressure-filled working environments are driving too many educators out of the profession.

Nationwide College Enrollment Is Down Again
U.S. News
Post-secondary enrollment fell 1.7% from last year, marking the eighth straight year of declines..

How cities are convincing voters to pay higher taxes for public preschool
The Hechinger Report
Seattle, Cincinnati and San Antonio are just three of a growing number of cities to develop high-quality public preschool programs paid for by new local taxes.

Report: K-12 spending still reeling from 'lost decade' of economic growth
Education Dive
even years after the end of the Great Recession, states are still spending less per student in K-12 schools, and in nine states, per-pupil funding was down 10% in 2016 compared to 2008, according to a new Pew Charitable Trusts’ report focusing on the “lost decade” in state economic growth.

Here’s Why Teachers Adopt New Tech — and Why They Don’t
With so many unpaid hours spent lesson planning, grading and catching up on administrative tasks, there’s little time or energy left to explore new technology, no matter how mind-blowing or innovative it may be.

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.

Map: How Much Money Each State Spends Per Student
As part of each state’s overall school finance grade, Quality Counts 2019 looks at per-pupil spending adjusted for regional cost differences across states. It captures factors such as teacher and staff salaries, classroom spending, and administration, but not construction or other capital spending.

Florida releases draft of new academic standards for middle and high schools
Orlando Sentinel
State leaders proposed new academic standards for middle and high school English and math classes, the next step in Gov. Ron DeSantis’ effort to eliminate Common Core from Florida’s public schools.

How the Democrats Got Radicalized on Student Debt
The Atlantic
In just over a decade, Democratic Party leaders have gone from advocating modest increases in Pell grants to pushing for large-scale debt cancellation.

Lost Days: Inside one rural California district’s effort to combat chronic absenteeism
It’s Dena Kapsalis’ job to fight chronic absenteeism in Paradise Unified, a school district in Northern California’s rural Butte County. And she does whatever it takes.

Democrats press for details on Ed Dept's income-share plans
Education Dive
In a letter sent Tuesday to U.S. Education Department Secretary Betsy DeVos, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and two other members of Congress expressed concern and sought more details about the department's plans to test income share agreements (ISAs).

Kentucky seeks to expand school-based health services for Medicaid kids
Insider Louisville
The state of Kentucky is looking to amend its Medicaid state plan to expand school-based health services for children around the state as early as the 2019-2020 school year.'s picture
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