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Experts Worry Active Shooter Drills In Schools Could Be Traumatic For Students. See more national education news here

| November 12, 2019
Experts Worry Active Shooter Drills In Schools Could Be Traumatic For Students. See more national education news here

A regular drumbeat of mass shootings in the U.S., both inside schools and out, has ramped up pressure on education and law enforcement officials to do all they can to prevent the next attack.

Close to all public schools in the U.S. conducted some kind of lockdown drill in 2015-2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. …

But many experts and parents are asking if the drills, some complete with simulated gunfire, are doing more harm than good.

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Native American students suspended at higher rates than peers. California report looks at solutions. See more national education news here

| October 22, 2019
Native American students suspended at higher rates than peers. California report looks at solutions. See more national education news here

Native American students in California’s public schoolsface higher-than-average suspension rates, according to a new report.

A joint effort between California State University, San Diego, and the Sacramento Native American Higher Education Collaborative, the report outlines what it calls troubling trends regarding how school administrators discipline students. 

Racial disparities in school discipline, particularly for African American students, have been documented in numerous studies, but there has been little research on how Native American students are reprimanded. 

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Desperate to fill teacher shortages, US schools are hiring teachers from overseas. See more national education news here

| October 8, 2019
Desperate to fill teacher shortages, US schools are hiring teachers from overseas. See more national education news here

When Joevie Alvarado became a teacher, she never expected to teach American students 7,600 miles away.

But a dire shortage of US teachers means some schools are taking drastic measures — like hiring teachers from half a world away.
“For the first year, it’s a little bit of a struggle because I’m the kind of person who misses family that easily,” said Alvarado, who taught for a decade in the Philippines before moving to Arizona.

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OPINION: Culture-based education — a path to healing for Native youth? See more national education news here

| August 20, 2019
OPINION: Culture-based education — a path to healing for Native youth? See more national education news here

On a sweltering summer day, students run back and forth on a grassy field. Frequently erupting in laughter, they playfully dodge one another.

On the ground, two balls about the size of tennis balls are connected by a leather strap, and the children race to lift the balls from the ground with long sticks.

These Native American children are learning to play double ball, a traditional indigenous game, or at least that seems to be the focus of their activity. But at the summer camp these students are attending, Native teachers and leaders are leveraging culture-based activities like double ball to engage students more deeply in exploring their Native identities and wellness goals.

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Many high school students don’t understand how the college financial aid process works. See more national education news here

| July 9, 2019
Many high school students don’t understand how the college financial aid process works. See more national education news here

Students’ knowledge of the financial aid process is “shockingly low.”

That’s the takeaway from a new study by ACT, which in April 2018 surveyed about 1,200 high school students who were registered to take the standardized test.

Regardless of economic background, most families pointed to price as a very important consideration in choosing a college. Yet most students don’t understand the basic workings of financial aid, which includes grants, scholarships, work study and loans.

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How to help your child avoid the ‘summer slide’. See more state education news here

| June 11, 2019
How to help your child avoid the ‘summer slide’. See more state education news here

The “summer slide” occurs when kids stop learning during the summer or even fall behind. We’ll talk with Erin MacFarlane, customer experience administrator for Maricopa County Libraries and Micah Corporaal, youth librarian for the city of Tempe, about what the summer slide is and ways to mitigate it.

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Schools reckon with social stress: ‘I’m on my phone so much’. See more national education news here

| June 11, 2019
Schools reckon with social stress: ‘I’m on my phone so much’. See more national education news here

High school biology teacher Kelly Chavis knew smartphones were a distraction in her class. But not even her students realized the psychological toll of their devices until an in-class experiment that, of course, was then spreading on social media.

For one class period, students used a whiteboard to tally, in real time, every Snapchat, Instagram, text, call or other notification that popped up. Students were told not to respond to avoid generating replies … and further notifications. …

“One girl, just during the one hour, got close to 150 Snapchat notifications. 150!” marveled Chavis, who teaches honors-level courses at Rock Hill Schools in South Carolina.

She’s among a growing number of teachers, parents, medical professionals and researchers convinced that smartphones are now playing a major role in accelerating student anxiety — a trend so pervasive that a National Education Association newsletter labelled anxiety a ”mental health tsunami .”

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Schools are getting more police but at the expense of counselors, report finds. See more national education news here

| March 12, 2019
Schools are getting more police but at the expense of counselors, report finds. See more national education news here

Fourteen million students attend schools across the U.S. where they walk the halls with police but don’t have access to a counselor, nurse, psychologist or social worker, according to a new ACLU report released Monday.And of the schools that do provide students access to mental health professionals, about 90 percent fail to meet the minimum staff-to-student ratio, which the report found can mean one school counselor is responsible for dealing with more than 400 students.

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Number of Homeless Students Soars. See more national education news here

| February 26, 2019
Number of Homeless Students Soars. See more national education news here

THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS in kindergarten through the 12th grade who are homeless has increased by 70 percent over the last decade, according to new federal data that also suggests it shows no signs of slowing.

The report, published this month by the National Center for Homeless Education, housed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, provides a three-year snapshot of homeless from the 2014-15 school year through the 2016-17 school year using federal data reported annually to the Department of Education by states.

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Arizona Gets $1M from Feds for Special Education

| August 12, 2015
Arizona Gets $1M from Feds for Special Education

By Arizona Public Media staff The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $1,047,817 in grants to Arizona for special education. The Arizona Department of Education will partner with a higher education institution and other agencies to improve training and retention of special education staff. …Read the full article HERE Also see:  Arizona Daily Star: $1M grant to […]

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