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Navajo commission to assess school abuse. See more state education news here

| October 29, 2019
Navajo commission to assess school abuse. See more state education news here

FLAGSTAFF — The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission will be holding several public hearings to assess the mistreatment of Native Americans in schools on and off the reservation.

The commission wants parents, guardians and students in kindergarten through 12th grade to speak out about any mistreatment they have received from school personnel. Signed written testimony also will be accepted.

For several decades, teachers abused Native American children at federally run boarding schools for speaking their language or singing their songs.

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More Students Are Taking the SAT Than Ever Before. National education news

| September 24, 2019
More Students Are Taking the SAT Than Ever Before. National education news

MORE STUDENTS IN THE graduating high school class of 2019 took the SAT than ever before, despite a record number of colleges and universities dropping the entrance exam requirement that’s long been a standard part of the admissions process. …The increase was driven in large part by the growing number of states that allow schools to administer the test during the school day, typically free of charge.

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Possible changes ahead in what happens when a teacher leaves mid-year. See more state education news here

| September 17, 2019
Possible changes ahead in what happens when a teacher leaves mid-year. See more state education news here

Possible changes may be coming in what happens when a teacher leaves their position during the school year after a proposal to eliminate required discipline for educator contract breaks was presented during an Arizona State Board of Education retreat Aug. 10th at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

Statute defines an educator contract break during the school year – when a teacher leaves or resigns before getting the governing board’s approval – as unprofessional conduct, which previously led to an automatic six-month suspension, but now it’s a letter of censure in the teacher’s state file, noting that if there’s another in five years it’s an automatic two-year suspension.

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Back to school: Are parents tapping college savings in 529 plans for private K-12 tuition?. See more national education news here

| September 10, 2019
Back to school: Are parents tapping college savings in 529 plans for private K-12 tuition?. See more national education news here

Few parents are using 529 savings plan for their school-aged children’s tuition more than a year after the Trump Administration first allowed the tax-advantaged funds to go to K-12 private education, according to several plan administrators.

About 5.5% of withdrawals for beneficiaries 16 and under were made in 2018, up 4% from 2016, according to Ascensus, which administers 529 plans for 20 states and the District of Columbia.

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Teachers in California, Michigan Spend the Most to Stock Their Classrooms. See more national education news here

| September 3, 2019
Teachers in California, Michigan Spend the Most to Stock Their Classrooms. See more national education news here

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.

The average K-12 public school teacher spends $459 each year on school supplies for which they are not reimbursed, according to a state-level analysis of National Center for Education Statistics survey data conducted by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute.

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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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