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Special education enrollment trends upward

Special education enrollment trends upward | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"The number of students receiving special education in the nation’s public schools is on the rise, according to a new federal report. There were 6.7 million kids with disabilities in classrooms across the country during the 2015-2016 school year, accounting for 13.2 percent of all students. That’s up from 6.6 million the year prior."

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As state budget gets closer to governor's desk, education remains contentious issue

As state budget gets closer to governor's desk, education remains contentious issue | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"At the heart of Wisconsin's budget battle, rests the issue of education spending. Democratic Governor Tony Evers called for an additional $1.4 billion for public education. But the state's budget-writing committee disagrees. The group, led by Republicans, approved an amount millions short of what Evers asked for. Now education advocacy groups are speaking out."

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Whitewater board discusses impact of possibly absorbing Palmyra-Eagle students

Whitewater board discusses impact of possibly absorbing Palmyra-Eagle students | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Meeting in special session Monday, the Whitewater Unified School District School Board discussed the impact of absorbing students from the Palmyra-Eagle Area School District should that neighboring district dissolve. During the April 2 election, voters in the Palmyra-Eagle Area School District rejected a non-recurring four-year operational referendum for the district. The district made clear that it would have to dissolve if the referendum failed."

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The citizenship question poses ‘dire consequences’ for education equity

The citizenship question poses ‘dire consequences’ for education equity | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"In the coming days, the Supreme Court of the United States is expected to rule on a big change to the upcoming 2020 census — the Trump Administration’s proposed addition of an overtly racist question about U.S. citizenship. Experts say that, if included, this question — which would ask, “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” —  could result in an undercount of as many as 6 million Latinx people living in the U.S. (who may not respond to the survey because they fear, with good reason, persecution by the Trump Administration)."

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Tariffs on China limit students' access to technology, warn educators

Tariffs on China limit students' access to technology, warn educators | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Edtech companies say they must raise prices to stay profitable, which schools say is forcing them to cut back on critical resources for students."

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Kids Count: Graduation rates up overall but racial gaps persist

Kids Count: Graduation rates up overall but racial gaps persist | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"The 2019 Kids Count Data Book highlights the steady upward trend in high school graduation rates, but notes racial disparities, with only 11% of white students not graduating in four years, compared to 28% of Native American students, 22% of African American students and 20% of Latino students."

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Evers vetoes four abortion bills, including 'born alive' legislation

Evers vetoes four abortion bills, including 'born alive' legislation | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Governor Tony Evers' rejection of the legislation came as no surprise, as he had previously pledged to veto the bills."

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Ex-teacher, janitor charged in gun incident at the St. Josaphat voucher school in Milwaukee

Ex-teacher, janitor charged in gun incident at the St. Josaphat voucher school in Milwaukee | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"A teacher says a bullet came through the wall a foot from a student's head, went through a child's jacket and struck a girl."

 

From the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association: "What a horrific incident at this Milwaukee voucher school where one student was hit with a stray bullet and another was nearly hit in the head. Thankfully both students are OK because the bullet was slowed while penetrating a wall, and the student's backpack, and jacket. The incident inexplicably wasn't reported to parents or police by officials at the school for weeks and would probably have never come to light if someone hadn't reported what happened to authorities weeks later. The school's custodian was cleaning his gun when it went off. This story not only proves what can happen when guns are allowed in schools but it also demonstrates the lack of transparency and oversight publicly-funded private voucher schools have. This school should lose its ability to participate in the Milwaukee voucher program for clearly not prioritizing the safety and health of its students."

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California moves toward new limits on charter schools

California moves toward new limits on charter schools | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"A state task force supports new restrictions on charter schools, recommendations that could become a guideline for policy in California."

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Wisconsin Supreme Court order puts most lame-duck laws back into effect

Wisconsin Supreme Court order puts most lame-duck laws back into effect | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"The order effectively reduced the power of the attorney general to drop out of or settle cases."

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Madison School Board narrowly passes contract to keep police officers in high schools

Madison School Board narrowly passes contract to keep police officers in high schools | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"School Board President Gloria Reyes said after the meeting that the contract is a “really good compromise” with the Madison Police Department on a contentious program that has had activists calling for its termination for years."

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Demands of social media, cellphone use are stressing kids out like never before

Demands of social media, cellphone use are stressing kids out like never before | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Testing, extracurricular-packed schedules, and perpetual stressors like poverty can all weigh on students. But research now points to smartphone-driven social media as one of the biggest drivers of stress. After all, that’s where college acceptance letters fill Instagram, everyone knows where everyone else is going for spring break, and athletic failures and awkward social moments can live forever."

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School vouchers expand despite evidence of negative effects

School vouchers expand despite evidence of negative effects | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Research over the past few years has shown vouchers for private schools set back student learning. So why are advocates still pushing so hard to expand them?"

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Winnebago Lutheran Academy teacher under fire for female circumcision lesson

Winnebago Lutheran Academy teacher under fire for female circumcision lesson | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"A longtime educator at a Lutheran high school in Fond du Lac was told to resign or he would be terminated for teaching about the global problem of female circumcision in his freshman geography classroom.

 

"Daniel Dettmann resigned from his 24-year teaching position at Winnebago Lutheran Academy (which receives state tax money through the state private school voucher program). He said he was asked to do so because of subject matter the school board deemed inappropriate.

 

"Dettman's son Corey Dettmann told the Fond du Lac Reporter he’s angry his father was made to feel shame for what he was teaching, and the administration used Bible passages to do so."

 

“My dad has a strong faith and he doesn’t have any ill will toward his church and isn’t bitter. He is just trying to figure out his life right now,” he said.

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International survey: U.S. teachers are overworked, feel underappreciated

International survey: U.S. teachers are overworked, feel underappreciated | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Teachers in the United States work longer hours and spend more time during the school day teaching than teachers in other parts of the world. And while the majority are satisfied with their jobs, only a fraction believes American society values their profession.

 

"The topline findings of the Teaching and Learning International Survey, an international study published by the National Center for Education Statistics, showcase the grievances at the heart of the wave of educator unrest that's prompted strikes, protests and walkouts in nearly a dozen states and school districts across the U.S."

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Trump plan to re-calculate poverty level would affect school lunch, Head Start eligibility

Trump plan to re-calculate poverty level would affect school lunch, Head Start eligibility | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"One estimate says that over 10 years, 100,000 students would no longer qualify for free school meals, and 300,000 children would lose health coverage through Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program."

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More Wisconsin colleges dropping ACT/SAT requirement. What about UW campuses?

More Wisconsin colleges dropping ACT/SAT requirement. What about UW campuses? | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Eight of Wisconsin's 22 private institutions serving undergraduates are test-optional, five of which scrapped the test requirement within the past five years."

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Government moves migrant kids out of Texas detention center after poor conditions exposed

Government moves migrant kids out of Texas detention center after poor conditions exposed | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"The U.S. government has removed most of the children from a remote Border Patrol station in Texas following reports that more than 300 kids were detained there and caring for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation."

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Public education march begins second leg in Fort Atkinson

Public education march begins second leg in Fort Atkinson | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"The second leg of a 60-mile march to garner support for increased funding of public education stepped off in Fort Atkinson Sunday morning."

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New York eliminates religious exemptions for vaccines

New York eliminates religious exemptions for vaccines | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"New York has eliminated religious exemptions from school vaccination requirements amid the state's worst measles outbreak in 25 years."

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Capital Times editorial: Republicans who gripe about rainbow flag embarrass themselves

Capital Times editorial: Republicans who gripe about rainbow flag embarrass themselves | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"When Republican legislators like Allen and Craig play the petty political game of griping about rainbow flags, they embarrass themselves, their party and their state. In contrast, when Governor Evers flies the rainbow flag as a signal that 'Wisconsin is a welcoming and inclusive place,' he recognizes and embraces the best bipartisan tradition of this great state."

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Marquette to drop standardized test requirements for admission in 2020

Marquette to drop standardized test requirements for admission in 2020 | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Starting next fall, students seeking to apply to Marquette University will not be required to take a standardized test to get in. Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Brian Troyer says they want to take a more holistic approach to admissions that looks at a student’s four years in high school, what they’ve done, and other factors."

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Bullying is everywhere. Could tracking help?

Bullying is everywhere. Could tracking help? | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Wisconsin schools aren't required to track how often bullying happens in schools, but some experts say that could help."

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100 years later, Wisconsin celebrates ratification of amendment giving women right to vote

100 years later, Wisconsin celebrates ratification of amendment giving women right to vote | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Hundreds gathered at the state Capitol Monday to celebrate the centennial anniversary of Wisconsin's ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote."

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As homework moves online, millions lack home internet

As homework moves online, millions lack home internet | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"In what has become known as the homework gap, an estimated 17% of U.S. students do not have access to computers at home and 18% do not have home access to broadband internet, according to an Associated Press analysis of census data."

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Michigan attorney general says Detroit kids have constitutional right to adequate education

Michigan attorney general says Detroit kids have constitutional right to adequate education | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Attorney General Dana Nessel has filed a legal brief siding with Detroit school children suing the state of Michigan over their quality of education."

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