A report indicates that two-thirds of Texas public high schools are failing to comply with a state law mandating that schools make voter registration cards available to students. According to the report from the Texas Civil Rights Project, some districts have not requested registration cards since the 2016 general election, a claim denied by the districts.
A Maryland school district has overhauled how it selects students for its magnet schools to increase diversity in gifted-education programs. The district no longer accepts private intelligence tests, puts less weight on in-district cognitive tests and teacher recommendations, and instead provides more magnet school seats to students who are "outliers" at their neighborhood schools.
Teachers are motivated by four key considerations when they look to make changes to instruction, according to a report from the Christensen Institute. The study found that teacher's top motivation was the promise of making things more manageable.
Outcomes for students improved after one school prioritized parent engagement, writes Meghan Everette, a math coach and Utah ASCD board member. In this blog post, she shares several successful strategies her school used to engage parents, including by organizing thematic events.
Reports that the federal school turnaround program under President Barack Obama's administration was a failure may not be accurate, according to a report from think tank FutureEd. New findings show the School Improvement Grants program was successful in San Francisco, among other places.
Students at a Michigan high school recently took their school ID photos and many of them posed as celebrities and fictional characters, including Rihanna, Colonel Sanders and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Students shared some of the images on Twitter.
A decade as a classroom teacher has David Tow examining career paths available to teachers. In this blog post, Tow describes career-trajectory models for teachers, including examples from Germany and Finland.
About 21.5% of US public schools required students to wear uniforms in 2016 -- up from 13.8% a decade earlier -- according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. While some students report disliking uniforms, some educators say common clothing promotes equality and builds a sense of community in school.
A school district in Canada is expanding a job-skills training program called Worktopia for students with special needs. Students spend part of their day working in the community and the other part learning about life skills and workplace challenges.
Colorado passed a law in 2012 requiring mandatory screenings and interventions for reading problems, but some students with dyslexia still aren't getting what they need to succeed. Parents of these students formed an advocacy group, Colorado Kids Identified with Dyslexia, and have testified before lawmakers about these students' unique needs.
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