Almost two dozen elementary-school students in a Mississippi district are at risk of repeating third grade after failing to pass state reading exams following an intensive, four-week summer school program. They failed the test three times. "Nothing is impossible, but being realistic about it, it's almost at the point where there's no help for them in just four weeks," said Daisey Hawkins, a teacher in Sunflower County.
Some higher-education officials are voicing concern over a requirement in the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, currently being considered by Congress, that schools provide confidential advisers to sexual assault victims. Mollie Benz Flounlacker with the Association of American Universities this week told a Senate hearing that advisers could be open to subpoenas, which could compromise confidentiality.
Officials in Boston are considering changes to school menus less than a year after previous changes drew complaints from parents and others. Officials say the menu changes are not final, with an advisory board recommending healthier dishes, more fresh fruit and an expanded in-class breakfast program.
School leaders in Ohio will participate in a blended-learning training program. Officials said about 70 principals and administrators from 16 schools are expected to participate in the program, a partnership of the Ohio Blended Learning Network and the Friday Institute at North Carolina State University.
Some school districts and at least one state are seeking to foster innovation by designating networks of schools that have more autonomy and resources to experiment with classroom technology. However, the programs face many challenges, including hardware issues and students not using the technology at home.
Students from a Michigan school district this week came up with ideas to present to companies to help solve common business problems. One company asked a team of six students to envision how learning spaces and materials could be used to support 21st-century learning.
Global fire seasons are lasting longer than they did 35 years ago, and burnable areas also have increased, states a new study published in Nature Communications. Another recent study found that fire potential has risen in nearly every region of the country. "Our study paints a fairly grim picture. Climate change will up the odds of conditions that have historically accompanied these large fires," said John Abatzoglou, an associate professor of geography and co-author of the second study.
The Central American drug trade is a threat to the region's jaguars, especially those in Guatemala and Honduras, where habitat loss has been significant. The jaguar population in Honduras stands at two per 39 square miles, for example, far below Belize's total of 11 per 39 square miles. Drug traffickers may clear the land to build roads and airstrips, notes Kendra McSweeney, an associate professor of geography and lead author of the study "Drug Policy as Conservation Policy: Narco-Deforestation."
Teachers can take the lead in advocating for their profession -- and perhaps enact education policy change along the way -- teachers Deidra Gammill and Nancy Gardner write. In this blog post, they share five ways teacherpreneurs can collaborate with education policymakers.
High-schoolers at Johns Hopkins University's monthlong, intensive summer camp -- Engineering Innovation -- explored complex engineering ideas with simple tools, such as building bridges with pasta. The camp was designed to give teenagers hands-on engineering experience and the chance to earn college credit.