Education news just keeps coming…

  1. A 2016 U.S. Department of Education found that 10% of public school teachers had been threatened with injury by a student during the past year; 6% were assaulted. Keep in mind, however, that these figures DO NOT tell the whole picture, as many such incidents go unreported; they don’t reflect any threats made by parents, either.
  2. The U.S, House of Representatives has passed the Equality Act, a step toward amending Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It’s designed to add “explicit federal protections for gender, gender equality, and sexual orientation.” It, thus, requires schools “to honor transgender students’ preferred pronouns and names…, protects them from bullying and harassment, and allows them access to gender-segregated classes and activities,” along with bathrooms and locker rooms based on their gender identity.
  3. The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative under-reports the number of school districts dropping its personalized learning, computer-based Summit Learning placing the figure at 10% when, in truth, it’s actually more like 18%–and growing. Students have actually walked of their schools in protest at being “taught” by a computer instead of a real-life teacher.
  4. According to federal data, there are 6.7 million students with disabilities in our public K-12 schools, along with 4.8 million English-language learners. The problem: Millions of them are mainstreamed into regular education classrooms with teachers who have not been adequately trained to meet their needs.