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ELECTING FOR CHANGE—Former Principal Aimy Steele decided to run for office after she was asked to add classrooms to an already crowded school with no additional funding.

Fed up with funding cuts and policies passed without educator input, the number of teachers and administrators taking political action is on the rise. Balancing a demanding career with a political campaign is just one of their challenges.

Ty E. Howard is a partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. He regularly represents educational institutions in matters involving compliance, litigation, internal investigations, Title IX issues and related matters.

School investigations pose special challenges. The risks are often high, and school leaders, even those well-versed in typical legal issues, may be inexperienced in conducting investigations. Here are best practices for avoiding a legal nightmare.

From left to right: Luci Willits, Associate Vice President, Policy, Curriculum Associates; Kristopher John, Vice President, Online Assessment, Curriculum Associates; John Lovato, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, Rosemead School District (Calif.)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires all Title I schools to use evidence-based educational activities. It is crucial that administrators understand not only how the law defines evidence-based, but also how to apply that definition to their decision-making process when selecting the resources that will meet their district’s needs.

This web seminar featured a discussion about the practical implications of ESSA for administrators, and how to analyze and apply education research to help make more effective strategic decisions in a district.

What personal information is appropriate for teachers to share with their students? (Gettyimages.com: a-digit).

In fall 2017, an elementary school art teacher in Mansfield ISD in Arlington, Texas, introduced herself to her fourth-grade students with a slide show about her life. It included a photo of her partner, who the teacher presented as her future wife.

Statewide teacher strikes and walkouts in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado and Kentucky left students out of school for days while superintendents scrambled.

Matthew Mayer (pictured), along with Shane Jimerson, shaped a detailed, eight-point call to action to prevent gun violence in the U.S.. Several large school districts, among others, have signed on to support.

Matthew Mayer and Shane Jimerson shaped a detailed, eight-point call to action to prevent gun violence in the U.S.. Several large school districts, among others, have signed on to support.

Districts must start crunching the numbers based on their state regulations to meet the ESSA mandate. (Gettyimages.com: alex_doubovitsky).

In light of a looming ESSA mandate to increase transparency around education spending, district leaders have been struggling to calculate per-pupil spending by school in accordance with state and federal requirements.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids hopes the federal government will take stronger action to restrict sales of the devices, such as raising the legal purchasing age to 21. (Gettyimages: martinedoucet).

District leaders have taken a wide range of responses to curb the alarming increase in students’ use of vaping devices and e-cigarettes.

Most state standards fail to include meaningful requirements for learning about slavery. (GerryImages.com)

Schools fail to adequately teach the history of American slavery, partly because teachers lack the preparation to cover it, according to a recent study from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Source: International Labor Organization

New California laws make the state first in the nation to adopt human trafficking and sexual abuse prevention education and training for students and teachers.

States must provide more information than what’s required on federally mandated school report cards to give administrators and parents a clearer view of the education culture, according to a recent report.

Jerrod Wheeler is superintendent of Knob Noster Public Schools in Missouri.

Every professional at Knob Noster Public Schools takes seriously our role in educating children of our armed forces.

Source: Compiled by USCCR from U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data “National Public Education Financial Survey” fiscal year 2014, and NCES, “Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education School Year 2013-14” p.5 Table 1. The graph is derived from one published by USCCR p.28, http://www.usccr.gov/pubs/2018-01-10-Education-Inequity.pdf.

The federal government must take “bold action” to make education funding more equitable, says a recent report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. 

In school districts across the country, administrators and teachers unions are increasingly working together to address challenges.

Head lice are parasitic insects that feed on human blood and live close to the scalp.

Head lice policies are causing controversy throughout the country, as some districts abandon “no nit” rules that require sending home children who have nits (lice eggs) or live lice in their hair.

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