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WARDROBE FUNCTIONS—Evanston Township High School District relaxed its dress code after students protested, saying the rules unfairly targeted girls. No disruptions due to students’ clothing choices have occurred since the change.

“Don’t blame boys’ bad behavior on the way we dress.” That’s the message that led Santa Fe Public Schools in New Mexico to adjust its dress code in spring 2018.

A recent study of completed and ongoing superintendent tenure in the 100 largest school districts shows that the average completed tenure is 6.16 years, while the current ongoing average is 3.8 years.

Source: The Broad Center, May 2018

Math understanding at the elementary and middle school levels has increased over the last 30 years, but has stagnated in high school.

Jeremy Baugh, principal at Lew Wallace School 107 in Indianapolis, has implemented the Opportunity Culture initiative, where excellent teachers receive higher salaries to coach teams of educators.

ALTERNATE ROUTES—Students in a growing number of cities travel to class and other school activities via services such as Hop, Skip, Drive. The company hires parents and other caregivers as drivers.

The K12 transportation landscape is getting increasingly complex, as districts wrestle with issues ranging from school choice and questions of equity to how to subsidize mass transit for urban students.

A student's “hidden digital tattoo” is the information collected surreptitiously through browsers or social media profiles that may impact the ads and information they see online. (Gettyimages.com: altmodern).

As privacy concerns surge ever higher, some educators are pushing to replace the concept of “digital footprints”—the trail of data created by internet use—with “digital tattoos.”

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.

A June study published in the Economics of Education Review says that shortening school weeks may cut costs for districts, but also increases the crime rates of students. (Gettyimages.com: pixomedesign).

Shortening school weeks may cut costs for districts, but the practice also increases student crime rates, according to a June study published in the Economics of Education Review.

The Administration for Native Americans says that, of the 245 indigenous languages in the U.S., about 65  are extinct and 75 are near extinction. (Gettyimages.com: mvp64).

The Department of Education has begun accepting applications for $2.3 million in grants that will teach Native American languages to a new generation of children.

BOOKSTORE BROWSING—Nearly 60 of Baltimore County Public Schools’ libraries have reorganized shelves to emulate bookstores, with books grouped by genre rather than the Dewey Decimel System. Students find it easier to help themselves.

School libraries increasingly use “genrefication”—the reorganization of collections by genre as opposed to the traditional Dewey Decimal System—to boost circulation.

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