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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.

Dallas ISD’s morning drop-in centers for homeless high school students provide necessities such as take-home food, hygiene products and a place to wash clothes.

EXTRA SUPPORT—At the ESL academy, high school ELLs get after-school help with homework and other study support. Teachers from all disciplines are available while students work independently, in teams or in small groups.

A combination of grants and community outreach allowed Piscataway Township Schools to adopt a “cradle to career” approach to serve its large—and rapidly growing—population of ELLs more effectively.

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: “States Leading for Equity: Promising Practices Advancing the Equity Commitments,” 2018;  The Council of Chief State School Officers, America’s Promise Alliance  and The Aspen Institute; DAmag.me/ccsso

In 2016, state education leaders, advocates and civil rights leaders gathered together to develop actions to support education equity. A year later, 10 general equity-boosting practices have emerged from across the U.S. 

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.

When hiring teachers, districts are more likely to select better candidates if they use screening tools designed to align closely with actual classroom experiences and expectations.

After February’s deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, there was no shortage of suggestions for improving school security, ranging from adding more guards to arming teachers.

More than half of the states have earned passing marks for developing financially literate students, but nearly 30 percent of states scored a D or worse.

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.

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