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Sanctuary city school districts brace for executive order to withhold funds

Angela Pascopella
March, 2017
SCHOOLS SOURCE: Pew Research Center, "Overall Number of U.S. Immigrants Holds Steady Since 2009"

School districts in Los Angeles and other sanctuary cities are bracing for an impact from President Trump’s executive order to withhold federal support from sanctuary cities.

K12 educators, lawmakers divided over graduation tests

Jessica Terrell
February, 2017
In the last two years, Multiple states, including California and Arizona, have dropped or suspended exit exams in high schools.

Efforts to implement new high school graduation exams in Ohio and New Jersey are faltering, as some educators grow more concerned about the number of students struggling to meet the strict requirements. 

Getting literal about media literacy in K12

Steven Wyman-Blackburn
February, 2017
“The solution is always ‘Google it.’ And that’s what happens. I have a problem with ‘Google it.’” —Kenneth Eastwood, superintendent, Middletown City School District in New York, referring to media literacy as the solution in schools

The issue of fake news drew national attention during the 2016 presidential campaign, when fabricated stories were widely accepted as genuine. According to recent research, the problem extends to K12 classrooms, where students have trouble judging the credibility of online information.

More schools teaching students how to respond to police

Matt Zalaznick
January, 2017
DEFUSE A PROBLEM—Miami Assistant Public Defender Tammy Gray, standing at right, teaches local students about their rights when detained by police officers and how to behave to prevent encounters from escalating.

Try to stay calm. Don’t start cursing. Keep your hands off the cops. But know that you have rights—like remaining silent and taking note of witnesses. Such knowledge can prevent police interactions from escalating out of control when teenagers get pulled over or otherwise encounter law enforcement.

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