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Weekly News Round-Up for October 6th
posted by: Melissa | October 06, 2017, 06:01 PM   

Each week, NWPE brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week saw educators fall victim in the largest mass shooting in U.S. history and Kansas faces a new ruling on school funding.

Largest Mass Shooting in U.S. History Kills Educators: This week saw another mass shooting, this one the largest in US history. Among the victims were several educators. They included Sandra Casey, a special education teacher; Jennifer Parks, a kindergarten teacher; Susan Smith, a school’s office manager; Lisa Romero, a discipline secretary; Jessica Klymchuk, a school librarian; and Bill Wolfe, Jr., a coach.

Kansas Supreme Court Rules Schools Underfunded: On Monday, the Kansas Supreme Court handed down a ruling that the state had still not adequately funded its public education system. The ruling gives the state until July 2018 to come up with a new funding formula.

Deputy Education Secretary Nominated: President Trump nominated Mick Zais for deputy secretary of education this week, the 2nd in charge of the department. Mick Zais is a former education chief for South Carolina, a proponent for school choice, and an opponent to the Common Core State Standards.

Florida Schools Prepare for Puerto Rican Students: As the damage from Hurricane Maria is assessed, it’s becoming clear that it will be months before the island recovers, meaning that it will be some time before schools on the island open again. With such a dire picture of the island’s future, many residents are fleeing to the mainland and schools in hotspots like Florida are preparing as best they can for a new influx of students. Offering some relief, Florida Virtual School is allowing Puerto Rican students to take classes for free, even if they haven’t yet resettled to the mainland.

October 4th Was Walk to School Day: International Walk to School Day was this past Wednesday. The day is designed to help encourage student health and pedestrian safety by having students walk to school instead of being driven by parents. To celebrate the day, students across the country met in neighborhoods and walked to their school building while being accompanied by parents and teachers.

Also Happening:

Testing widens rift between GA governor and state school chief

Fresno Unified preparing for potential teacher strike

Superintendent says Pilgrim High closed Friday due to teacher ‘sick out’

Schools scrap speech by Palestinian after Jewish students report harassment

Poll: Californians lean toward school choice, away from testing

Sioux Falls School District accepted into national network of innovative schools

Dallas, PA teachers head back to work, but another strike looms

SD teacher salaries jump 8.8 percent in 2017

LAUSD’s ‘pro-charter’ school board isn’t ticking off charter wish list items just yet

Marquette teachers union members join striking

Two teachers arrested after failing to report student’s sexual assault

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