The #MeToo movement could be poised to enter the education sector with news that the charter-school system KIPP has fired its co-founder following credible evidence of inappropriate behavior. This article includes perspectives from six women who have experienced such behavior in the education industry.
Students in Florida who are victims of bullying, harassment and other types of violence will have access to private-school vouchers under an education bill passed into law by Gov. Rick Scott. The Hope Scholarship Program provides $6,800 annually for affected students.
A science teacher in Utah recently asked 120 ninth-grade students to complete the sentence, "What my parents don't know about social media is ..." Of the 85 responses she received, some mentioned the bullying that takes place online and others admitted they have social media accounts that they hide from their parents.
Educators in a Tennessee school district are using data to further the district's goals of college and career readiness for students. In this blog post, Superintendent Chris Marczak shares three ways his district uses data, including to measure student engagement and identify whether students need intervention.
A study in JAMA Pediatrics showed that the number of high-school students who participated in tackle football declined from a peak of 1.11 million in 2008 to 1.06 million in 2017, as reports on tackle-football-related traumatic brain injuries steadily rose since 2009. Researchers also found that 6,700 to 14,000 concussions may have been curbed by the absence of nearly 184,000 additional football players in 2017 had participation continued to increase after 2008.
The federal government has sole oversight over contractors that service student loans, according to guidance released by the US Department of Education. "State regulation of the servicing of the Federal Family Education Loan Program is preempted to the extent that it undermines uniform administration of the program," the department wrote.
Hiring from outside the education sector can help to boost education-technology innovation, writes Allison Wyatt of Edgility Consulting. In this commentary, Wyatt offers tips to help hire great edtech talent, including offering fellowships and going outside regular networks to recruit candidates.
Students at a Texas school are using technology inspired by "Pokemon Go" to learn math concepts. Fifth-grade math teacher Kayla Garner designed the lessons in which students capture Pokemon characters using tablets and QR codes.
Early warning systems via email designed to give academically at-risk college students a "nudge" had an "almost double-digit negative impact" in some cases, said Mark Milliron of Civitas Learning during a presentation at SXSWedu 2018 in Austin, Texas. Other presenters shared similar concerns about these one-size-fits-all approaches.