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10/20/2017

A lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court challenges US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' guidance for universities regarding sexual assault claims. At issue, according to the nonprofit organization Equal Means Equal, is that the revised standard for proof is in violation of federal rights law.

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10/20/2017

Many states have shortages of special-education teachers, with one report showing only 36% of students with special needs in California are taught by a teacher with at least preliminary teaching credentials. The Los Angeles Unified School District is addressing this shortage by offering tuition assistance to paraprofessionals working on their teaching certificates.

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Education Dive
10/20/2017

Middle-school students in Illinois learned about the 1770 Boston Massacre by holding a mock trial for Capt. Thomas Preston, the British officer in charge during the incident in which five colonists died. Social studies teacher Matt Lakemacher said the activity offered a hands-on way to learn about history.

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10/20/2017

A Michigan district is raising funds to place a therapy dog at each of its schools after seeing benefits of its two current therapy dogs. The dogs spend time with different classes supporting students, taking on tasks such as calming an anxious child or being read to by young students.

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10/19/2017

The US Department of Education is warning school districts about threats from hackers who say they will release stolen, private data unless they receive payment. Districts in three states have been targeted by this cyberthreat.

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CNN
10/19/2017

Educators should strive to help all students enjoy school, elementary-school teacher Justin Minkel writes. In this commentary, he shares how he ignored his students' happiness earlier in his career and how he made changes this year to encourage his first-graders' joy for school, including giving them more autonomy.

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10/19/2017

An Advanced Placement Seminar class at a Philadelphia high school is engaging students in research and writing to prepare them for college-level work. Students analyze arguments in model texts, research and write essays, and make presentations on their work throughout the school year.

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Philadelphia High School, AP
10/19/2017

A New Zealand thrash metal rock band is among music groups using the Maori language and history in songs. Lewis de Jong, one of a group of teenagers fluent in Maori who make up the band Alien Weaponry, says the music "helps us bring light to some unjust actions in the past."

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10/19/2017

An all-boys public school in Washington, D.C., has replaced suspensions with restorative justice. With this approach, students focus on getting to the root of the problem and work with a "care team" -- a psychologist, social worker and counselors.

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National Public Radio
10/19/2017

School leaders must take a deliberate approach to innovation under the Every Student Succeeds Act, according to a report from the Christensen Institute. The report highlights examples of innovation and outlines how to use more innovative methods in schools.

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T.H.E. Journal
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