Some students are taking school safety into their own hands by designing devices to secure classrooms. A high-school student in Wisconsin has designed a heavy-duty door lock, which was then purchased by schools in his district and other neighboring districts.
The US Department of Education is seeking public comment around forgiving loans for students claiming "undue hardship." The move comes as several Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation that would allow students to discharge federal loans during a bankruptcy.
The "banking model" of education -- in which students deposit knowledge and give it back in assignments and tests to prove learning -- doesn't always connect all students to learning, writes National Board Certified Teacher Elizabeth Stein. In this blog post, she encourages educators to move away from a "banking model" approach to education to improve outcomes for all students.
Students at a Florida high school recently talked with film director Ferenc Torok about his movie "1945," an adaptation of a short story about two Holocaust survivors who return to their village after the war. The black-and-white film, which took Torok 10 years to make, shares what happened after the Holocaust, a perspective not previously explored by some of the students.
Students at an Arizona elementary school recently wrote letters to President Donald Trump about a proposal to overturn a ban on uranium mining in their area. Students shared their concerns in the letters, which will be hand-delivered to the White House by a state lawmaker and a Havasupai Tribe representative.
A Pennsylvania elementary school's students are learning science, technology, engineering and math concepts by engaging in problem-solving activities. As part of the Engineering is Elementary program for an early introduction of STEM, kindergartners have been making Rube Goldberg machines to learn about force, friction and gravity.
The number of students taking Advanced Placement tests and scoring a three or higher has increased about 70% over the past decade, according to The College Board. Data from 2017 show Massachusetts leading the pack in test access and performance.
Special-education teachers sometimes can feel isolated, special-education teacher Jayne Clare writes. In this blog post, she offers ideas, such as team teaching, that can help special-education teachers build connections with fellow educators.
Targeting "anchor institutions" in rural areas, such as schools, colleges and health care providers, could help dramatically expand access, according to the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition. The group estimates the effort would cost less than $20 billion.
Some students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the site of a recent school shooting on Feb. 14, lobbied state lawmakers to take action on an assault weapons ban. Lawmakers on Tuesday declined to take up the motion.
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