Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in testimony before Congress this week supported the administration's proposed education budget, which includes more than $9 billion in proposed cuts and seeks to direct more funding to school-choice programs. When asked about providing funding to private schools, DeVos maintained that such decisions would fall to states, rather than the federal government.
It is important to identify students with dyslexia as early as possible, writes fifth-grade teacher Kyle Redford. In this blog post, Redford shares that students with undiagnosed dyslexia often mistakenly label themselves as "stupid."
More teachers are incorporating media literacy into their classes, such as a journalism teacher who uses a curriculum from the nonprofit News Literacy Project about reliable sources, newsworthiness and news gathering. A lawmaker in California has proposed a bill to assemble a panel of teachers and others to create guidelines for teaching students how to recognize fake news.
Yiddish is still spoken and read among some Jewish expatriates in Singapore, though the Diasporic Jewish language is used by fewer people there and throughout the world, according to this article. Interviewed speakers say the language, which has been listed as endangered by UNESCO, connects users to family and community in Singapore and elsewhere.
Eighth-grade students who learned US history with the help of short video games showed improved critical-thinking skills, and those who used games during assessments outperformed their peers, according to a forthcoming study of students in seven states. A separate study shows that a video game used in some Florida schools helped boost students' vocabulary skills.
Aerospace engineering students from a Texas school district this week are planning to showcase a two-seat Vans RV-12 airplane that they built. The 24 students involved are enrolled in a dual-credit program the school launched with a nonprofit group, its city and Project Lead the Way.
Language arts teacher Ariel Sacks in this blog post shares a poetry lesson that offers insight into her students' concerns about the future. Sacks created a poetry-writing station in which students used books to predict the future and revealed questions around subjects such as life on Mars, maintaining old customs and the end of the world.
Forty-one of the 51 metro areas that contain more than 1 million people became less dense between 2010 and 2016, data show. Seattle saw the greatest gain in density, while San Antonio and Austin, Texas, saw the largest losses in density.
The extent of the casualties associated with a tornado is more closely related to the intensity of the storm than it is to the number of people who live in the area, researchers have found. The study, led by Florida State University geographer Tyler Fricker, analyzed 872 casualty-causing tornadoes that occurred between 2007 and 2015.
Some education experts say having key positions still vacant in the US Education Department could affect the process of approving and revising states' Every Student Succeeds Act plans. A department spokeswoman said the vacancies are not expected to affect the process, but Michael Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, noted that the department has "fewer people to deal with the issues that come up."
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