The E-rate program has helped bring fiber internet to more schools, but a gap still exists in rural schools, asserts Evan Marwell, CEO and founder of EducationSuperHighway. Marwell notes that E-rate funding requests to install fiber internet to rural schools are denied 30% of the time -- compared with 4% for other projects.
Some school districts have replaced paper-based visitor systems with high-tech solutions. Efforts include kiosks that perform background checks, plus issue badges and email-based communication systems about visitors.
Students enrolled in a virtual school in Colorado performed better when accessing face-to-face interactions on a physical campus, which prompted school leaders to expand interaction opportunities. In this commentary, Rochelle Kolhouse, who worked as an instructional coach during the expansion, writes about the school model.
The California Healthy Youth Act requires schools to address human trafficking and sexual-abuse prevention. Superintendent Roger Stock said his district adopted a program this semester to be "preventative rather than reactive."
The number of children who drew a female when asked to draw a scientist has increased over the past five decades, according to an analysis of children's drawings in 78 studies over 50 years. Researchers also found that younger children were more likely to draw a female scientist.
Students with disabilities are placed in inclusive settings more often at charter schools than at traditional public schools, according to a report by the nonprofit National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools. Data show almost 85% of students in charters were placed in general-education classrooms for most of the day, compared with 68% of students at traditional schools.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is encouraging school leaders to adopt in-class and grab-and-go breakfast programs to expand students' access to morning meals. Bullock says that addressing student hunger is key to ensuring students have the ability to reach their full potential.
Children and adolescents who experienced family homelessness were more likely to report emotional distress, self-injury, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts, compared with nonhomeless peers, researchers reported in Pediatrics. The findings also showed that developmental assets -- such as self-esteem, social competency, school and parent connectedness, empowerment, and academic orientation -- had a slightly less protective effect against adverse emotional health outcomes among those who were homeless.
One South Carolina school district is offering a $9,000 pay boost to math teachers who agree to work at any of the 16 high-poverty schools in the county. The district has lost nearly half of its math teachers over the past two years, and officials hope the salary increase will improve recruitment and retention.
Some older students with special needs at a Georgia high school have found success with obtaining employment after completing Project Search internships at a local hospital, instructor Doug Hughes said. Students learn job skills while working in various departments in the hospital through the program.