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4/8/2021

The US Education Department cited Washington, D.C.'s high number of remote students and concerns about safe spaces for test administration in its decision issued this week to grant a broad waiver from the annual assessments required by the Every Student Succeeds Act. The department also said Oregon may reduce the number of tests it gives but did not permit Michigan and Montana to use local tests instead of state assessments, and did not grant New York's request to cancel testing.

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Education Week
4/8/2021

A $12.1 million bump in state education funding for the next fiscal year recommended by Ill. Governor J.B. Pritzker will not be enough to allow schools to overcome pandemic-related equity issues or address a $4,500-per-student funding gap among some schools, Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Darren Reisberg and Advance Illinois advocacy group President Robin Steans say. The board is asking instead for a 4.6% -- or $406.5 million -- increase compared with the current year.

4/7/2021

Almost 46% of public schools in the US were open to in-person instruction five days a week in February, yet only 34% of students were participating in full-time, in-person learning, according to data released today by President Joe Biden's administration. The data shows that more older students are learning online, and more students in the South and Midwest are learning in person.

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The Associated Press
4/7/2021

Since the start of the pandemic, there has been a heightened focus on student engagement. Educators have grappled with how to keep students showing up, paying attention, and putting in a high level of work and enthusiasm, even as those students dealt with the profound trauma of a tumultuous year. Yet, we know that even before the pandemic, not all students were fully engaged and invested in school and that engagement will continue to be important beyond Covid. Read this guide that addresses 7 common student challenges and presents simple, effective strategies to address them in virtual, hybrid, and in-classroom settings. Get the Guide.

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info.betterlesson.com
4/7/2021

COVID-19 testing and screening was "an absolute game changer" that allowed Gower School District 62 in Illinois to reopen for in-person learning full time in August, Superintendent Victor Simon explained in a recent webinar. Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Diana Greene of Jacksonville, Fla., shared layered mitigation solutions her district devised when faced with obstacles related to budget and space.

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K-12 Dive
4/7/2021

Students in seventh through 12th grades at Saint Joseph's Catholic School in Mississippi are learning about broadcast journalism in an elective course. The students learn the ins and outs of the news business and produce a live, three-hour broadcast on Friday evenings.

4/7/2021

Words have power, and teachers can be mindful of the words and "scripts" they use when interacting with students, according to Jim Dillon, an educational consultant for Measurement Inc. and veteran educator. In this blog post, Dillon recommends teachers remove "should" from their vocabulary and foster language that embraces mistakes and problems.

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SmartBrief/Education
4/7/2021

Schools can safely welcome students back to in-person instruction, US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said during a visit to Philadelphia Tuesday as part of the administration's Help is Here tour. During his visit, he spoke with district staff, a teacher and parent at a local elementary school.

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Chalkbeat
4/7/2021

As schools start to plan for next school year, student voice must be at the forefront of this conversation. Despite our longing to return to normalcy, we cannot simply go back to the way things were pre-pandemic. Our practices left behind too many of our students. Instead, we have a true opportunity to reimagine school for our students, with our students. Full Story: BetterLesson Blog (3/30)

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blog.betterlesson.com
4/7/2021

Private-school leaders in Kentucky are celebrating the passage of school-choice legislation. Owensboro Catholic Schools Chief Administrative Officer Keith Osborne said the legislation was a priority and gives parents more say in their child's education.

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Owensboro Times (Ky.)