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2/26/2020

A coronavirus outbreak is expected to affect the US, and schools should begin preparations if they have not already, said Nancy Messonnier, a CDC director. While other administration officials downplayed concerns, Messonnier said schools should consider virtual options to help prevent disruptions in learning and keep students well.

2/26/2020

About 1 in 10 high-school students in Washington, D.C., report experiencing dating violence, district data shows. In response, the attorney general's office there is leading a program for teens to help them identify abusive relationships -- whether physically or emotionally harmful -- and when their friends may be in similar situations.

2/26/2020

About 500 people attended a recent conference on transitioning students with autism from high school to adulthood held by Autism New Jersey and sponsored in part by Newark Public Schools. Parents listened to speakers and attended workshops on such topics as creating a roadmap for their child's transition, technology and autism, and financial and legal needs of children with special needs.

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2/26/2020

A $50 million settlement in California over the quality of reading instruction could have implications for students in Detroit. A similar lawsuit there alleges that students' civil rights are being violated because their schools lack resources to ensure proper reading instruction.

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2/26/2020

Bryan Bassette teaches the Manhood Development Program in California's Oakland Unified School District, which includes lessons on African and African American history and mentoring. In this interview, Bassette says the lessons often are eye-opening for the students and give them a sense of pride.

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2/26/2020

The majority -- 99% -- of faculty members of a Nebraska high school have completed a free professional development program from Apple called Apple Teacher that certifies their knowledge of Macbook programs such as Keynote, iMovie and Numbers. Once they earn the Apple certification, teachers gain access to teaching tools and templates shared by other Apple Teachers to use with the company's technology in their classrooms.

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Gretna Breeze (Neb.)
2/26/2020

Only 16% of millennials correctly answered three financial questions, compared to 49% of respondents aged 70 to 74, according to a recent study. Andrea Hasler, the study's author, says the results are especially troubling as some students will soon be going into debt for their college education.

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2/26/2020

The Emmitt Till Antilynching Act, which would make lynching someone a federal crime, is up for a vote in Congress. The legislation, sponsored by Democrats including Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., and Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, has been fast tracked in hopes of signing it into law during Black History Month.

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2/26/2020

Self-care for teachers such as yoga, mindfulness and healthy eating can't on its own make up for the rigors of teaching, says Brandi Ansley, assistant professor of special education at Central Michigan University. In this opinion piece, Ansley writes that other factors such as leadership, relationships, resources, parent involvement and student participation are needed to help prevent teacher burnout.

2/26/2020

A club at Heritage High School in North Carolina is hoping to collect 2,500 new or gently used pairs of shoes that will be sent to citizens in developing countries to start a shoe business. The Best Buddies club brings students of all abilities together for community service projects.