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Weekly News Round-Up for January 4th
posted by: Melissa | January 04, 2019, 08:12 PM   

Each week, PACE brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, more educators are quitting, more furor over arming teachers, money for early childhood education, and more!


Record Number of Educators Quitting: According to reporting by the Wall Street Journal, more educators are quitting their jobs than at any time since 2001. Educators were on pace quit at an average rate of 83 per 10,000 a month in 2018. While this number is nearly double than a few years earlier in 2009, it’s nowhere near the average for all workers, who quit at a rate of about 231 per 10,000. Some speculate that a tight private-sector labor market is luring teachers to better opportunities at a time when teacher salaries have been stagnant.


Florida School Safety Commission Releases Report: The state-appointed commission that looked into the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school released their report this week. Among the findings, the commission recommended classroom doors that lock from the inside, training for teachers, and bulletproof windows. They also pushed for arming teachers. That finding was the most divisive, at a time when the public is still widely divided over whether or not arming teachers is appropriate. Last year, parents in one Florida district filed a lawsuit over the issue with parents in Pennsylvania filing a similar lawsuit over the same issue just this week.


Louisiana Receives $8M for Early Education: The state of Louisiana received a grant this week for early education funding. Louisiana has been a leader in early childhood education, and the money is intended to help pay for legislation that was passed last year, and will help future pilot programs, along with helping communities make better choices about their existing early childhood programs and share information among themselves.


Happening Elsewhere:

School lockdowns In America

Arizona bill would punish teachers for talking politics

Black teacher sues NY school for discrimination, 'racial jeers'

16-year-old Kansas student on track to graduate high school and Harvard in same month

'It's not fair': South Florida student refutes sat cheating allegation

Several SC legislators focused on improving education, raising teacher salaries

Wyoming Department of Education launches website to track school performance

The Latest: Governor seeks change for New Mexico education

Indiana lawmaker plans bill to improve school bus safety

Discipline rates higher for Texas special education students

More Oklahoma teachers are taking nontraditional paths to the classroom, and the trend is raising new state policy questions

University of Alaska sets goal to improve teacher retention

West Virginia teachers unions plan 'walk-in' to remind lawmakers about key issues

Legislative study committee recommends later start dates for Georgia’s public schools

The Latest: Snyder signs bill to require grades for schools

Massive school district hack exposes 500,000 people—including students

L.A. school district hires hundreds of substitutes to prepare for teachers’ strike


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