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School Choice & Charters As Private School Choice Grows, Critics Push for More Guardrails
Calls are growing for more scrutiny over where state funds for private school choice go and how students are faring in the classroom.
Mark Lieberman, January 16, 2024
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Displayed is a Glock 17 pistol fitted a with a cable style gun lock in Philadelphia on May 10, 2023.
Displayed is a Glock 17 pistol fitted a with a cable style gun lock in Philadelphia on May 10, 2023.
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School Climate & Safety Gunlocks to Be Given Free to Tucson Unified Schools' Families Who Ask
Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo says students often come to school with unauthorized firearms because adults don't have gun locks.
Jessica Votipka, Arizona Daily Star, December 7, 2023
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A middle school science team collaborates on their upcoming lessons at Sutton Middle School in Atlanta on Feb. 13, 2020.
A middle school science team collaborates on upcoming lessons at Sutton Middle School in Atlanta on Feb. 13, 2020.
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Teaching Profession From Our Research Center Teachers’ Stress Trickles Down to Students. Here's What Schools Are Doing About It
The past few years in the classroom have been grueling. But there are things districts can do to help teachers. Here are some examples.
Madeline Will, October 16, 2023
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School & District Management Got AC? How Schools Are Coping With Record-Breaking Temperatures
No AC, sweating at bus stops, and sizzling playground equipment are among schools' concerns.
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High school senior Areion Coln drinks water after football practice in Richardson, Texas, on July 24, 2023.
High school senior Areion Coln drinks water after football practice in Richardson, Texas, on July 24, 2023.
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School Climate & Safety High School Athletes Start Fall Workouts Amid Record-Breaking Heat
Most heat-related injuries can be avoided if schools implement best practices. 
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School Choice & Charters Private School Choice Programs Are Having a Moment. But It's Not All Smooth Sailing
Several states have passed private school choice programs with universal eligibility. But some have seen road bumps as they implement them.
Mark Lieberman, June 16, 2023
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Protesters cheer outside Senate chambers at the Indiana Statehouse on March 22, 2023, in Indianapolis. Indiana schools may soon be required to notify parents if their child requests a name or pronoun change at school, after state Senators on April 10, 2023, advanced a bill that some worry could out transgender kids to their parents.
Protesters cheer at the Indiana Statehouse on March 22, 2023, in Indianapolis. Indiana schools may soon be required to notify parents if their child requests a name or pronoun change at school, after state lawmakers advanced a bill that some advocates worry could out transgender kids to their parents.
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Equity & Diversity Pronouns for Trans, Nonbinary Students: The States With Laws That Restrict Them in Schools
Under the laws, teachers aren’t required to use trans or nonbinary students’ requested pronouns.
Eesha Pendharkar, June 14, 2023
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School & District Management How Can You Tell What Students Need to Succeed at School? Ask Them
Some administrators let students drive purchasing decisions, shape dress code policies, and voice their concerns directly.
Mark Lieberman, May 24, 2023
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School Choice & Charters Do Vouchers and ESAs Take Money From Public Schools? How States Fund School Choice
Republican state lawmakers have ramped up programs that dedicate public funds for parents to spend on their children’s private education.
Mark Lieberman, May 8, 2023
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Second grade students on the steering committee at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School take a break from assisting with polling on April 14, 2023.
Second grade students at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School take a break from assisting with polling how $2,000 in school improvement money should be spent, on April 14, 2023. The Phoenix school allows young students to lead plans for beautification or enrichment.
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Budget & Finance If You Gave Elementary School Students $2K, How Would They Spend It?
Some Arizona elementary students opted to add healthy snacks to campus, sports equipment, and a game room.
Denisa R. Superville, April 28, 2023
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School Choice & Charters Explainer Education Savings Accounts, Explained
Four states this year have passed laws allowing any parent to spend public dollars on private school tuition or other education expenses.
Libby Stanford & Mark Lieberman, March 27, 2023
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School Choice & Charters Opinion A Charter Academy Delivering a ‘Classical’ Education Grows in Popularity
At its core, Great Hearts Academy seeks to foster virtuous human beings, explains the schools' CEO.
Rick Hess, February 16, 2023
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Recruitment & Retention States Are Making It Easier to Become Substitute Teachers
But some question whether that's a good idea.
Elizabeth Heubeck, February 9, 2023
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Cyndi Tercero-Sandoval, the family and community engagement manager at the Phoenix Union High School District, in Phoenix, Ariz., meets with community liaisons at Carl Hayden High School.
Cyndi Tercero-Sandoval, the family and community engagement manager at the Phoenix Union High School District, in Phoenix, Ariz., meets with community liaisons at Carl Hayden High School.
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Budget & Finance Q&A Letting Students Decide Where Money Should Go: How One District Did It
Cyndi Tercero-Sandoval leads an effort to let Phoenix Union High students decide how significant chunks of money are spent.
Mark Lieberman, February 6, 2023
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