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Shrine Catholic Schools, Royal Oak, Michigan. Faith. Family. Future.
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Parkway Christian School, Sterling Heights, Michigan. Challenging Minds. Capturing Hearts. Cultivating Gifts.
Franklin Road Christian School, Novi, Michigan. a K-12, coeducational, college-preparatory school with a nondenominational Christian philosophy.
Southfield Christian, Southfield, Michigan. Pursuing Excellence for the Glory of God.
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‘Astounding ignorance of the law’: Civil rights groups slam DeVos for saying schools can report undocumented students

Civil rights groups slammed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for saying Tuesday that schools can decide whether to report undocumented students to immigration enforcement officials, saying her statements conflict with the law and could raise fears among immigrant students. DeVos’s answers came during testimony before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.), an immigrant from the Dominican Republic who was at one time undocumented, pressed the secretary for her positions on immigration enforcement. (Washington Post)

 

Five basic things Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wouldn’t — or couldn’t — answer at House hearing

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos appeared before the House education committee on Tuesday to discuss the policies and priorities of the department she leads, but there were some things she just wouldn’t — or couldn’t — say. DeVos has been running the department for a little more than a year, and the controversy that marked the start of her tenure — her Senate confirmation was secured only after Mike Pence became the first vice president in history to break a tie for a Cabinet nominee — has not dissipated. There’s more than one reason for this: Critics see her lack of experience with public education as a problem. (Washington Post)

 

The Future of AI Depends on High-School Girls

During her freshman year, Stephanie Tena, a 16-year-old programmer, was searching the internet for coding programs and came across a website for an organization called AI4All, which runs an artificial-intelligence summer camp for high-schoolers. On the site, a group of girls her age were gathered around an autonomous car in front of the iconic arches of Stanford’s campus. “AI will change the world,” the text read. “Who will change AI?” Tena thought maybe she could. She lives in a trailer park in California’s Central Valley; her mom, a Mexican immigrant from Michoacán, picks strawberries in the nearby fields. (Atlantic)

 

In Chicago, Student 'Peace Warriors' Spread Message of Healing and Nonviolence

At his desk at North Lawndale College Prep High School, Gerald Smith keeps a small calendar that holds unimaginable grief. In its pages, the dean and student advocate writes the name of each student who's lost a family member, many of them to gun violence. And then he deploys the Peace Warriors—students who have dedicated themselves to easing the violence that pervades their world. The Warriors seek out their heartbroken classmates. They offer a hug, and a small bag of candy. (Education Week)

 

The Futility of Trying to Prevent More School Shootings

The 17-year-old who killed 10 people at Santa Fe High School, in Texas, allegedly used his father’s shotgun and .38 revolver. After a firefight with police, he surrendered, saying he did not have the courage to kill himself, as he had planned, Governor Greg Abbott told reporters. In the hours after the May 18 attack, some students were shocked that Dimitrios Pagourtzis felled his classmates and two substitute teachers with buckshot. He played defensive tackle on the football team. He made honor roll. He is not known to have a criminal record, according to Abbott. Just the day before, he had been joking around with friends on a field trip to a waterpark. Others found him disturbing, often wearing a trench coat, said his classmates, and, on that day, a black T-shirt with the haunting message: BORN TO KILL. (Atlantic)

Related stories:

> Huffington Post: Parents Of School Shooting Victims Decry ‘Moronic’ GOP Platitudes

> Education Week: Parkland Survivors and Other Youth Activists: 'You're Going to Listen to Us' on Gun Violence

 

What you don’t know about the schools at the top of U.S. News’ 2018 high school rankings

Another year, another set of rankings from U.S. News & World Report — the 2018 America’s Best High Schools. Sigh. What does U.S. News think “best” means? According to the magazine’s methodology for the list, the answer mostly involves standardized test scores and graduation rates. Never mind that the former are limited in what they tell us about a school, and the latter are, and have repeatedly been, easily fudged in one way or another. For 2018, U.S. News gave charter schools — which are publicly funded but privately operated — seven of the top 10 spots, including the top three, which are part of Arizona’s BASIS charter network. (Washington Post)

 

Are Teacher Strikes Illegal? Depends Where You Are and Who You Ask

Teachers have walked off their jobs in five state in recent weeks and months to protest the impact of low state education budgets on the classroom, including on their paychecks. Have they been engaged in strikes? Aren't strikes by public employees typically illegal? The answers to those questions have been obscured by differing opinions, fast-moving events, and the raw political power exhibited by the teachers. (Education Week)

 

One Ohio School’s Quest to Rethink Bad Behavior

In education, initiatives tend to roll down from above. A district buys a new curriculum, or gets funding for a new program, and principals receive their marching orders, which they in turn hand down to teachers below. That’s not the case at Ohio Avenue Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio. The 19th-century corniced brick building is perhaps an unlikely home for experimental methods of nurturing children’s developing brains. The surrounding streets are lined with abandoned buildings, pawn shops, cash-advance outlets, and dollar stores. (Atlantic)

 

The Teachers Are Winning. What Does It Mean for the Profession?

The extraordinary wave of teacher strikes highlights these crucial but often forgotten facts: In number, teachers are the largest profession in the United States. And collectively, they have the power to demand and win changes to funding and salaries. It's a stark reminder in an era characterized by diminishing labor influence. And yet political scientists, researchers, and labor-watchers say it's tough to predict how teachers' reawakened activism will continue to evolve. (Education Week)

 

My kids hate school. Can you blame them?

Opinion: My sixth-grade son Leo hates school, though “hate” is not a strong enough word. Upon boarding the bus, he might as well be headed to the Gulag. Sagging beneath the wide straps of his backpack, he is an 11-year-old boy on a death march. School days in Wisconsin are not what they used to be. I’ve counted the backlog of emails from Leo’s school address to my work account — 21 in just eight months. I hate being here. I hate this school so much. I just wanna come home. Please pick me up. Once he just wrote, “Help.” I panicked and called the main office. He was fine, but only kind-of. Leo’s SOS signals tended to pop up when I was teaching English nearby at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. I jotted back things like “Oh, Buddy. Do you want me to pick you up after school? I could take you for ice cream!” (Salon)

 

What ails education? ‘An absence of vision, a failure of will and politics’

We have long benefited from a broad coalition that has advanced bold action to improve America’s education system. That coalition has waned. It’s time to rebuild it. Today, education is blessed with bipartisan agreement on what works, and cursed with bipartisan complacency at every level on taking action. Both sides recognize the need to balance strong federal accountability with local innovation; to support high standards for teachers; and to encourage choice and diversity while keeping public schools as the core focus of national policy. (Washington Post)

 

Betsy DeVos was asked, again, about visiting struggling schools. A staffer interjected.

While attending a robotics competition in her home state of Michigan this past week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was asked by a reporter if she had plans to visit some of the struggling schools in the area — the same question that journalist Lesley Stahl asked her during a “60 Minutes” interview a month ago. Her answer then — “Maybe I should” — was highly criticized. Her answer Friday was more resolute. “I’m not making any school visits today,” DeVos told WDIV Local 4 News reporter Priya Mann, who asked if DeVos would visit Detroit public schools, some of which weren’t far from where the event was taking place. (Washington Post)

Related story:

> Chalkbeat: Betsy DeVos’s first Detroit visit featured Girl Scouts, robots, and talk of beluga whales

> Detroit News: DeVos comes to Detroit for robotics competition

 

Los Angeles Selects Former Investment Banker As Superintendent

The Los Angeles school district has chosen a former investment banker, deputy mayor, and philanthropist with no experience leading a school district, to run the country's second-largest school system. Austin Beutner, who founded the non-profit Vision to Learn, which provides free eye screenings and eyeglasses to low-income students, was selected by a 5-2 vote on Tuesday. He will replace Michelle King, the longtime LAUSD educator who left on medical leave last year and announced in January that she had cancer and would not return as superintendent. The selection of a non-educator to run the complex district appears to be another indication that the school board—which has a pro-charter majority—is moving in a new direction. The LA Times notes that charter school growth would likely be encouraged to increase options for students. (Education Week)

 

The nation’s top teachers met with Betsy DeVos, and not all of them were thrilled with what she had to say

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos met privately with the nation’s top teachers Monday and asked them to talk about the obstacles they face in doing their jobs. At least one of those teachers told DeVos that some of her policies are hurting public education. “We have a problem where public money is siphoned off from the public schools and given to children who are going to charter and private schools,” Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Jon Hazell said. DeVos’s response shocked him, he said. (Washington Post)

 

Arizona Teachers Face Heavy Resistance as They Continue to Strike

On the second day of the historic Arizona teacher strike, a conservative group has sent letters to school superintendents in the state with a warning: Require teachers to return to work, or parents and students might sue. The Goldwater Institute, a Phoenix-based think tank, has told school leaders that the strike is illegal and violates students' constitutional right to be guaranteed an education. The letter charges that districts closed as part of "a coordinated plan" to allow teachers to skip work without penalty. (If districts had remained open, teachers would have had to use personal leave to miss work. Many district leaders have said they had to close schools because they didn't have sufficient staff to care for students.) (Education Week)

 

Corporal punishment lives on: Students nationwide are being paddled, restrained

Immediately following the massive student walkout to protest gun violence on March 14, I was stunned to read an article about three students who had been paddled — literally smacked on the backside with a wooden bat — for participating in the protest. All three were enrolled in a public high school in Greenbrier, Arkansas, and according to the brief news account, they had "chosen" this punishment over in-school suspension so that they would not miss class or lose eligibility to participate in team sports. Can this be legal, I wondered? (Salon)

 

Shutdown of Texas schools probe shows Trump administration pullback on civil rights

Beside a highway in Bryan, Texas, tucked between a motorcycle bar and the county jail, stands a low-slung, sprawling complex with tinted windows, sandstone walls and barbed wire lining parts of its roof. A roadside sign identifies it as the Brazos County Juvenile Justice Center. One Friday afternoon last October, after an incident at nearby Arthur L. Davila Middle School, a police officer arrested 13-year-old Trah’Vaeziah Jackson and brought her to the juvenile detention facility. She cried as employees patted her down, cut off her hair extensions, and took her photo and fingerprints. She was served dinner — chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes and an apple in a styrofoam box with a carton of milk — but had no appetite. (Salon)

 

Research shows a correlation between greater academic demands and a reduction in drinking, smoking and drug use.

Like all parents of teenagers, I worry that my children will engage in risky behavior, including drinking, smoking and drug use. The more time they spend doing healthier extracurricular activities — soccer, piano, cleaning their rooms (ha!) — the better. But it turns out that what they do in school can also affect their choices outside the classroom. Between 1993 and 2013, 40 states and the District of Columbia increased graduation requirements: a specified number of courses in each subject necessary for a high school diploma. The increases have been most common in mathematics and science, and may partly explain the growth in college majors in STEM fields. In 1993, states required between two and six math and science courses for high school graduation. By 2014, the range was four to eight. (New York Times)