The Weekly Connect 3/20/17

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These are some of the things we’ve been reading about:

President Trump’s budget calls for a 13.5 percent cut to the U.S. Department of Education. But there would be an additional $1.4 billion to promote school choice.

Compared to 12 years ago, kindergarteners are entering school with more math and literacy skills.

Another story explores the impact that incarcerating parents has on children.

Efforts to close the achievement gap between ELL-Hispanic and white students appear to be working.

And some schools are reluctant to call snow days because they want students to have access to the free breakfast and lunch programs.

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The Weekly Connect 3/13/17

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These are some of the things we’ve been reading about:

School districts could be affected by changes to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) because schools receive Medicaid funding to pay for services for children in special education.

There’s an experimental app for that: It lets parents know when their children miss classes or don’t turn in assignments. So far, the app has reduced course failures and improved attendance.

Schools can successfully make radical changes to improve education. Just look at Louisiana and Massachusetts.

Researchers say that all elementary school students should have daily recess.

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The Weekly Connect 3/6/17

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These are some of the things we’ve been reading about:

Educators are figuring out how to protect undocumented students.

Kindergartens are stating school with more academic skills then their peers have had in the past.

One study finds a link between after-school programs and improved knowledge of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

Transgender and gender fluid teens are struggling to find safe harbors.

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The Weekly Connect 2/27/17

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Questions persist about an ESSA (the Every Student Succeeds Act) spending provision that wasn’t finalized during the Obama administration.

Students who believe their schools are unfair may face long-term effects.

Head Start could function as a test site for innovations in early education.

Boston-area suburbs are seeing more poverty. Some towns have twice as many needy students as they did 10 years ago.

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The Weekly Connect 2/20/17

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These are some of the things we’ve been reading about:

Plans to implement ESSA (the Every Student Succeeds Act) get a thumbs up from Betsy DeVos, the new U.S. Secretary of Education.

Latino children lag in math skills, but there are ways to close this gap.

A British study says that moving into poverty can damage children’s mental health, and

ADHD is linked to delayed brain development.

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The Weekly Connect 2/13/17

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These are some of the things we’ve been reading about:

Betsy DeVos is the new U.S. Secretary of Education… and John King, who just stepped down as education secretary, is going to lead the Education Trust, a national nonprofit that promotes high educational achievement for all students.

A strong, positive school climate can protect middle school students from the upheavals of adolescence and help them do better in math and reading.

Research shows that New York’s work with community schools is paying off.

More preschools are providing health education as the links between health and learning receive more attention.

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The Weekly Connect 2/6/17

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These are some of the things we’ve been reading about:

The Trump administration has delayed the release of regulations about identifying failing schools.

Two stories touch on hunger: in one food insecurity compromises children’s behavior and academic performance. The second story looks at poor students in Virginia and how school officials are helping them cope with the hunger and trauma they face outside school.

Boston schools are looking for an additional $1 million to help homeless children.

And a new study has found that children who are physically active are less depressed.

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The Weekly Connect 1/30/17

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These are some of the things we’ve been reading about:

Schools aren’t using data that’s available to them to make decisions. Instead educators are relying on assumptions and intuition, making it tough to improve education.

Skipping a grade used to be common, but now only an estimated 1 percent of students skip. This leaves behind others who could benefit from moving ahead.

Some schools are taking a “trauma-informed” approach to working with students who have been exposed to chronic violence, abuse, and deprivation.

Being incarcerated as a juvenile is linked to health problems later in life.

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