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NAACP Opposes Legislation to Arm Teachers at School

Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) -- the nation’s leading civil rights organization -- issued the following statement on March 8 regarding the arming of Florida teachers with guns. Johnson said:

“The Florida Legislature voted yesterday to allow teachers to carry weapons in schools. The NAACP finds the very idea of arming teachers as a solution to gun violence utterly absurd and misguided...

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DeVos Announces New Federal Assistance for Fire-Impacted Districts

On February 28, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced new federal assistance for students and schools impacted by the 2017 California wildfires and recent hurricanes in Puerto Rico. An additional $2.7 billion, authorized by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, will be used to help K-12 school districts and schools as well as institutions of higher education (IHEs) in their recovery efforts.

"The long road to recovery continues, but these funds should provide vital support to schools and institutions to help them return to their full capabilities as quickly and effectively as possible,"...

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“Teacher Stress is at an All-Time High... Stress Interferes with Quality Instruction in Several Ways”

Q. What does your research reveal about the level of stress in the teaching profession? 
A. Teacher stress is at an all-time high. Nearly 50 percent of teachers report high daily stress during the school year. This stress is caused by dwindling school budgets that impact their resources and salaries, growing numbers of students coming to school with challenging educational and behavioral problems, demanding parents and unsupportive administrations...

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ACSA Forms Task Force to Study School Safety Issues

On March 2, the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) announced the formation of a task force in response to the growing number of school violence situations.

The task force will be led by ACSA President-elect Holly Edds. A joint email signed by Edds, ACSA President Lisa Gonzales and Executive Director Wes Smith announced the task force being formed, and immediately the association was deluged with ACSA members volunteering and wanting to be involved...

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Additional Training Can Help Principals Have High Overall Accuracy in Teacher Observation Evaluations, Study Finds

More than 90 percent of teacher evaluations in schools include direct observations by principals. However, the evaluations are often subjective, and if principals are not properly trained, the results may not be a fair representation of a teacher’s performance. A recent study at the University of Missouri...

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CDE Reminds Schools to Update School Safety Plans

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced on March 2 that the California Department of Education is taking a new step to help ensure student safety by auditing comprehensive school safety plans that are required of all schools by Education Code 32280-32288. The state compliance audit requirement will begin in the 2018-2019 school year.

Local school districts must approve safety plans for all schools in its district by March 1 of each year...

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