We've been tracking the discipline gap between students of color and students with undiagnosed learning disabilities. News from the west coast that might roll across the nation to narrow that gap: LA Unified School District will no longer use "willful defiance" as a reason to suspend students.
School suspensions are a big issue in California. Last year, schools handed out 700,000 of them. But the Los Angeles Unified School District took a step to change that this week when it voted to ban suspending students deemed "willfully defiant."
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Tuesday, 2:07 p.m.
According to Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta, the state may in fact be willing to work with the district to put kids back in school soon. The Buena Vista School Board will meet tonight. If the board can approve a "deficit reduction plan" that is then approved by the state, school aid payments would begin to flow again and the school could re-open. If that doesn't work, plan B is the federally-funded skills camp model.
With a plan on the table already to close elementary and middle schools in Buena Vista, the recent budget shortfall that led to an abrupt end to the 2012-13 school year is only making worse problems for kids and parents. Michigan Radio's Sarah Hulett reports on the situation.
Infographics are the "Public Service Announcement" of our digital era: informative, easily digested, and memorable. Proponents of early childhood education haven't been left behind in using infographics to visualize stats that affirm the benefit of preschool to kids and society as a whole. But there are also some provocative scare tactics out there.
So, which is more effective? Helpful, contextualizing data or eye-catching, mildly disturbing imagery showing our future without preschool education?
If you're like me, you'll be checking out the new, one-hour TED Talk special on education, featuring Harlem Children's Zone founder Geoffrey Canada, Bill Gates and some of the country's leading education experts and thinkers. The promo video says students will also get up on stage and share their thoughts.