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Pennsylvania board’s cancellation of gay actor’s school visit ill-advised, education leaders say

Friday, April 19th, 2024

via The Associated Press

The superintendent and several other top officials of a Pennsylvania school district say their school board's cancellation of a gay actor's visit to a middle school was premature and ill-advised.

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National News

Pennsylvania school district cancel’s actor’s speech over concerns of activism, ‘lifestyle’

Pennsylvania school district cancel’s actor’s speech over concerns of activism, ‘lifestyle’

Thursday, April 18th, 2024

via The Associated Press

A Pennsylvania school district has canceled an upcoming appearance by actor and children's book author Maulik Pancholy.

School Board – General

Florida will open schools to volunteer chaplains

Florida will open schools to volunteer chaplains

Thursday, April 18th, 2024

via The Associated Press

Florida school districts will soon have the option of allowing volunteer chaplains in as student counselors. Republican Gov.

School Board – General

Georgia governor signs income tax cuts as property tax measure heads to November ballot

Georgia governor signs income tax cuts as property tax measure heads to November ballot

Thursday, April 18th, 2024

via The Associated Press

Georgians will owe less in income taxes this year and will get a chance in November to vote to cap increases in how homes are valued for property taxes. Republican Gov.

School Board – General

Two shootings, two different responses — Maine restricts guns while Iowa arms teachers

Two shootings, two different responses — Maine restricts guns while Iowa arms teachers

Thursday, April 18th, 2024

via The Associated Press

State lawmakers are taking very different approaches to public safety following high-profile shootings.

School Safety

Tennessee judge wants more information on copyright before ruling on school shooter’s writings

Tennessee judge wants more information on copyright before ruling on school shooter’s writings

Wednesday, April 17th, 2024

via The Associated Press

A Tennessee judge is weighing whether to allow the release of a Nashville school shooter's writings after a two-day hearing concluded Wednesday.

School Safety

DeSantis tweaks Florida book challenge law, blames liberal activist who wanted Bible out of schools

DeSantis tweaks Florida book challenge law, blames liberal activist who wanted Bible out of schools

Tuesday, April 16th, 2024

via The Associated Press

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has acknowledged that a law he enacted two years ago making it easier for people to challenge books in schools and libraries has caused problems for school districts.

Book Bans, Parent Involvement

Red states threaten librarians with prison — as blue states work to protect them

Red states threaten librarians with prison — as blue states work to protect them

Tuesday, April 16th, 2024

via The Washington Post

Dozens of measures advanced in recent years aim to either restrict which books libraries can offer and threaten librarians for handing out 'obscene' or 'harmful' titles -- or to prohibit such bans or harassment.

School Board – General, Book Bans, Sex Education

Book Bans Continue to Surge in Public Schools

Book Bans Continue to Surge in Public Schools

Tuesday, April 16th, 2024

via The New York Times

More books were removed during the first half of this academic year than in the entire previous one.

Book Bans, Parent Involvement

After uptick in youth violence, Prince George’s pilots ‘Safe Passage’ program

After uptick in youth violence, Prince George’s pilots ‘Safe Passage’ program

Tuesday, April 16th, 2024

via The Washington Post

A volunteer-led initiative to boost youth safety by monitoring Prince George's County students as they travel from school launched this week.

School Board – General

They quit liberal public schools. Now they teach kids to be anti-‘woke.’

They quit liberal public schools. Now they teach kids to be anti-‘woke.’

Monday, April 15th, 2024

via The Washington Post

As right-wing claims of indoctrination in public education surge, the story of two teachers explores what happens when such claims come from inside the classroom.

Racism, School Board – General

Utah school board member who questioned a student’s gender loses party nomination for reelection

Utah school board member who questioned a student’s gender loses party nomination for reelection

Saturday, April 13th, 2024

via The Washington Post

A conservative Utah State Board of Education member who faced calls to resign after lawmakers said she bullied a student on social media has lost her nomination for reelection

School Board – General

Kansas governor vetoes a ban on gender-affirming care; GOP vows override

Kansas governor vetoes a ban on gender-affirming care; GOP vows override

Saturday, April 13th, 2024

via The Washington Post

The bill would ban hormone therapy, puberty blockers and gender reassignment surgery for people under 18. A potential override vote has a slim margin for victory.

Parents

Noncitizen voting isn’t an issue in federal elections, regardless of conspiracy theories. Here’s why

Noncitizen voting isn’t an issue in federal elections, regardless of conspiracy theories. Here’s why

Friday, April 12th, 2024

via The Associated Press

Former President Donald Trump is turning to one of his favorite themes, the specter of immigrants improperly voting in federal elections.

School Board – General

Read the Special Grand Jury Report

Read the Special Grand Jury Report

Thursday, April 11th, 2024

via The New York Times

A special grand jury found that the shooting of an elementary teacher by a 6-year-old student in Newport News, Va., last year was preceded by a 'shocking' series of lapses by the school's assistant…

School Board – General, School Safety

Louisiana lawmakers quietly advance two controversial bills as severe weather hits the state

Louisiana lawmakers quietly advance two controversial bills as severe weather hits the state

Wednesday, April 10th, 2024

via The Associated Press

While state offices and schools were closed across Louisiana because of severe storms, a GOP-controlled legislative committee gathered in the Capitol to debate controversial bills that opponents say target the LGBTQ+ community.

Parents

Assistant principal ignored warnings that 6-year-old boy had gun before he shot teacher, report says

Assistant principal ignored warnings that 6-year-old boy had gun before he shot teacher, report says

Wednesday, April 10th, 2024

via The Associated Press

A grand jury report says a former assistant principal at a Virginia elementary school ignored warnings that a 6-year-old had a gun in the hours before he shot his teacher.

School Board – General

In the Oxford school shooting: historic punishment, familiar sadness

In the Oxford school shooting: historic punishment, familiar sadness

Tuesday, April 9th, 2024

via The Washington Post

The trials of Jennifer and James Crumbley overflowed with the lies the culture tells itself.

Parents

Librarians fear new penalties, even prison, as activists challenge books

Librarians fear new penalties, even prison, as activists challenge books

Tuesday, April 9th, 2024

via The Associated Press

Across the country, book bans and attempted bans have soared to the highest levels in decades. Public and school-based libraries have been inundated with complaints from community members and conservative activists.

Parents

NAIA bans all transgender women from women’s sports

NAIA bans all transgender women from women’s sports

Monday, April 8th, 2024

via The Washington Post

The association of small colleges voted Monday to ban transgender women from women's competitions starting next school year, spurring concerns among transgender-rights advocates that the NCAA may…

LGBTQ+

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