Trump-inspired fear in classrooms and the nomination of a school voucher leader and billionaire for U.S. secretary of education are among our picks.
California Proposition 58 reverses the misguided requirement that English language learners (ELL) be taught only in English, and provides English speaking students with the opportunity to learn a second language.
Ninety percent of educators nationwide report that school climate has been negatively affected since the presidential election.
“We walked out to show that we are not afraid—we are facing fear by standing up for what we believe in. It’s our way of saying to our community you can count on us.”
“To ask students to study a world in which they can’t see themselves is to relegate them to a blindness of the soul and a crippling of the spirit.”
The presidential election set off a firestorm of anxiety in schools, and in response districts are being increasingly vocal about protecting the rights of students.
“Girls are more conscious of their behavior and we’ve seen visible signs of improvement around relationships, which was one of our biggest challenges.”
Voters said YES to better school funding in Maine, California, and Washoe County, Nevada.
In a promising sign, the U.S. Senate will have four new members, all women, who support public education.
“I’m not sure what the tone will be like over the course of the day, but I know they’re fearful. I’m going to reassure them that they are safe.”– Robert Ellis, California educator