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Federal Judge Quashes Texas Mask Mandate Ban

Judge says ban on school mask mandates violates Americans With Disabilities Act

(Newser) - A federal judge has ordered a halt to the Texas ban on school mask mandates, saying it violates the rights of students with disabilities. Judge Lee Yeakel, ruling in a lawsuit brought by the nonprofit advocacy group Disability Rights Texas, said Gov. Greg Abbott's order violated the Americans With...

Schools Are Banning Squid Game Costumes

Upstate NY district cites 'potential violent messages'

(Newser) - While traditional Halloween costume inspirations like vampires, pirates, and Batman aren't known for their nonviolent tendencies, elementary schools in upstate New York have decided that Squid Game costumes are a step too far. At least three schools in the region have banned costumes inspired by the hit South Korean...

Girl, 10, Drew a Picture at School. Then Cops Arrested Her

ACLU of Hawaii demands $500K in damages, plus reforms

(Newser) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii is demanding $500,000 in damages after a 10-year-old Black girl was arrested at school over a drawing. A parent of a student at Honowai Elementary School outside Honolulu demanded staff call police in response to the girl's drawing, which allegedly depicted...

A Twist for Teacher Accused of Having Sex With Teen

Cops say Heiry Calvi, 41, who allegedly had sexual relationship with 15-year-old, is 8 months pregnant

(Newser) - A Florida teacher arrested last week on accusations that she had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student is eight months pregnant, per CBS Miami . It's not known who the father is of Heiry Calvi's unborn child, according to the outlet. However, the 41-year-old teacher came under scrutiny...

Girl Allegedly Told to Take Sick Kids to Nurse Dies of COVID
Girl Who Died of COVID Had
Risky 'Classroom Job': Parents
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Girl Who Died of COVID Had Risky 'Classroom Job': Parents

Mom and dad of 10-year-old Teresa Sperry say she had to walk sick kids to nurse at Va. school

(Newser) - Officials at an elementary school in Virginia are investigating whether a 10-year-old student who died of COVID-19 was tasked with taking sick children to the nurse against school rules. The parents of Teresa Sperry, a fifth grader at Hillpoint Elementary School in Suffolk, say a teacher instructed her to walk...

Men With Zip Ties Confront Principal Who Quarantined Boy

Father and cohorts threaten 'citizen's arrest'

(Newser) - An Arizona elementary school principal says she was confronted by a father and two other men after enforcing county rules on quarantining students who've potentially been exposed to COVID. Per NBC News , Diane Vargo, principal at Mesquite Elementary School in Tucson, says the father showed up with his son...

Official: Dad Attacked Teacher After Mask Dispute on School's First Day

Parent was agitated when he saw young daughter come out of school wearing one

(Newser) - The first day of school is supposed to be filled with excitement for the new school year. At one California elementary school this week, that excitement was marred by violence after a parent attacked a teacher over face masks, reports NBC News . The incident at Sutter Creek Elementary School, located...

After Suicide, Schools to Pay Parents $3M

Third grader Gabriel Taye was repeatedly beaten by students

(Newser) - Gabriel Taye's classmates beat, kicked, and bullied him, even leaving him unconscious, his parents say. School administrators were dismissive of his injuries, telling Gabriel's parents that he'd knocked two teeth loose in a playground accident, and attributed his being punched in the face by two students to...

Young Brothers Yanked From Class for Black Lives Matter Tees

Okla. superintendent says 'politics' not allowed at school; mom says Black Lives Matter isn't political

(Newser) - Two Oklahoma brothers were disciplined at school last week over their Black Lives Matter T-shirts, and their mom is pushing back. Per the New York Times , Jordan Herbert first got wind of an alleged violation of dress code policy on April 30, when her 8-year-old son, Ben, was told by...

Failing Grades Are 'Off the Rails' This Year

Teachers say it may have been too soon to bring back the A-F system

(Newser) - This is a school year like no other—and students are getting failing grades like never before. With students still learning from home in many areas, districts around the country are reporting a massive increase in F grades, with disadvantaged students falling furthest behind. At McNary High School in Keizer,...

Research Shows Why This Really Doesn't Work
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Research Shows Why This Really Doesn't Work

Study says praise is much better than a reprimand

(Newser) - A kind word goes a long way—even with unruly elementary-school kids. So says a study that had teachers use positive reinforcement when teaching children between the ages of 5 and 12, CNN reports. Lead author Paul Caldarella, a professor in the Brigham Young University, led a team that counted...

School Hair Guidelines Appear Online. Facebook Explodes
School Hair Guidelines
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School Hair Guidelines Spark Ferocious Debate

Many say Narvie Harris Elementary focused unfairly on black hairstyles

(Newser) - A Georgia elementary school is in the spotlight after putting up a poster showing "appropriate" and "inappropriate" hairstyles—all for black students, CNN reports. An image of the poster appeared on Facebook and sparked about 2,000 comments about dress codes, hair, and the possible racism of focusing...

Cops Applaud 'Courage' of Kid Who Brought Meth to School

Young boy essentially turned in parents

(Newser) - Police in Washington state are praising a young boy for bringing drugs to school—because he did so to get help regarding his parents. The New York Daily News cites a Facebook post from the Kennewick PD that relays what happened Wednesday when the "elementary school-aged child" showed up...

Dad Vents About Teacher. Now 16K Want Her Fired

Chris Piland's frustration triggers a Change.org petition

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania dad's frustration has boiled over and put his son's math teacher in the hot seat, Fox News reports. On Tuesday, Chris Piland posted a Facebook photo of his son's second-grade math assignment with a comment from the teacher: "Absolutely pathetic. He answered 13 in...

Parent: My Son Was 'Humiliated' in Mock Slave Auction at School

Westchester teacher under fire for allegedly having white 5th-graders 'bid' on their black classmates

(Newser) - A homework assignment on slavery that left parents "flabbergasted," an apparent faux pas by Virginia's first lady on the same topic, and now another similar incident to add to the mix, this time out of Westchester County, NY. USA Today reports on an alleged social studies exercise...

Student Forced to Wash Ashes Off Forehead in Front of Class

Teacher who called cross inappropriate apologizes

(Newser) - A Utah teacher is on administrative leave after she made a 9-year-old Catholic student wash off the Ash Wednesday cross from his forehead. Davis School District spokesman Chris Williams said Thursday that fourth-grade teacher Moana Patterson won't be teaching as the district investigates, the AP reports. Karen Fisher says...

Sub Spoils Santa (and Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy) for First-Graders

Letter sent home to NJ parents so they can bring back 'childhood innocence of the holiday season'

(Newser) - The "childhood innocence of the holiday season" has been snatched away from a bunch of elementary school students, a New Jersey principal laments—and it's all because of a substitute teacher gone rogue. Not since the Elf Foreman told Hermey that elves couldn't be dentists has there...

School Staffers' Halloween Get-Up a 'Gross Display of Dehumanization'

Superintendent apologizes after staffers dressed as 'border wall' and in stereotypical Mexican garb

(Newser) - Halloween is over, but the controversy in one Idaho town isn't. NBC News reports that the superintendent for Middleton School District has issued an apology after photos were shared on social media of staffers at Heights Elementary School dressed up, as a group, as both stereotypical Mexicans—complete with...

Parents Complain About Survey Sent to Fifth Graders

It asked about their sexual history and gender identity

(Newser) - A survey that asked fifth-grade students in Vermont about their sexual history, preference, and gender identity has drawn complaints from parents, the AP reports. The survey sent to Windsor Elementary School students was conducted by WISE, a nonprofit domestic violence prevention and advocacy group, WPTZ-TV reported. A notice was sent...

School Drops Confederate Nod, Takes Obama's Name

Richmond, Va., school isn't the first

(Newser) - A Virginia elementary school named after a Confederate general has been given a new moniker in honor of America's first African-American president. With a 6-1 school board vote Monday, J.E.B. Stuart Elementary of Richmond, Va., became Barack Obama Elementary School. The name, submitted by students, staff, and...

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