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Teachers Once Said He'd Be 'Dead by 21.' Now He's Principal

Michael Atkins worked his way up from student to custodian to top spot in Denver schools

(Newser) - "I'm home." That's how Michael Atkins in June described his being named principal of Stedman Elementary School in Denver. Atkins is a product of the Denver Public Schools system, attending elementary school there, then middle school, where, Atkins said, teachers told him that a black student... More »

'Disgusting' Backpack Meets Grim, Modern Need

The Guard Dog Security product includes a Kevlar-like armor panel

(Newser) - In a nod to grim reality, bulletproof backpacks are popular items ahead of the upcoming school year. The Washington Post links to tweets and articles testifying that the product, made by Guard Dog Security, is selling at Kmart, Office Depot, and OfficeMax. "After the Parkland incident, we sold out... More »

Schools Get Creative in Changing Dicey Names

Don't like Robert E. Lee? Save money and make it stand for a different Lee altogether

(Newser) - It's not a revelation that schools around the country are rethinking their names if they were named after Robert E. Lee or other Confederate figures. But as the Wall Street Journal points out, the logistics of a name change can be tough on a school's budget—so school... More »

Girl, 14, Got Oregon to Pass a Holocaust Bill

Along with her dear friend, a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor

(Newser) - When Claire Sarnowski, as a fourth grader, met Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener at one of his talks, no one could have predicted that their friendship would end up changing the law in Oregon. But it looks like that's exactly what's about to happen: Thanks to work done by... More »

School Goes on Lockdown, Then the Surprising Arrest

Biology teacher in Massachusetts accused of planting ammo, then calling it in

(Newser) - An all-too familiar scene unfolded at Southbridge High School in Massachusetts Thursday morning when the school went on lockdown. This case would prove unusual, however: Hours after the discovery of live ammo, police said they'd found the surprise culprit—the very teacher who called in the scare. The details... More »

Teacher Posted Salary. Then Came the Amazon Boxes

Arizona's Elisabeth Milich welcomes stranger's 'amazing blessing'

(Newser) - Elisabeth Milich wasn't exactly thrilled with her $35,000 salary in 2018 and made that known in a Facebook post. Still, the second-grade teacher at Phoenix's Whispering Wind Academy felt lucky: "I have my husband's income where I can buy [lunch] for kids that don't... More »

Brazil May Revise Textbooks to Eliminate Mention of 'Coup'

Government says military's ouster of president was merely an 'institutional shift'

(Newser) - In 1964, the military in Brazil ousted President Joao Goulart, setting up a dictatorship infamous for its brutality that would rule for the next two decades. The ouster may sound like the very definition of a coup, but the current government of Brazil thinks otherwise. The education minister plans to... More »

Parents Fight 'Irrational' Rule on Measles, Judge Pushes Back

NY officials say 'exclusion order' stops spread of disease; judge agrees

(Newser) - No measles cases have been confirmed at the Green Meadow Waldorf School—and health officials in Rockland County, NY, where there's been an "unprecedented" outbreak, want to keep it that way. A federal judge agreed Tuesday, denying a request by parents of more than three dozen unvaccinated kids... More »

School Shouldn't Have Barred Child With Atheist Parents: Judge

Gary Mangel, Mai Yasue didn't want holiday decor in school; school said daughter couldn't come back

(Newser) - It began with a dispute over classroom holiday decorations and ended with a preschool keeping a student's registration "hostage to a demand." That's according to a judge on the BC Human Rights Tribunal in Canada, ruling Tuesday that the Bowen Island Montessori School erred in its... More »

Back-to-School Surprise for Detroit: Dry Water Fountains

Lead, copper prompt 106 Detroit schools to shut off water; kids will drink from water coolers

(Newser) - Some 50,000 Detroit public school students will start the school year Tuesday by drinking water from coolers, not fountains, after the discovery of elevated levels of lead or copper in the supply—the latest setback in a state already dealing with the consequences of contaminated tap water in Flint... More »

5 US States With Best, Worst School Systems

Massachusetts takes top spot; New Mexico is last

(Newser) - If you know your children will be in public schools for their entire K-12 career, it might pay to check out which states have the highest-quality educational offerings. WalletHub looked at how all 50, plus the District of Columbia, ranked across more than two dozen metrics in the "Quality"... More »

One State Now Lets School Nurses Give Medical Pot

New law in Colorado allows non-smokable marijuana for qualifying children

(Newser) - In a move High Times says puts Colorado "ahead of the curve" once more on the cannabis front, Gov. John Hickenlooper has OKed a law that lets school nurses administer medical marijuana to students. The Denver Post reports House Bill 1286 allows a school nurse to give non-smokable medical... More »

Teachers in This County Could Soon Live at School

Miami-Dade in preliminary planning stages for apartments on school grounds

(Newser) - Home is where the heart is, and maybe soon for some South Florida teachers, where the whiteboard is. Miami-Dade County has worked up a rough draft of plans for apartments on school properties in an effort to make housing for teachers more affordable and the commute obviously easier, per the... More »

Tenn. Schools May Soon Have to Show 'Cornerstone of Freedom'

Bill to prominently display national motto of 'In God We Trust' now on Gov. Haslam's desk

(Newser) - It's up to Bill Haslam now whether one of America's most famous mottos ends up prominently displayed in his state's schools. The Tennesseean reports a bill is headed toward the Tennessee governor's desk to call for the conspicuous display in schools of the "In God... More »

W. Va. Lawmaker on Teacher Strike: 'I Don't Like Feeling Bullied'

Strike now in day 7

(Newser) - West Virginia public school students were home again Friday, with classrooms closed for a seventh straight class day as teachers fought for pay raises. The state Senate's GOP majority refused Thursday to take up legislation to give them a 5% pay raise after four years without one. The Republican-controlled... More »

In the Works: School Protests to Take On 'American Carnage'

One is set for the anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine

(Newser) - The mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead has sparked calls for walkouts, sit-ins, and other actions on school campuses across the US aimed at pushing lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws. Organizers behind the Women's March are calling for a 17-minute walkout on... More »

Dad Devastated by School Lunch Shaming Takes Action

Jeffrey Lew wants to pay off lunch debt for every student in Washington state

(Newser) - Jeffrey Lew never wants a child to be shamed on the school cafeteria line again. That's why the Seattle dad of three has been hard at work fundraising, with one goal in mind: to pay down the school lunch debt of every student in the state of Washington. Today.... More »

Wordy Road Sign Gets Man Out of His Ticket

Seattle's Jason Canfield spent $800 to prove his point about school speed zone

(Newser) - When Jason Canfield got a speeding ticket in May 2016, he didn't pull out his checkbook to pay the $234 fine: He started gathering records of national and state traffic codes to contest the charge of driving too fast in a Seattle school zone. And his efforts paid off,... More »

Hidden Problem in US Schools: Sex Assaults on Kids by Kids

The AP finds that cases are disturbingly common

(Newser) - Across the US, thousands of students have been sexually assaulted, by other students, in high schools, junior highs, and even elementary schools—hidden horror stories educators have long been warned not to ignore. Relying on state education records, supplemented by federal crime data, a yearlong investigation by the AP uncovered... More »

10 Best High Schools in the US

BASIS Scottsdale takes the cake

(Newser) - BASIS Charter Schools will get a kick out of US News & World Report 's 2017 list of the country's top public and charter high schools. Five of the top 10 schools are BASIS Charter Schools, including the Scottsdale, Ariz., school that took the top spot. The list... More »

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