No more NCLB, sub overloads, too much tech, Nativity scenes, #saveourlibrary, poor U.S. sex ed, and more: Required Readings, 12.13.15
President Obama signed the successor to No Child Left Behind this week, which put the balance of power and responsibility for K-12 schools in the hands of local and state governments.
Among the concerns about education in schools that serve high-poverty, at-risk students: teacher churn and the heavy use of substitutes, who often are not certified instructors, in the subjects they are teaching or at all.
The latest volleys in the Christmas War on the Constitution, a Pennsylvania school plans to go ahead with a live Nativity, while an Indiana school used mannequins for its Nativity to bypass a judge’s ruling.
Hundreds of students at Chicago’s DuSable Campus high school held a read-in on Friday to protest the layoff of the school’s librarian. You can follow their efforts on Twitter at #saveourlibrary.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that fewer than one-fifth of middle schools and half of high schools are teaching all of the sex education topics they recommend. Least likely to be taught: how to get and use condoms.
In a follow-up to a recent Required Reading about a Wisconsin school that cancelled a reading of a book about a transgender child: More than 600 people attended a public reading of the book at a local library, expressing support for the family who inspired the original event, and more than 200 were at a reading at the local high school.
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