Education-related News Headlines

It’s been another busy week of education-related news headlines. Here are some that caught our attention:

Research and Analysis News

The New York Times published a piece called “Why Kids Can’t Write?” According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, “Three-quarters of both 12th and 8th graders lack proficiency in writing, and 40 percent of those who took the ACT writing exam in the high school class of 2016 lacked the reading and writing skills necessary to successfully complete a college-level English composition class, according to the company’s data.” Read more here.

Could the increase in bilingual education popularity leave Latinos behind? That is a question posed by The Hechinger Report in this piece, which appeared in U.S. News & World Report. The article provides good insight on this topic.

Policy News

Last week, the Massachusetts Senate approved a bill that would allow school systems to bring back bilingual education. You can read more about the status of the bill and what it means here.

Here is some great news for veterans: the Senate signed an expansion of GI Bill education benefits. The new bill would increase veterans’ benefits by more than $3 billion over the next decade.

General Education News

This week, we also learned that the San Antonio school districts are looking to fill hundreds of vacant positions on their campuses. This piece also highlighted a survey which found that 2015 and 2016 marked an all-time low for expected future teachers. We have significant work to do on this topic. Learn more about the piece here. Here is a link to the research.

Do you have any stories you think our Genius parents, teachers, administrators, or others should read? Please tell us in the comments below.

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