April 12

Changes Loom for School Discipline Guidance; Teachers Strike in Several States; NAEP Scores Released

Important and timely federal educational news within Partners for Each and Every Child’s process and protest context. 

Process and Protest:
To advance educational excellence and equity, we must prioritize the needs of our most vulnerable students and communities. To accomplish this goal, we need clear processes for the deliberation and development of policy, and we need to take into account opposition to current and proposed policies and practices – protest – as a healthy part of those processes.

Changes Loom for School Discipline Guidance

The Trump administration has indicated its willingness to rescind Obama-era guidance, but has not clearly articulated a timeline for the rescission, a process for deliberation, nor what would replace the rescinded guidance… READ MORE >

Teacher Strikes Grow Across Several States

Over the last two months, teachers in different states have either gone on strike or threatened to strike, demanding better pay, better school conditions, more funding for education in state budgets, and other related policy changes. … READ MORE >

NAEP Scores Released

Various organizations and news outlets are reporting on the newly-released 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores – aka “the Nation’s Report Card” – and providing context for the communities they serve… READ MORE >

Partner and Friend Updates:

  • Agents of Their Own Success: Self-Advocacy Skills and Self-Determination for Students with Disabilities in the Era of Personalized Learning. National Council for Learning Disabilities has released a report that explores how to make the idea of student agency real for every student, and that examines the notion of power and agency in reform efforts. The report comes with an accompanying social media toolkit.
  • All Children, Our Future: Civil Rights and Education Conference, The Leadership Conference Education Fund will convene a full-day conference in Washington, D.C. on May 2 about critical areas of concern and interest for the civil rights community in education, discussing strategies for action. Check out  the full agenda and register here.



Be a Part of the Process

Stay up to date on the U.S. Department of Education decisions at ED.gov, where you can read updates from Secretary DeVos and subscribe to the US ED newsletter.

You can also advocate for all students by learning more about your state education policy – right now, states across the country are releasing drafts of their plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These plans have open public comment periods and your input is critically important.

Call or visit your senators and representatives to express your opinions.