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Keep up with the National Initiative for Transforming Student and Learning Supports. For details and for free access to the new work entitled: Transforming Student and Learning Supports: Developing a Unified, Comprehensive, and Equitable System, see http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/newinitiative.html

Back to School? Any NYC Family Can Opt for Full-Time Remote Learning This Fall. New York City families will be able to keep their children home this fall and opt for a full remote school schedule regardless of medical need, education department officials said [last] Thursday… Allowing a full-time remote option is welcome news for families who are nervous about sending students back to buildings in the fall… But it could also exacerbate inequalities already rampant in the public school system, with more affluent families hiring tutors or otherwise supplementing schoolwork for children remaining home.  https://ny.chalkbeat.org/2020/7/2/21311569/nyc-opt-for-full-time-remote-learning?utm_source=ECS+Subscribers&utm_campaign=1691ad6d5c-ED_CLIPS_07_07_2020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1a2b00b930-1691ad6d5c-53599575

A decade of research on the rich-poor divide in education.  Researchers shine light on education inequities.
School segregation by income is worsening in the US, according to research by Sean Reardon, a sociologist at Stanford University. Reardon asserts that efforts to develop "high-quality schools at scale under conditions of concentrated poverty" have been ineffective, so the "implication is that you have got to address segregation."  https://hechingerreport.org/a-decade-of-research-on-the-rich-poor-divide-in-education/

Teachers' union wants district's police unit disbanded .The board of United Teachers Los Angeles has voted to call for dismantling the Los Angeles School Police Department, a shift sparked by protests after the killing of George Floyd while in police custody in Minnesota. To become the official position of the group, union members also must support disbanding one of the largest school police forces in the country http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/mAljCNzxBksitzmIfEabiAfCngVy?format=multipart  

The pandemic’s toll: nearly 500,000 public education jobs disappeared across U.S. in April. Lots of education-connected jobs are difficult or impossible to do remotely, and some districts have furloughed staff or eliminated positions with school buildings closed and budget cuts looming. Gould found that the job losses were concentrated among, tutors, teaching assistants, counselors, special education teachers, nurses, janitors, and other building maintenance workers. https://www.chalkbeat.org/2020/6/3/21279747/pandemic-coronavirus-public-school-jobs

Students report harassment via Google Chat. A Virginia school district has struggled with its rollout of remote learning after an initial adoption of Blackboard was plagued by glitches, privacy concerns and other problems. The district then switched to use Google's online learning platform, but officials found similar issues with student harassment via Google Chat.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/after-online-learning-flopped-fairfax-schools-switched-to-google-more-virtual-harassment-followed/2020/05/16/728ecb1e-9449-11ea-91d7-cf4423d47683_story.html?wpisrc=nl_sb_smartbrief

Labeling kids with mild disabilities can backfire, study finds. For students with mild symptoms of disabilities, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, a diagnosis can do more harm than good, according to a study by Jayanti Owens, a Brown University sociologist. Owens' study shows that students without an ADHD diagnosis, who showed similar symptoms, had better behavioral and reading scores from teachers, than their peers diagnosed
https://hechingerreport.org/study-questions-educational-benefits-of-labeling-kids-with-mild-forms-of-adhd/

More public-school students are homeless More than 1.5 million public-school students in the US were identified as homeless during the 2017-18 school year, up 11% from the year before, according to federal data. Texas and Florida had the largest increases.  U.S. News & World Report https://www.usnews.com/news/education-news/articles/2020-01-30/more-students-are-homeless-than-ever-before

Child Poverty. Data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau illustrates the failure of our government to lead on child poverty, which remains higher in the United States than in nearly all similarly developed countries. The U.S. Census Bureau found that 16.2 percent of children (11.9 million) were living in poverty in 2018 and that children are 54.4 percent more likely to live in poverty than adults.
       The National Academy of Sciences' landmark study on child poverty released in February 2019 makes clear that we have the tools to eradicate child poverty. All that is needed is the political will to deploy them. The study, called A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty, outlines policy and program changes that, if implemented, would reduce child poverty by half within a decade ( http://sites.nationalacademies.org/dbasse/bcyf/reducing_child_poverty/index.htm ).
    Progress is possible. It is time to act. The U.S. Child Poverty Action Group, a partnership of child-focused organizations dedicated to eradicating child poverty, recently launched End Child Poverty US, a campaign to cut child poverty in half within a decade by setting a national target. Similar approaches in peer countries have proven the impact of targets. The United Kingdom cut its child poverty rate in half between 1999 and 2009 and Canada is on track to cut its child poverty rate in half in less than a decade after establishing an expanded child allowance in 2016.

More States Requiring Mental Health Education. Several states have either approved or have legislation in the works related to mental health education. Some of them are aimed at addressing concerns about additional workloads and teacher training. (Education Dive)

Nation's schools serving more students under IDEA   A New federal data shows that there are more children in special education and they are accounting for a greater percentage of public school students across the country. For the 2017-2018 school year, there were 7 million students ages 3 to 21 receiving services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. These students represented 14 percent of all kids attending public schools. The figures come from an annual report by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics that offers a snapshot of what's happening in American education see https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2019/06/06/nations-schools-more-idea/26733/

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