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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,
New Federal Assistance for Schools and Students Impacted by Hurricanes and Wildfires.
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 authorizes an additional $2.7 billion to support K-12 school districts and schools as well as
institutions of higher education (IHEs) with post-emergency recovery. (Read the full press release.)
The following programs will be funded through the new Federal assistance announced: (1) Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations (Restart), (2) Emergency Impact Aid
for Displaced Students, (3) Assistance for Homeless Children and Youth, (4) Emergency Assistance to Institutions of Higher Education, (5) Defraying Costs of Enrolling
Displaced Students in Higher Education.
For additional information on the programs for K-12 schools and
school districts, please contact David Esquith, Director, Office of Safe and
Healthy Students, at
David.Esquith@ed.gov. For additional
information on the programs for IHEs, please contact Adam Kissel, Deputy
Assistant Secretary for Higher Education Programs, Office of Postsecondary
Tenn. school introduces "Mental Health Mondays"
Students at a Tennessee high school are discussing various mental health topics -- bullying, toxic relationships, eating disorders and school tragedies, among others -- during "Mental Health Mondays." During the weekly program, teachers facilitate the class discussions.
WBIR-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.) (3/5)
New York schools beginning July 1 will be required to offer mental health education.
To help educators prepare, the School Administrators Association of New York State recently held an event where panelists offered advice for incorporating mental health topics into the school day.
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, March 1)
Graduation Rates: All-Time High. Unemployment: Nearly Historical Low. So Why Are Schools Being Bashed?
High school graduation rates are said to be at an all-time high (though there are some serious questions about the numbers in some districts), and unemployment is at a nearly historical low (though there are some serious questions about what that number actually means).
(Washington Post, Feb. 12)
IN House Passes Bill to Limit School Suspensions, Expulsions
A bill looking to reduce suspensions, expulsions and school arrests unanimously passed the House. (Post-Tribune, Feb. 5)
Schools discipline Some schools in Washington state and New York City have adopted disciplinary practices that aim to reduce suspensions and expulsions. Such efforts have yielded positive results, but concerns about teacher training and program rollouts have surfaced.
The Hechinger Report (1/11)
>County to pay rent so children don't have to change schools. To keep 26
children from being yanked out of their Northeast Portland (OR) elementary
school mid-school-year, Multnomah County will spend $48,000 to cover the
steep rent increases that threatened to displace them and their families.
Rigler Elementary School is in the county's SUN Community Schools program,
which provides after-school activities and social services to disadvantaged
students. The county-connection made reallocation of funds possible. County
officials decided that, through the SUN program, they'd made an investment
in Rigler children's success and wanted to support that community.
>North Carolina's School-Based Mental Health Initiativ. Requires all LEAs/charter schools to develop
and implement a plan for assessing and improving the effectiveness of existing supports for addressing the mental health
and substance use needs of the student population. Each plan is to address (1) universal prevention, (2) early intervention services,
and (3) referral, treatment, and re-entry. In addition, state-level supports via consultation and training are described.
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