U.S. Dept. of Education Needs Sensing Survey for Regional Stakeholder Input

Between now and August 18, 2016, the U. S. Department of Education is collecting input from stakeholders on the educational and technical assistance needs of states and school districts. The input received will inform priorities for the next grant cycle of Regional Educational Laboratories as part of the Comprehensive Centers program. Read full article

Parents sue state, seven school districts to stop Florida’s third-grade retention law

A group of parents filed a complaint in Leon County civil court late Tuesday night, seeking to stop their children from repeating third grade under Florida’s social promotion law.  The case, against the Florida Department of Education and seven school districts including Hernando and Pasco counties, aims for an injunction against the rules as students…

Florida school districts remind principals about mid-year promotion for retained third graders

As retained Florida third graders return to school this week and next, district leaders are reminding principals and teachers that the children still may move up to fourth grade after classes resume.  State law requires all districts to have midyear promotion plans for children held back in third grade because they did not show grade-level reading…

As Nation’s Students Become More Diverse, Teaching Corps Hasn’t Kept Pace

In 2015, slightly more than half of the nation’s children younger than 1 were non-white, U.S. Census Bureau data indicate. It’s just the latest data point marking a demographic transition, the shift from a majority white nation to one with no majority racial or ethnic group that’s also playing out in the nation’s K-12 classrooms.…