April 3, 2019

Puerto Rico education, public safety secretaries resign

Education Secretary Julia Keleher, who was appointed in December 2016, stepped down on Tuesday, April 2. The same morning, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced that Professor Eleuterio Álamo will serve as interim education secretary. Keleher oversaw the closure of more than 400 schools to save millions of dollars as Puerto Rico continues to see a sharp drop in enrollment amid a recession.

April 2, 2019

Secretary DeVos Praises Tennessee's Work to Expand Education Freedom and Encourages Stakeholder Involvement During Education Roundtable

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee hosted a roundtable discussion on April 1 in Nashville, TN with more than 30 families, educators, stakeholders and elected officials to discuss the recently announced Education Freedom Scholarships policy proposal. The roundtable answered questions on the plan and discussed how these scholarships, which could total more than $100 million for Tennessee students, could be used to expand students' access to dual enrollment courses, apprenticeship programs, transportation to an out of district public school, or other education opportunities.

April 2, 2019

Culturally Responsive Teaching: Integration of CRT in State Professional Teaching Standards

This report by New America analyzed professional teaching standards in all 50 states to better understand whether states’ expectations for teachers incorporate culturally responsive teaching. The review focused on the extent to which state standards explicitly address the eight CRT competencies of interest and how each state differentiates the standards.

April 2, 2019

Nebraska sets new requirements for civics lessons in schools

Nebraska has set new requirements for teaching American civics in schools, allowing schools to choose from administering the naturalization test used by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services once in the 8th grade and 12th grade, requiring students to attend or participate in a government meeting and complete a project about what they learned, or require students to complete a project or paper and class presentation about the national holidays. Gov. Pete Ricketts signed the measure into law on March 27 after it won approval from state lawmakers.

March 27, 2019

Michigan changes testing for eighth-graders

In April, the College Board’s PSAT 8/9 test will replace the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress in math and English Language Arts, known as M-STEP, designed to measure how well students are mastering state standards. PSAT is the practice version of the SAT, which students take in the 11th grade during the college admissions process.