State & National News
8/1/2020- ‘As more schools abandon plans for in-person classes, one that opened in Indiana this week had to quarantine students within hours.’
7/31/2020- ‘Minnesota school districts will be granted flexibility in their reopening decisions this fall, depending on the spread of COVID-19 in their communities and their ability to meet a long list of health and safety standards in school buildings.’
7/31/2020- ‘New York City students will not return to class if coronavirus infection rates surge above a 3% average, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday.’
8/3/2020- ‘Nationally mandated reading and math tests scheduled for 2021 should proceed, the National Assessment Governing Board decided Friday. But the board acknowledged that it might be impossible to collect accurate assessment data and that Congress might not provide enough funding to give the tests under social distancing conditions.’
8/4/2020- ‘Tennessee education officials are offering 20 grants of $100,000 apiece to form or expand programs that help train new teachers at no cost to them’
8/3/2020- ‘In a rural sliver of northeast Indiana, Jessica Downey co-owns the only child care licensed in her small county to offer the state’s pre-kindergarten vouchers for low-income families.’
8/3/2020- ‘Governor Tom Wolf is dedicating $28 million to postsecondary education institutions and adult basic education providers to help them resume operations in the fall.’
Research & Analysis
The Senate released their proposal for the next—and more than likely—final major COVID-19 response measure. The approximately $1 trillion package, called the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools (HEALS) Act contains the following provisions of interest:
This Policy Brief provides a summary of key research on the benefits of expanding the racial/ethnic diversity of teachers in K-12 classrooms. It also features examples of state-level action intended to advance diversity and ultimately improve students’ academic experiences.
This report from Education Week—with original survey data that capture educators’ attitudes and experiences with SEL—explores the challenges and opportunities to teaching social-emotional learning when school buildings are open and operations are normal.
Music Education Policy Roundup compiled by NAfME’s Matt Barusch.