High Schools

Federal judge rules students have no constitutional right to civics education — but warns that ‘American democracy is in peril’

In an extraordinary decision that referenced President Trump’s tweets to postpone the November presidential elections, U.S. District Court Judge William Smith said the public school students who filed the lawsuit were not on a “wild-eyed effort to expand the reach of substantive due process.” Rather, he said, they were issuing “a cry for help from a generation of young people who are destined to inherit a country which we — the generation currently in charge — are not stewarding well.”

“What these young people seem to recognize is that American democracy is in peril,” he wrote (see opinion in full

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CDC Clarifies ’15-Minute Rule’ for Social Distancing – Inside School Research

There’s no reset button on COVID-19 exposure.

That’s the concern underlying new changes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s definitions and guidance on social distancing during the pandemic, which will likely mean changes in some schools’ approach to preventing or tracing coronavirus outbreaks. 

The CDC now defines a “close contact” of someone with COVID-19 as anyone who was within six feet of someone infected for a total of 15 minutes over the course of 24 hours. For example, if a student came into contact with a sick classmate three times during a school day, for

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How Should District Leaders Respond to Rising COVID-19 Rates in States? – Inside School Research

Coronavirus rates are surging across much of the country again. That means school district leaders must prepare to make quick decisions about how they are operating. 

There are two main ways to look at how much the coronavirus has spread in a community:

  • the case rate;—or the number of people identified with COVID-19 for every 100,000 people in the community;—and
  • the positivity rate, or the percentage of the tests given in a community that come back positive for the virus. If a community has limited testing, it is likely to have a higher percentage of those tests
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Elite private school cancels classes the day after presidential election. Here’s why.

Christian Sullivan, the head of Bullis School in Potomac, Md., sent an email (full text below) Oct. 14 to the school community saying one reason he had decided to close school on its 102-acre campus was to give teachers a rest after a chaotic fall that led to unprecedented changes in instruction because of the coronavirus pandemic.

As in many other public and private schools across the country, Bullis teachers are delivering instruction two ways — directly to students who are sitting in class and remotely to students who chose to remain at home. And they are doing it at

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Can Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Adapt to Remote Learning? – Inside School Research

At a time when thousands of children may come to school with stress and learning loss from the pandemic and related school closures, multi-tiered systems of support—which can include response to intervention and positive behavior interventions and support, or PBIS—are the most popular school frameworks to provide personalized help for students. Now, emerging research and state experimentation suggest these models could adapt well to remote learning classrooms, if school leaders and educators plan.

With both response to intervention and PBIS, educators use a leveled approach to provide increasingly intense help to students with academic or behavioral difficulties. In general, Tier

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The problem with New York’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools during the pandemic

Covid-19 rates in New York — which have been very low in New York City for months — are rising again in areas where ultra-Orthodox Jews have been disregarding orders to follow social distancing rules to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Hasidic Jews — the most traditional of the ultra-Orthodox Jews in the United States — protested the restrictions, setting fires and burnings masks in the streets of Brooklyn.

The Religion News Service reported that more than 400 rabbis and other Jewish religious leaders signed a statement supporting efforts by New York officials to shut down the schools and

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How the pandemic made China’s tough college entrance exam even more stressful — and inequitable

This year, during the pandemic, things got much worse for Chinese students, as explained in this story by Rayna Song, a journalism student at Northwestern University. She spent two months researching the story, interviewing more than 30 people. It’s a fascinating look at a college admissions process even more frenzied than the one in this country.

By Rayna Song

Eighteen-year-old Jing Lin never dreamed that a virus would completely disrupt her meticulously designed plans to ace the gaokao, China’s college entrance exam. She saw an excellent score on the test as a ticket to a top university — and a

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Federal Civil Rights Data Finds Rise in Reported Sexual Assaults – Inside School Research

By Christina A. Samuels and Sarah D. Sparks

K-12 schools reported nearly twice as many allegations of sexual assaults and rape on campus in 2017-18 as in 2015-16, according to early analyses of the latest Civil Rights Data Collection.

The federal U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released its newest civil rights data collection on Thursday, covering some 50.9 million students in 97,632 district, charter, and juvenile justice schools. The release had been delayed due in part to the pandemic closures this spring, and the Education Department has announced it would also shift the 2019-20 data collection

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In new memoir, the father of ‘multiple intelligences’ explains how he conceived his famous theory

Growing up in Germany, my parents were typical comfortable young people of the 1920s. They danced, partied, skied, and were quite social. But having lost a child in a sledding accident, they were very protective of me. They did not want me to be involved in any activity that might result in serious injury. I was essentially barred from any sports, never skied, never played tackle football. I did not ride a bicycle until I was in my twenties, long out of the family home, and have never felt fully comfortable on two wheels. I was not antisocial but …

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