A book hailed by critics and listed in the Common Core State Standards as a reading exemplar for 11th-graders was banned by an Arizona school district because of sexually explicit passages.
The book, “Dreaming in Cuban,” written by Cuban-American author Cristina Garc a and named a finalist for the National Book Award when it was published in 1992, was banned in the Sierra Vista Unified School District after a parent complained that her 10th-grade son was asked to read explicit passages aloud, according to the Associated Press. It wasn’t clear why a 10th-grade class was reading a book suggested for 11th-graders.Read full article >>
A California school district has hired a contractor to monitor what some 14,000 students post on Facebook, Twitter and other social media in an effort to find students who may be displaying suicidal thoughts, being bullied, or in need of other help. Many other school districts are apparently signing on to do the same thing.Read full article >>
Prince George’s County schools have a new discipline policy that officials hope will reduce the number of suspensions and keep students in school.
The policy, outlined in a handbook recently distributed to the county’s 123,000 students, reduces the number of offenses that could include suspension as a punishment and places a maximum number of days a student can be kept out of class for a specific offense.Read full article >>
Fairfax County hired fewer teachers this year than in the past, with 1,841 new teachers entering classrooms this fall.
Despite the fewer hires, the school system’s teacher workforce continues to grow at a rate similar to the increases in the student body.Read full article >>