AM News: Mandatory School Age Bill Seeks to "Modernize" Washington State Law
Mandatory School Age Bill In Washington State Contains Loopholes AP: Washington is one of only two states that don't require kids to start their formal educations before turning 8. A measure gaining traction in the state Legislature would push that age to 6, but a loophole would exempt kids whose parents say they are homeschooled. Rep. Marcie Maxwell, D-Renton, House Bill 1283's sponsor, said her reason for introducing it is simple: Society has changed since the early 20th century, when the current rules were created, and our laws should reflect that.
Will Obama’s early childhood plan actually work? How? HechingerReport: The speech produced joy – and skepticism. “President Obama is trying, against great odds, to do something for 4-year-olds,” noted New York Times columnist Gail Collins, who pointed out that other presidents have tried and failed, while “working parents of every economic level scramble madly to find quality programs for their preschoolers, while the waiting lines for poor families looking for subsidized programs stretch on into infinity.”
NYC Schools Ask: Gifted or Just Well-Prepared? NYT: When the New York City Education Department announced that it was changing part of its admissions exam for its gifted and talented programs last year, in part to combat the influence of test preparation companies, one of those companies posted the news with links to guides and practice tests for the new assessment.
R.I. Students Gaining 'Badges,' Credits Outside School EdWeek: Many schools encourage students to get real-world experience outside school walls. But very few offer course credit and digital "badges"—virtual records of skills and achievements—for those experiences. Now, the Providence, R.I., school district is in the middle of an initiative that appears to be breaking new ground in giving academic credit and recognizing skills and achievements out of school.
Armed Educators a Reality in Some Schools, Debated in Others EdWeek: While many national organizations have rejected the idea, it is now being seriously weighed by some school boards and state lawmakers across the nation. The actionwouldn’t be without precedent: In Utah, school employees have been able to carry concealed weapons onto campus for about a decade—without telling a soul—and at least four Texas school districts are known to have granted select employees permission to take concealed weapons to school.