|10-4-19 Education in the News|
NY Times--Florida Teachers Can Now Carry Guns at School
A hotly debated law passed in May that would allow some teachers to carry firearms in the classroom takes effect Tuesday.
Some Florida teachers will be able to carry firearms in the classroom starting Tuesday, the result of a hotly debated law that was approved by the Florida Legislature in May.
The law, which gives school districts the option to arm teachers, as well as security guards, was passed in response to the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 people dead. Teachers will be allowed to carry guns via the Guardian Program, which was created in the wake of the shooting.
Laura M. Holson| Oct. 1, 2019
Politics K-12 (Education Week)-- The State With the Most Charter Schools Just Gave Districts More Power to Reject Them
California school districts will have expanded authority to reject new charter school applications under a set of bills signed into law on Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The signing capped off a tense summer in which state lawmakers considered a list of bills that would have reined in charter schools, closed avenues for appeals of rejected applications, and even put a moratorium on their creation. Groups on all sides of the issue—including the state's teachers' union and groups representing charter operators—negotiated the compromise legislation Newsom, a Democrat, eventually signed.
Evie Blad on October 3, 2019 4:05 PM
Chalkbeat--In Newark schools, popular enrichment programs were set to expand — until they disappeared
On the first day of classes last month, a group of students at Science Park High School made a beeline for Karen Gaylord’s office.
Gaylord was the school staffer who oversaw a number of popular, privately funded extracurricular programs. One taught students to code and build robots; another, for young men, combined tutoring, college visits, and chess.
But when the students arrived at the office that day, eager to snag spots in the programs, they were greeted with bad news: Gaylord was gone, and the programs she managed were suspended.
Patrick Wall| October 3, 2019
Garden State Coalition of Schools