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Few school districts have anti-bullying policies protecting LGBT students
The Huffington Post
A majority of American school districts have no policies protecting LGBT students from bullying, according to a report. Nearly 30 percent of school districts have no official anti-bullying policy, according to the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, which surveyed more than 13,000 school districts. Of the 70 percent of school districts that do have anti-bullying policies, fewer than half explicitly outline protections for students who get bullied because of their sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation. Only about 14 percent of districts have protections based on gender identity or expression.
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Transgender students share school experiences with Education Department officials
U.S. Department of Education
The Education Department recently invited a group of transgender students to speak about their school experiences at a roundtable discussion with Secretary Duncan and senior officials. During the roundtable in the Secretary's conference room, students expressed the need for greater awareness of and school support for addressing issues affecting transgender students. They emphasized the importance of having their gender identity and expression respected within their learning community and feeling safe in school.
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Senate votes down federal protections for K-12 LGBT students
The Washington Post
In its first vote affecting gay people since the U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, the Senate rejected a federal prohibition against discrimination and bullying in K-12 public schools based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Fifty-two Senators voted for such a provision, while 45 opposed it. But Senate rules required 60 votes, and the measure fell short.
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Lawsuit questions district's handling of trauma
District Administration Magazine
A first-of-its kind class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of five students and three teachers against Compton USD in California alleges the district does not adequately address the impact of childhood trauma on learning. The lawsuit says the students witnessed or experienced murder, sexual assault, homelessness and racism in their neighborhoods. As a result, students were often absent, performed poorly in school and disrupted classes. Instead of providing services to help these students when trauma caused them to act out, the district punished them with suspensions, expulsions and referrals to law enforcement, the lawsuit alleges.
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What happens when struggling high-schoolers take college classes
The Atlantic
High schools across the country are taking what might seem like a counterintuitive approach to educating some of their most at-risk students. They're enrolling them in college before they even graduate from high school. A new report from the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy suggests that dual-enrollment programs, where students take classes simultaneously in high school and at a local college, have proven especially successful at getting less-affluent and first-generation students into college—and through it.
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Serving gifted students in general education classrooms
Edutopia
Gifted students who are served in general education classrooms frequently finish their work sooner than other students. This can happen in one subject area, such as mathematics or in all subject areas. Due to their rapidity of thought (VanTassel-Baska & Brown, 2007), they typically finish assignments before other children. Then they may act out because they are bored. What is really going on is a mismatch between the academic needs of the student and the pace and depth of the curricula and instructional program.
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Report: Proficiency standards and student assessments vary between states
THE Journal
Proficiency standards and student assessments vary significantly from state to state, according to the latest report from the National Center for Education Statistics. The report, "Mapping State Proficiency Standards onto NAEP Scales: Results from the 2013 NAEP Reading and Mathematics Assessments," uses the National Assessment of Educational Progress as a common metric to compare state proficiency standards for reading and math in grades 4 and 8 for the 2012-2013 school year.
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