Helping you to keep up with the latest news from the education industry

edition 9 | 06-05-16

In the UK

School places delay for thousands of special needs pupils

Thousands of pupils with special needs were not offered secondary school places by the official deadline, solicitors say.

Ex-schools mental health champion criticises axing of role

The government's decision to axe her role silences young people and teachers, the former mental health champion for schools in England says.

'Narrowing' of the curriculum is leading to a 'massive skills shortage', former education secretary claims

Technical subjects have been 'thrust out of schools' in favour of the academic, says Lord Baker.

Hating the new SATS? Meet the mums who chose home education over 'sausage factory' schools

More and more British families are spurning school in favour of home education.

Whitehall must work with councils to improve Britain's education system

There is real concern across the County Councils of England that the recently published White Paper, "Educational Excellence Everywhere" may not lead to change for the better for parents, pupils and schools.

In the US

U.S. Education Secretary John King touts preschool at Norfolk State University

King promoted the federal Preschool Development Grant program, which aims to expand access to high-quality schools. He planned to visit schools on the Peninsula later to discuss other education topics.

Former Ed Dept. official to lead Facebook education initiative

James H. Shelton, former U.S. deputy secretary of education, will join the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to lead the philanthropic limited liability company's ed-tech efforts.

US Rep. Joe Heck unveils bill to change career and technical education funding

Heck, R-Nev., who is running for the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, officially announced his Career and Technical Education Equity Act on Tuesday.

U.S. Departments of Education and Justice reach voluntary settlement with Arizona Department of Education to meet the needs of English language learner students

The agreement requires ADE to raise its English proficiency criteria to properly identify English language learner (ELL) students in grades three through 12 and to properly determine when those students no longer need language services.

US education secretary calls HB2 'hateful'

U.S. Secretary of Education John King says laws restricting which bathrooms transgender students can use, such as North Carolina's House Bill 2, should be rolled back, but he stopped short of threatening any loss of federal funding.

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