NATIONAL: White teacher in Ohio told 13-year-old…

A white social studies teacher at an Ohio middle school told a 13-year-old black student he would be lynched if he didn’t stop talking in class and focus on his work. Renee Thole, a teacher at Mason Middle School, was… Read full article at The Washington Post

Youth Development classes at Ruth Brown…

Registrations are currently open at Palo Verde College (One College Drive) for the upcoming two-credit “Developing Capable Young People” courses to be taught beginning Jan. 23-May 15. The weekly classes are scheduled to be held in the evening, from 5:30-7:35… Read full article at Palo Verde Valley Times

First 5 Revised Strategic Plan for…

First 5, the Riverside County Children & Families Commission, after hearing from parents with children and teachers at five September “Community Conversations,” is presenting its revised 2016-2021 Strategic Plan designed to invest in partnerships that promote, support and enhance the… Read full article at The Valley News

STATE: Funding, teacher training top educators’ wish…

This year may prove to be a pivotal time for science education in California, as schools enter the final stages of introducing the Next Generation Science Standards — the new K-12 science standards — and prepare for the first fully… Read full article at EdSource

STATE: Schools become a ‘safe haven’ for…

California schools are bracing for the impact of the Trump administration’s decision to oust thousands of Salvadoran immigrants, many of whom have been in the U.S. since the early 2000s and whose children are U.S. citizens. “It’s a calamity for… Read full article at EdSource

STATE: Parents of molested students file lawsuit…

The parents of three children victimized by Eric Ernest Echols when he worked as a teachers aide at Prairie Elementary School are suing Echols, Elk Grove Unified and five employees at the school. Echols, 30, was sentenced to 11 years… Read full article at The Sacramento Bee

NATIONAL: How Do ESSA Plans Stack Up…

The Every Student Succeeds Act allows states and districts to come up with their own interventions for struggling schools, with the caveat that improvement strategies have to some sort of evidence to back them up. So how strong are state… Read full article at Education Week

NATIONAL: K-12 District Spending Analysis Raises Red…

A study of school district spending patterns in 2016-17 has found it can be difficult to track equitable use of resources across schools because of the way budgeting is done and spending is reported. This discrepancy is of particular concern… Read full article at Education Week

NATIONAL: How DeVos, Trump, and Midterm Elections…

This time last year, school choice advocates were deeply divided over how the Trump administration's vocal support for charter schools and vouchers would affect their popularity and prospects for expansion. Some saw the appointment of Betsy DeVos—a longtime advocate and… Read full article at Education Week

NATIONAL: In Multiple States, Officials Demand Tougher…

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's call for a state "investigator general" to probe corruption, mismanagement, and ineptitude in Maryland school districts makes him the latest in a list of governors and officials in other states who are demanding that school district… Read full article at Education Week