STATE: Rocklin kindergarten teacher caught in firestorm…

The Rocklin kindergarten teacher who was engulfed in a firestorm of criticism after she read a book about a transgender child during story time in June was named teacher of the year Monday by the California Charter Schools Association –… Read full article at The Sacramento Bee

STATE: Federal funding for after-school programs intact,…

Despite fears that the federal government would drastically cut support to after-school and summer programs, the budget agreement recently signed by President Donald Trump includes $1.21 billion in funding, which will provide thousands of children in high-poverty areas, kindergarten through… Read full article at EdSource

STATE: Districts must do more to reduce…

Narrowing disparities in student achievement — test scores, graduation rates and the like — is at the heart of California’s new school improvement system. Starting this fall, districts must also show how they are closing another gap: the distribution of… Read full article at EdSource

NATIONAL: In Oklahoma schools, bosses are helping…

Earlier this month, Melissa Abdo visited a class of future schoolteachers — education majors at Oklahoma State University. "How many of you are considering teaching in Oklahoma?" she asked them. Of the roughly 20 students in the class, a single… Read full article at Los Angeles Times

NATIONAL: ‘Looping’ With Students Boosts Learning, Especially…

Elementary students matched with the same teacher two years in a row show improvement in test scores, according to a new study. Economics professors Andrew Hill of Montana State University and Daniel Jones of the University of South Carolina conclude… Read full article at Education Week

NATIONAL: The D.C. lottery is intended to…

Sabrina Gordon knows that any lottery is a fluky game of odds. But she needs to believe that the school lottery is different. The single mother lives in a poor area of Southeast Washington and refuses to enroll her 10-year-old… Read full article at The Washington Post

Palm Springs High School student accused…

A Palm Springs High School student was arrested this week and accused of threatening to commit violent acts on school grounds, Palm Springs police said. The student, who was identified only as a 15-year-old, was arrested Monday following a search… Read full article at The Desert Sun

STATE: An L.A. school task force calls…

Officials at Los Angeles Unified will tell you that the nation's second-largest school system is doing well or at least has shown strong signs of improvement. Others are not so sure. A task force examining the district wants a clear… Read full article at Los Angeles Times

NATIONAL: Study: Armed security officers are on…

WASHINGTON — Armed security officers are becoming more prevalent at America’s schools, according to a federal study released Thursday amid a heated debate over whether teachers and other school officials should carry guns. Armed officers were present at least once… Read full article at The Washington Post

NATIONAL: Amid Concerns About School Security, Federal…

U.S. schools have significantly increased security measures and preparation for events like school shootings in the last 20 years, the newest federal data show. Meanwhile, rates of student victimization at school have continued to decline, fewer students have brought weapons… Read full article at Education Week