Studying Hindi to become mandatory for Class 10 students of KV, CBSE affiliated schools

The students of Kendriya Vidyalayas and CBSE affiliated schools will soon have to study Hindi till class 10. The HRD Ministry is yet to respond to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) suggestion. Representative image           After President Pranab Mukherjee give in- principle approval” to a suggestion of a parliamentary panel, the students of Kendriya Vidyalayas and CBSE affiliated schools may have to study Hindi till class 10. The HRD Ministry is yet to respond to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) suggestion. As…

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Trump’s New Education Secretary Wants More ‘Virtual Schools’ and Her Agency to Be Destroyed

The Trump regime’s newly confirmed pick for Secretary of Education, billionaire Betsy DeVos, is ready to shake up the establishment. How so? By gutting the agency she leads, introducing more “virtual schools,” and overseeing the rise of schools that “haven’t even been invented yet.” What does the last part mean? Damned if we know. In a new interview published this morning, political website Axios asked DeVos about what she expects to get done in the next four years. DeVos, an enemy of public schools, pledged to “slim down the department…

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School’s out: Inside Donald Trump’s extremest education agenda

Donald Trump’s election to the U.S. presidency left education policy experts at a complete loss to explain what this would mean for the nation’s schools. During his campaign, Trump gave few clues about what would inform his education leadership, only that he had some antipathy for the Department of Education, he was no fan of Common Core and he would advocate for more “school choice.” After his election, experienced education journalists at Education Week predicted Trump would embrace conservative Beltway think tanks and state education policy leaders who had bristled under the rule of…

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Supreme Court to decide: What level of education do public schools legally owe to students with disabilities?

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday in a dispute over the level of education that public schools must provide to millions of children with disabilities, a case that advocates describe as the most significant special-education issue to reach the high court in three decades. The question is whether public schools owe disabled children “some” educational benefit — which courts have determined to mean just-above-trivial progress — or whether students legally deserve something more: a substantial, “meaningful” benefit. Lower courts are divided on the question, meaning that…

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Pressure mounts on ministers to make sex education compulsory in schools

Pressure is mounting on the government to introduce compulsory sex and relationships education (SRE) in schools after five chairs of parliamentary select committees sent a strongly worded letter to the education secretary demanding a change in policy. The letter criticises the government’s “lacklustre” response earlier this week to a new report by the women and equalities committee in parliament, which revealed that sexual abuse of girls had become “accepted as part of everyday life” in England’s schools. One of the report’s key recommendations, which the government sidestepped, was that personal,…

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NI schools inspector says pupils not getting good enough education

Northern Ireland’s chief inspector of schools has said too many pupils are not getting a good enough education. In her latest report, Noelle Buick said that those from socially disadvantaged backgrounds were particularly affected. She also expressed concern over how children are taught, pointing out that about one fifth of lessons were “less than good”. However, she acknowledged that a number of areas of education had improved since her last report, in 2014. The Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) observed more than 11,000 lessons and training sessions in Northern Ireland…

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Flu shots, schools with equipment help children combat asthma

Kids with asthma require annual flu shots, schools with equipment and access to medications to treat asthma. The study, presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting made the suggestion. The first study looked at outcomes for kids with asthma following passage of a bill in Missouri which provides schools with equipment and access to medications to treat asthma. It also allows trained school employees to administer bronchodilator treatments to students when needed. “Schools that implemented the RESCUE programme (Resources for Every School Confronting…

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Education in Kashmir hit hard, schools remain shut

Srinagar: A bleak future stares hundreds of thousands of youth with 27 schools set ablaze in the Kashmir Valley in the past few weeks and all educational institutions shut for five months, leaving them with few options — either leave the state, do homeschooling or worse –join ranks of stone pelters. Four months of renewed unrest and violence that has resulted in 92 deaths, the failure of effective governance in the state and the lack of any central government initiative to resolve the political imbroglio have left the common citizens…

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Questions Of Race And Charter Schools Divide Education Reformers

What does it mean to declare that #blacklivesmatter in education? Last month the Movement for Black Lives, representing elements of the Black Lives Matter movement and related groups, issued a detailed policy platform denouncing what it called “corporate-backed,” “market driven” “privatization” in school reform, and helped set off a furor over this question. Under the section labeled “community control,” M4BL called for an end to state and mayoral takeovers of school systems in favor of local, democratically elected boards, more equitable school funding and a de-emphasis on standardized testing. The…

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Charter Schools Are Reinventing Local Control in Education

America’s devotion to local control of schools is dying, but it is also being reborn as a new faith in charter schools. These independently operated public schools—nearly 7,000 across the country, and counting—provide a much-needed option for almost three million youngsters in 43 states. As students return to school, the enterprise responsible for educating them is changing in ways that few people are aware of. Charters are fomenting a quiet revolution in governance in public education. The prevailing arrangement in America’s 14,000 school systems starts with an elected board. The…

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