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Did Tenure Reform in Florida Affect Student Test Scores?

Education Next – Celeste Carruthers, David Figlio and Tim Sass

“We examine the elimination of teacher tenure in Florida to better understand how job protections for teachers affect students. We focus on identifying the effect of removing tenure as part of Florida’s 2011 Student Success Act on student outcomes, and in particular the effect if this legislation on student achievement.” (more)

STEM VS. STEM+A [Arts]

SRQ – Jacob Ogles

“Few acronyms developed such ubiquity in the world of education as STEM. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math became the 21st-century buzzwords surrounding education in a world dominated by computers and a growing sense that Asian academia has started to surpass the United States when it came to providing young people the skills to thrive in a digital future. On the Gulf Coast alone, millions have been spent to turn most middle school classrooms into technology labs.” (more)

Walkout Highlights, Coast to Coast: Recapping the Student Protests, and the Sights and Sounds That Helped #Enough Trend on Social Media

The 74 Million – Mitchell Trinka and Laura Fay

“Exactly one month after 17 people were killed in a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students across America walked out of their schools to honor those killed and to protest gun violence. National School Walkout day, which encompassed more than 2,800 protests organized in part by Women’s March, included students, faculty, and supporters walking out for at least 17 minutes at 10 a.m. in each time zone. Most online discussion of the day’s events used the Twitter hashtag #Enough. We’ve highlighted the most notable updates below:.” (more)

How to put mass shooting tragedies in perspective for kids

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“In the wake of yet another deadly school shooting in the United States, one health specialist offers advice on how to ease children’s fears about acts of terror and violence. Consider the child’s age and emotional maturity when weighing the right time to discuss such tragedies, recommends Dr. Hannah Chow, a pediatrician at Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill. “The older they are, the quicker you should tell them. You want to get in front of any misinformation, as they may have already heard the news from another source,” she said in a Loyola news release.” (more)

Is There Any Way For Schools To Prevent Shootings?

NPR – Anya Kamenetz

“Could anyone have stopped this? That’s one of the biggest questions for schools and educators as the nation takes in the facts of the shooting in Parkland, Fla., that has left 17 dead and 23 injured. While the U.S. remains a global outlier by far when it comes to mass shootings, and owns 42 percent of the world’s guns, the fact is that most schools in the country have taken steps to prepare for this kind of threat. Since the Columbine massacre in 1999, schools have changed the way they respond to both potential threats and actual attacks.” (more)