Colleges implement testing requirement for graduation (The Hechinger Report): Several colleges and universities around the country are introducing exit tests as a way to determine whether a student is ready for graduation. The trend comes as employers and lawmakers raise concerns that many college graduates are unprepared for the workforce.
D.C. schools encourage teachers to make home visits (The Washington Post): A new initiative in Washington, D.C., is paying teachers to visit students’ homes and talk with their parents. Called the Family Engagement Foundation, the program trains teachers how to effectively connect with parents and pays them $34 per visit.
Sub-zero temperatures close Chicago schools (Chicago Tribune): Chicago Public Schools has canceled classes for Monday and Tuesday as the region faces a cold snap with wind chills expected to reach minus 35 degrees. Hundreds of schools in the city’s suburbs are also closed.
- College coaches start scouting athletes before high school (The New York Times)
- North Carolina charter school would focus on vocations (South Charlotte News)
- Two Idaho school districts consider mascot changes (AP)
- Should schools teach kids to meditate? (The Atlantic)
- ACLU accuses Louisiana school of religious harassment (AP)