EduClips: Cursive Makes a Comeback in Chicago Schools; Fight to Fill Vacated Board Seat in Los Angeles — and More Must-Reads From America’s 15 Biggest School Districts

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IMMIGRATION — Some school districts are preparing for more immigrant students than usual this fall due to the presence of children who were separated from their parents at the border and others who came alone and are settling in their areas.

Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida, wrote Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in June about not being told that 1,000 children were being housed at a shelter in his area. It isn’t clear if the children were separated from parents or came unaccompanied, or both.

“We could have an influx of kids entering our schools, that’s why the secrecy around this issue has been uncomfortable on so many levels,” Carvalho said in a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal.

Carvalho said federal officials responded to his letter but by last week hadn’t set a date to discuss, as he requested. Carvalho, who came to the U.S. as an unaccompanied minor at 17, said he is worried about the emotional trauma the children are going through, having “walked their footsteps.” (Read at The Wall Street Journal)

National News

CAREER-TECHNICAL EDUCATION — As House Prepares to Approve Federal CTE Law, Some Worry That Senate Provision Could Incentivize States to Lower Their Goals for Students (Read at The74Million.org)

SCHOOL SAFETY — Trump's School Safety Commission Probes ‘Trauma-Informed' Mental Health Supports (Read at Politics K-12)

KIPP — New documents show what KIPP told Mike Feinberg leading up to his firing (Read at Chalkbeat)

U.S. EDUCATION DEPARTMENT — Education Dept. Illegally Curbed Workers’ Union Protections, Mediators Suggest (Read at The New York Times)

District and State News

ILLINOIS — Cursive Writing Coming Back to CPS Elementary Schools (Read at Chicago Tonight)

CALIFORNIA — A New Fight in Los Angeles to Fill a Vacated School Board Seat, After a Swing Vote Resigns Following Plea Deal (Read at The74Million.org)

NEW YORK — As clock ticks down, Carranza and de Blasio decry inaction on school-zone cameras (Read at Chalkbeat)

CALIFORNIA — Literacy Lawsuit in California Can Proceed, Court Rules (Read at Education Week)

TEXAS — Teacher shortage areas continue to impact rural school districts (Read at News Channel 10)

NEW YORK — Success Academy charter school CEO Eva Moskowitz begs Mayor de Blasio for classroom space (Read at the New York Daily News)

ILLINOIS — Possible key to black boys' academic success: Hire black men as elementary school teachers (Read at the Chicago Tribune)

FLORIDA — Florida TaxWatch presses for focus on school leadership, role of principals (Read at the Tampa Bay Times)

TEXAS — Science, not oil and gas cheerleading, is needed in Texas classrooms. [Editorial] (Read at the Houston Chronicle)

NEVADA — Bar lowered for students taking ACT in Nevada (Read at KTNV)

Think Pieces

INTEGRATION — The feds are discouraging districts from using race to integrate schools. A new study points to a potential downside (Read at Chalkbeat)

DENVER — Mascareñaz: How Denver’s Schools Can Embrace Change While Building on the Best of Tom Boasberg’s Tenure (Read at The74Million.org)

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE — Restorative justice is about more than just reducing suspensions (Read at The Hechinger Report)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE — How Is AI Used in Education — Real World Examples of Today and a Peek Into the Future (Read at Forbes)

Quote of the Day

“There isn’t any compelling research that says if you don’t teach kids cursive handwriting they’ll be doomed, they’ll never succeed. There’s nothing that points to that.” —Marie Donovan, an associate professor of early childhood teacher education at DePaul University’s College of Education, on a new Illinois law requiring cursive instruction in elementary school. (Read at Chicago Tonight)

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