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Tennessee passes bill to let teachers carry guns in schools

Tennessee passes bill to let teachers carry guns in schools

Lawmakers in Tennessee passed a measure Tuesday that would allow school staff to carry concealed handguns on school grounds, sending the bill to the governor a year after a shooter opened fire and killed six people at a Nashville school. The Tennessee House cleared the legislation in a 68-28 vote. The state Senate, which is also controlled by the GOP, passed the measure earlier this month. Protesters could be heard in the gallery chanting, “Blood on your hands,” during Tuesday’s floor proceedings. State Rep. Ryan Williams, a Republican sponsor of the House bill and State Sen. Paul Bailey, a Republican who sponsored the bill in the upper chamber, did not immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday. A spokesperson for Republican Gov. Bill Lee did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether he planned to sign the measure into law. Under the legislation, faculty and staff members who wish to carry a concealed handgun on school grounds would need to complete a minimum of 40 hours of approved training specific to school …

Deprived schools more likely to see scores fall

Deprived schools more likely to see scores fall

Analysis comes as Covid impact and potential Labour changes may spell end to measure in its current form Analysis comes as Covid impact and potential Labour changes may spell end to measure in its current form More from this theme Recent articles Schools with the poorest intakes are more likely to have seen their progress 8 scores drop over the past eight years, new analysis suggests. FFT Education Datalab analysed progress 8 scores by school type, region and demographics between 2016 and 2023. It comes after the government announced that it won’t implement alternative progress measures in the next two academic years. The next two GCSE cohorts do not have key stage 2 SATs results because of the Covid pandemic. This, coupled with Labour’s pledge to reform the measure, means “it’s possible that 2024 will be the last time we see progress 8 in its current form,” said Datalab’s Katie Beynon. The organisation took public progress 8 data, and divided schools into five equal “quintiles” based on the proportion of year 11 pupils who had …

Prayer rituals in schools remain a divisive issue | Schools

Prayer rituals in schools remain a divisive issue | Schools

I was disappointed by the court ruling on Michaela community school’s prayer ban (High court upholds top London school’s ban on prayer rituals, 16 April), and shocked to see the jubilant reaction from several prominent politicians. Children praying in school is not disruptive or threatening, and for Kemi Badenoch to suggest that these pupils are attempting to “impose their views on an entire school community” screams of xenophobia. With this ruling, it’s the other way around. The prayer ban tells Muslim children that their religious and cultural practices are foreign and undesirable, and in doing so forces conformity to a homogeneous British identity. I attended a Catholic school in Glasgow with a large number of Muslim students. Many wore hijabs and observed Ramadan, and every Friday a lot of my friends would go to a nearby mosque for midday prayers. In a school system where religious education was taught out of a textbook by old white men, having the opportunity to learn about other cultures through discussions with my peers and exposure to their lifestyles …

Many in Gen Z ditch colleges for trade schools. Meet the ‘toolbelt generation’

Many in Gen Z ditch colleges for trade schools. Meet the ‘toolbelt generation’

Sy Kirby dreaded the thought of going to college after graduating from high school. He says a four-year degree just wasn’t in the cards for him or his bank account. “I was facing a lot of pressure for a guy that knew for a fact that he wasn’t going to college,” Kirby says. “I knew I wasn’t going to sit in a classroom, especially since I knew I wasn’t going to pay for it.” Instead, at the age of 19, Kirby took a job at a local water department in southern Arkansas. He said the position helped him to develop the skills that helped him start his own construction company. Sy Kirby, who runs his own construction company, says a four-year degree just wasn’t in the cards for him or his bank account. Will Anderson hide caption toggle caption Will Anderson Sy Kirby, who runs his own construction company, says a four-year degree just wasn’t in the cards for him or his bank account. Will Anderson Now at age 32, Kirby finds himself mentoring many …

‘Soaked and muddy’: British Muslims tell their stories of prayer at school | Schools

‘Soaked and muddy’: British Muslims tell their stories of prayer at school | Schools

It was in year nine when Hanzla started praying in the playground during lunchtime at his secondary school in Birmingham, despite restrictions from his teachers. “I’d find anywhere in the playground and get my friends to kind of make a circle around me – those friends were Muslims and non-Muslims – so the teachers would not find out,” he said. “A lot of the time it used to be raining and sometimes even snowing and the weather was cold.” Hanzla, now a 20-year-old university student, said he began praying at the school the year before in the classroom of a Muslim teacher. However, once other members of staff became aware, Hanzla said this was later “banned”, leading him to take his prayer to the playground. “Normally we tried to find a quiet corner on the playground so in between buildings or in the corner of the playground,” he said. “My prayer mat was getting soaked and muddy because obviously it would have been raining that day so I used to come home and say: look …

Bill Maher Calls Out Hollywood Pedophilia And The Gay Agenda In Schools

Bill Maher Calls Out Hollywood Pedophilia And The Gay Agenda In Schools

It’s not the easiest thing for a person to step away from their peer group and question the dogmatic political path the mob has chosen to follow.  When it comes to the woke left, stepping out of line is doubly difficult because any deviation from the approved ideology usually means immediate cancellation and excommunication (one’s career is in danger).  Only a few years ago it would have been unheard of for a mainstream celebrity to break from the progressive pack and speak publicly about inconvenient truths.  Those few that did were quickly blacklisted. Consider the bizarre leftist war on Star Wars actress Gina Carano, who expressed conservative views on the trans issue and was told she had to participate in a company sponsored Zoom struggle session.  The message was clear:  She was expected to sublimate herself in front of a crowd of 45 finger-wagging LGBT people in order to make amends.  When she refused and continued defending her personal conservative ideals online, she was made an example of and cast out of Hollywood.  Bill Maher …

Special schools are in crisis – but does Westminster get it?

Special schools are in crisis – but does Westminster get it?

More from this theme Recent articles All schools are facing a range of financial pressures, but these pressures are particularly acute in the special and alternative provision sector. This comes at a time when there is increased demand for special school places, with the majority of schools in the sector working at or over capacity. Place funding for special and AP schools has been static for over a decade, at £10,000. And there are no signs of real financial growth for the sector over the coming years, as schools deal with increasing demand on specialist provision. As well as increased demand and a lack of increased funding, there is also a great deal of uncertainty around what funding schools will receive. Schools are constantly having to battle to access a range of funding pots and grants. And funding changes and information from central government is often not delivered in a timely manner, making it difficult for schools to budget properly. At the local authority level, there is a great deal of variety in funding arrangements. …

Personal information of parents, staff at 127 schools accessed in data security breach

Personal information of parents, staff at 127 schools accessed in data security breach

SINGAPORE: A data breach at one of its vendors has resulted in the “unauthorised access” of names and email addresses of parents and staff from five primary and 122 secondary schools, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said on Friday (Apr 19).  MOE said it was notified by Mobile Guardian that its user management portal had been breached on Wednesday, with the incident occuring at the company’s headquarters in Surrey, United Kingdom.  Mobile Guardian is a device management app (DMA) installed on personal learning devices used by students, like iPads and Google Chromebooks. The app enables parents to manage students’ device usage by restricting applications or websites and screen time.  MOE added its own device management app was not affected by the data breach as it is separate from Mobile Guardian’s user management portal and “remains safe for use”. “There is no evidence of unauthorised access into the MOE DMA. Parents whose students use the iPad or Chromebook can continue to use the DMA as usual,” it said. The ministry as well as the schools involved will notify …

75% of primary schools cut teaching assistants

75% of primary schools cut teaching assistants

More headteachers cutting staff amid warning primaries face ‘rapid deterioration’ due to funding woes More headteachers cutting staff amid warning primaries face ‘rapid deterioration’ due to funding woes More from this theme Recent articles Three-quarters of primary schools have had to cut teaching assistants numbers, despite the continued rise in pupils with special educational needs. The annual Sutton Trust school funding survey reveals a worsening picture for school finances. As well as staff cuts, activities are also being chopped. Sir Peter Lampl Sir Peter Lampl, the Sutton Trust founder, said the “erosion of schools funding coupled with rising costs is having a major impact on the ability of schools to provide the support that low-income students need”.  “It is disgraceful that increasing numbers of school leaders are having to cut essential staff and essential co-curricular activities.” The proportion of senior leaders reporting cuts in teaching staff (32 per cent), teaching assistants (69 per cent) and support staff (46 per cent) has risen this year. At primary, 74 per cent of leaders said they have reduced …

Schools create safe spaces amid gun violence, but students want more security

Schools create safe spaces amid gun violence, but students want more security

The busy halls of North Community High School in Minneapolis in between classes. Caroline Yang for NPR hide caption toggle caption Caroline Yang for NPR The busy halls of North Community High School in Minneapolis in between classes. Caroline Yang for NPR The students at North Community High School in Minneapolis have seen a lot. Some things, morbid curiosities: a bullet, freshly fired, spinning and melting the rubber on the track surrounding the school’s football field. Others, much more painful: the murder of Deshaun Hill Jr., shot and killed two years ago just blocks from the school. He was 15 years old, and the quarterback of the football team. “That was my best friend, so we did everything with each other. I feel like that’s the toughest thing, just knowing that he’s not physically by my side anymore,” senior Kahlil Brown says. Last spring, another member of the football team was shot in both legs. He survived. “It is not normal. It shouldn’t be seen as normal. But we go through it so much that …