Education reporter Lindsey Foat brings you a curated reading list in the field of education every Friday.
The Kansas Supreme Court unanimously ruled this week that the state must increase funding for K-!2 public schools in order to correct an unconstitutional imbalance between rich and poor school districts. The Kansas Legislature will have until July 1 to determine how they will fund the estimated $130 million funding gap. The Kansas Supreme Court also decided that the larger issue of whether the state is providing accurate funding for education will return to the Shawnee County District Court.
This Saturday, fifth-grader Sophia Hoffman and seventh-grader Kush Sharma will face off to determine who will attend the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May in Washington, D.C. Two weeks ago Hoffman and Sharma went 47 rounds in the Jackson County Spelling Bee before the bee ran out of words.
The College Board announced Wednesday that the SAT will undergo several changes, including a return to the 1,600 point scale and making the essay portion optional. The revisions, aimed at leveling the playing field for low-income students, will go into effect in 2016.
4. Mapping the anxiety about college admissions — The Atlantic
Atlantic reporter John Tierney has attempted to use maps to identify areas of the country that have high anxiety about college admissions. Tierney used the presence of private college-admissions consultants as the main indicator. “When students or families have the financial means, one way they often deal with their anxiety (or manifest it) is by retaining the services of a college-admissions consultant,” Tierney said. The KC area made the map due to the existence of one such firm in Leawood, Kan.
5. Teaching students how to combat traumas of poverty on the yoga mat — PBS NewsHour
Seventh-grade students in California are using yoga to deal with homelessness, shootings, and gang war trauma. Stanford University researchers are hoping that regular yoga classes will help students deal with chronic stress and help them focus on learning.
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