Response: Everything you Wanted to Know About Dual Immersion but Were Afraid to ask - Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo - Education Week Teacher

Elizabeth B. Beltran, Barbara Gottschalk, Dr. Conor P. Williams, Carol Salva, Margarita Calderón, Ph.D., Shawn Slakk and Leslie Davison explain what “dual immersion” is in concept and in practice. …read more

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State Chiefs at Conference Tout Equity Policies in ESSA Plans - State EdWatch - Education Week

State education departments and some advocacy groups have previously sparred over whether their ESSA plans assure equity between white students and students of color. …read more

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Judge OKs evaluation for Illinois teen accused in shooting - Education Week

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Illinois district turns 'snow day' into 'e-learning day' - Education Week

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Introducing Your Special Guest Stars: Thompson, Lindsay, Saultz, Strunk, Cowen, Steele, and Cummings - Rick Hess Straight Up - Education Week

I’m taking my every-so-often break from RHSU for the next few weeks and will be handing the reins off to a crop of stellar guest bloggers. Here’s what you can look forward to. …read more

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State predicts school improvement plan to be approved soon - Education Week

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Senate Hopeful Mitt Romney May Not Love Trump, But He's Backed Up Betsy DeVos - Politics K-12 - Education Week

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee and ex-Massachusetts governor has said and done plenty when it comes to public schools. …read more

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Mississippi high school graduation rate at record 83 percent - Education Week

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'It's Dark in the Classrooms': Stories From Puerto Rico Show the Stress on Schools - Politics K-12 - Education Week

Check out the stories, videos, and more from our most recent reporting visit to Puerto Rico. Hundreds of schools could be shut down and the island’s education system could soon undergo a serious overhaul. …read more

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Religious Freedom Restoration Act Advances in Iowa Senate

By Shane Vander Hart

Iowa Senate Chamber
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Iowa’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) survived the first funnel week of the 2018 legislative session. SSB 3171, sponsored by State Senator Julian Garrett (R-Indianola) was passed out of the Iowa Senate Local Government Committee by a 7 to 4 vote Wednesday evening.

The bill seeks to “restore the compelling interest test as set forth in Sherbert v. Verner, 374 U.S. 398 (1963) and Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205 (1972), and to guarantee its application in all cases where the free exercise of religion is substantially burdened by state action.”

The bill is meant to be interpreted as consistent with the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 that was passed with bipartisan support in Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton.

The goal is to ensure that Iowan’s religious freedom and right to conscience is protected and to give Iowans a defense should those rights be infringed by the state.

The bill reads:

Government shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, unless it is demonstrated that applying the burden to that person’s exercise of religion is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.

It states the recourse Iowans should have if the state takes such action:

A person whose exercise of religion has been burdened in violation of this chapter may assert such violation as a claim or defense in a judicial or administrative proceeding and obtain appropriate relief.

The law applies to action take by state and local government.

The House version of the bill, HF 2209, sponsored by State Representative Sandy Salmon (R-Janesville) and co-sponsored by State …read more

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