Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Cellphones in Schools

Typically, the discussion around cellphones in school — whether they are learning tools or distractions — has revolved around their impact on measures of academic success like test scores or grades. But in his research, Ed School alum Dylan Lukes looks at other outcomes policymakers should consider.

“I’m hoping to move beyond thinking about test scores and consider the potential importance of other outcomes like discipline and school culture which may factor into student wellbeing,” says Lukes, Ph.D.’22.

As schools are gearing up for the fall, with some considering new and amended policies on the use of cellphones in the

How ZIP codes determine the quality of a child’s education

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Students at Allentown’s Harrison-Morton Middle School look forward to hearing the squeaky wheels of the technology cart approaching their classroom, though the iPads they hold may not be the latest models and time with them is limited.

A luxury in Allentown schools, such technology has become a necessity for many suburban students — something they’re accustomed to tapping at-will and often.

Technology is one of the many things that separate students in Pennsylvania’s school districts, where wealth equates to quality.

Food is another. That’s why the staff at Donegan Elementary School on Bethlehem’s South Side sends

Changes to Indiana antisemitism bill drain support from many in Hoosier Jewish community • Indiana Capital Chronicle

A major change to a bill that would define and ban antisemitism at Indiana’s public education institutions led to a reversal of support and opposition among those who testified on the proposal at the Statehouse Wednesday.

In contention is the removal of a definition of antisemitism adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), which was included in the original version of House Bill 1002.

The IHRA’s “working definition” includes contemporary examples of antisemitism, such as “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor,” and

Six education stories from Chicago that define 2023

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This year brought big shifts for education in Chicago and Illinois. As schools continued to return to normal and recover from the COVID pandemic’s impact on learning, the city elected a new mayor who appointed a new school board.

Schools grappled with a wave of migrants, who partly helped stave off continued enrollment declines, and the district entered a third straight year of transportation problems.

As we approach the end of 2023 and look ahead to 2024, here are six of the biggest education

Illinois 11th graders might take the ACT next year instead of the SAT

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Next year, Illinois high school juniors could take the ACT instead of the SAT as the federally-mandated state test. The Illinois State Board of Education has started the process of awarding a three-year, $53 million contract to ACT Inc.

The College Board’s contract to administer the SAT for 11th graders and PSAT for ninth and 10th graders is set to expire June 30. The state board is required by federal law to administer accountability assessments to high school students. State law says that the

Associations Urge Administration to Prioritize Mental Health Care for College Students

Over the summer, the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury proposed rules to amend current regulations for the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) of 2008, with a goal to better ensure that people seeking coverage for mental health and substance use disorder care can access treatment as easily as people seeking coverage for medical treatments.

The MHPAEA aims to ensure equal access to mental health and substance use disorder care by preventing private health insurance companies from imposing stricter requirements on these benefits compared to medical and surgical benefits. However, barriers to accessing

The biggest education stories of 2023 include ChatGPT, tutoring, and student absenteeism

Three years after the COVID pandemic began, schools across America are still finding their new normal.

School communities are desperately trying to reduce chronically absent students, struggling with how to spend federal COVID relief dollars, implementing new “science of reading” laws, and waffling on how ChatGPT should (or should not) be a part of classrooms.

Below are nine storylines from Chalkbeat reporters across the country that dove into those topics. What education stories mattered most to you this year? We would love to hear from you at [email protected].

AI is here to stay, so how will America’s schools respond? At

Peers call for urgent overhaul of secondary education in England | Secondary schools

A major parliamentary report has called for an urgent overhaul of secondary education in England that would reverse many of the Conservatives’ key educational changes of the past decade.

The House of Lords report says the education system for 11- to 16-year-olds is too focused on academic learning and written exams, resulting in too much learning by rote and not enough opportunity for pupils to pursue creative and technical subjects.

Published on Tuesday, the report also calls for the English baccalaureate, introduced by then education secretary Michael Gove as a school performance measure to encourage the uptake of a narrow