A Weekly Roundup of Education Stories | March 17

by Take Note Staff   |   Mar 16, 2017
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There's plenty to keep up with on the education front, from K-12 curricula to preparing for college to school choice and discipline. The Take Note team is here to cut through some of the noise and bring you relevant, reliable and impactful information on the ever-changing landscape of education. 

Students rushing to fill out the FAFSA in an effort to receive college financial aid are hitting a major roadblock with the IRS. NPR examines the issue and how low-income students, already at a disadvantage, now have greater reason to be concerned. 

Applying For College Aid Just Got Harder

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is down. If those words don't send a shiver up your spine, it means you're not a high school senior or college student rushing to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

 At Emmaus Lutheran School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the discussion about school choice takes a front row seat. PBS Newshour explores how education dollars are divvied up and how vouchers change the discussion.

Are school vouchers good for education? That debate is playing out in Indiana

Indiana is one of nearly 30 states that offer vouchers or similar programs with the goal of allowing parents to use public funds for private schooling. When the state launched the program, it was designed for low-income students. But enrollment skyrocketed when the program was dramatically broadened by then-Gov. Mike Pence.

Parenting in the Digital Age is complicated. NPR’s project “Generation Listen” asks parents for their thoughts on managing screen time limits, privacy and the role of devices and screens in the classroom.

Parent Anxiety, Screen Time And Learning In The Digital Age

"If I can get them out the door with pants on, I feel like we've won the day." A lot of parents can probably relate to those words from a stressed out dad, who's trying to deal with big issues of parenting amid the normal chaos of just getting them to school.

The Star explores a study by researchers in Australia that found kids who had access to e-readers, like Kindles and iPads, tended not to use the electronic devices for reading.

Kids actually like reading paper books more than screens

It seems like you can't go anywhere in public these days without seeing a child with his or her face glued to a screen. But despite the proliferation of electronic devices, kids still prefer reading actual physical books.

Mindshift explores the staggering number of pre-K students being suspended from school and looks to lawmakers in Connecticut to see how they are tackling the issue out-of-school suspensions for children from preschool through second grade.

Suspending Preschoolers Doesn't Work: How Adults Can Intervene

This story is part of a series from NPR Ed exploring the challenges U.S. schools face meeting students' mental health needs. Every year, thousands of children are suspended from preschool. Take a second to let that sink in. According to the U.S.

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