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Schools reminded of obligations under Title VI amid rising antisemitism

Amid rising antisemitism in schools, districts have been reminded by the Department of Education that they must address address harassment and discrimination based on race, color or national origin. A Dear Colleague letter stated that the department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) may investigate complaints of antisemitic harassment or discrimination under Title VI if districts fail to do so. Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary at the Office for Civil Rights, said: "Schools must take immediate and appropriate action to respond to harassment that creates a hostile environment. Title VI protects all students, including students who are or are perceived to be Jewish, from discrimination based on race, color, or national origin.” According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which tracks incidents of antisemitic harassment, vandalism and assault, there were 494 incidents of antisemitism recorded on school grounds in 2022, marking an almost 50% increase over the prior year. Of those incidents, slightly more than half — 257— were harassment, 232 were mostly vandalism, and five were assaults. In its letter to schools, OCR said it would investigate complaints related to students being subjected to slurs, stereotyped or harassed for ethnic attire, language or skin color. The department also said it plans to conduct site visits to K-12 schools, including those that have experienced increases in antisemitic incidents but have not yet addressed them. 

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California
CA school bond measure passes Senate, headed to Assembly

The California Senate has approved Senate Bill 28, a $15.5bn school construction bond measure that could go before voters in March, and is similar to the $15bn Proposition 13, a failed measure that garnered only 47% voter support in March 2020. SB 28, introduced by state Sen. Steven Glazer (D-Orinda), would provide funding for the construction and modernization of the state's preschools, public schools, community colleges and state universities. Supporters of SB 28 believe, in part, that Proposition 13 failed, because it sowed confusion among voters, since it was labeled the same as the Proposition 13 approved by voters in 1978 that restricts property taxes from rising more than 2% annually unless the property changes hands. The measure now heads to the Assembly. If it passes there, the governor would have to sign it and then a simple majority of voters would need to approve. 

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Texas
Ed. Dept. shares AI recommendations

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (OET) has published a new report which summarizes the opportunities and risks for artificial intelligence (AI) in teaching, learning, research and assessment. The report, entitled "AI and the Future of Teaching and Learning: Insights and Recommendations," addresses the clear need for sharing knowledge, engaging educators and communities, and refining technology plans and policies for AI use in education. It recognizes that AI can enable new forms of interaction between educators and students, help educators address variability in learning, increase feedback loops, and support educators. It also outlines risks associated with AI, including algorithmic bias challenges, and the importance of trust, safety, and appropriate guardrails to protect educators and students.

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Schools reminded of obligations under Title VI amid rising antisemitism

Amid rising antisemitism in schools, districts have been reminded by the Department of Education that they must address address harassment and discrimination based on race, color or national origin. A Dear Colleague letter stated that the department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) may investigate complaints of antisemitic harassment or discrimination under Title VI if districts fail to do so. Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary at the Office for Civil Rights, said: "Schools must take immediate and appropriate action to respond to harassment that creates a hostile environment. Title VI protects all students, including students who are or are perceived to be Jewish, from discrimination based on race, color, or national origin.” According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which tracks incidents of antisemitic harassment, vandalism and assault, there were 494 incidents of antisemitism recorded on school grounds in 2022, marking an almost 50% increase over the prior year. Of those incidents, slightly more than half — 257— were harassment, 232 were mostly vandalism, and five were assaults. In its letter to schools, OCR said it would investigate complaints related to students being subjected to slurs, stereotyped or harassed for ethnic attire, language or skin color. The department also said it plans to conduct site visits to K-12 schools, including those that have experienced increases in antisemitic incidents but have not yet addressed them. 

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