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Legal Developments and New Data in School Shootings

With the increasing frequency of school shootings in the United States, courts are now examining the responsibilities of parents, school officials, and gun manufacturers in these tragic events.

Episode 1: The Teamwork Behind a Turnaround

Episode 1 highlights the head of school-business officer partnership behind a remarkable enrollment turnaround at Lakefield College School, a day/boarding school in Lakefield, Ontario. Head of School Anne-Marie Kee and CFO and Tim Rutherford are guests.

Workers Feel Replaceable Despite Hiring Surge

More than half (53%) of Americans report feeling easily replaceable in their job position and 64% of workers say their company does not offer opportunities for internal mobility.

U.S. Adults Split on Public Education Satisfaction

About half of U.S. adults (51%) believe the public K-12 education system is on the wrong path, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.

Universities Build Own Chat-GPT Tools

A small number of institutions have created their own versions of ChatGPT for student and faculty use as a way to overcome concerns about equity, privacy and intellectual property rights.

Enrollment Up at 46% of Private Schools

46% of private schools that responded to the Cato Institute 2023 Private School Enrollment Survey reported enrollment increases between the 2022–23 and 2023–24 school years, while 25% saw decreases.
  • Regulatory Updates

4th Circuit Court Holds That 501(c)(3) Status Is Not Federal Financial Assistance

In a significant decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed a 2022 ruling that an independent school's 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status constitutes federal financial assistance.

Surveys Confirm: Pay Transparency Now Common Practice

Pay transparency is officially a best practice as the majority of organizations (60%) now publish salary ranges in job ads, up 15% over last year.

U.C. Berkeley Parents Hire Private Security

This group has allocated over $40,000 of donated funds toward security patrols in the vicinity of the campus, though not on the campus itself.

Report Highlights Challenges in School Innovation

Only 26 percent of federally-funded innovation initiatives showed positive benefits for students. However, many initiatives lacked proper testing, leading to null results.

Survey: Female Leaders Struggle with Appearance Expectations

Despite ascending to senior roles in school systems and state departments, the vast majority of female leaders in schools experience bias and think often about quitting.

Higher Ed Leaders Confident in Financial Stability

82% of college presidents feel confident about their financial health over the next five years.

Parents Favor Moderate Cell Phone Rules in Schools

Parents largely recognize the positive impact of cell phones on their children, despite concerns about distractions and social media usage, according to a new survey by the National Parents Union.
  • Regulatory Updates

New Rules for Independent Contractors

Organizations will find it harder to classify workers as independent contractors thanks to key changes made by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) earlier this year.

The SAT Goes Fully Digital

The digital SAT, expected to be taken by over 1 million students, reflects a broader trend toward digital education and assessment.

Can AI Help Determine Student Aid Funding?

State leaders in Nevada have introduced a new AI-generated funding formula for schools, aimed at enhancing the accuracy of aid allocation by predicting graduation likelihood.

Independent School Endowments Rebound with 9.2% Average Return

Endowment performance for independent schools rebounded in the last fiscal year, with an average return of 9.2 percent in fiscal year 2022-2023.

Key Handbook Updates for the 2024-25 School Year

As schools gear up for the 2024-2025 academic year, updating their handbooks is essential to meet new challenges.

CDC Lifts COVID Isolation Guidelines

People with COVID-19 no longer need to isolate for five days before returning to work or school, according to the CDC.

Supreme Court Declines HS Admissions Case

The Supreme Court will not review a challenge to the admissions system for a prestigious Virginia magnet school, signaling the Court may not be ready to revisit the issue of race in admissions. 

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