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U.S. Test Scores Plummet to Historic Lows

The Education Department says plans are underway to address the learning loss.

Ghosting Comes to Job Candidates

Job candidates are increasingly reporting instances of being "ghosted" during the hiring process, according to a recent survey by Greenhouse.

Survey Explores Educators' Safety Perceptions in School

A recent survey conducted by Education Week delves into the sentiments of educators regarding their safety in school settings.

Developing a Policy for Transgender Students

Many independent schools have developed or are in the process of developing policies and procedures regarding students who are transgender or gender non-conforming. Often relevant laws are not applicable.

The Case for Banning Phones in School

Numerous studies have shown that since the advent of smart phones and instant access to social media in 2012, youth mental health has declined. NYU social psychologist Jonathan Haidt outlines 5 levels of phone control.

AI Tools for Development Professionals

Tech companies are developing AI tools specifically for nonprofits that raise money. Microsoft Office, Salesforce and Google as well as Dataro and Donorbox are releasing tools.

Supreme Court To Rule on Affirmative Action

Colleges and universities are closely watching for the Supreme Court's decision on affirmative action, among other cases. The Common App will still ask about applicants' race and ethnicity.

Weight and Height Discrimination Bans Gain Momentum

On May 26, New York City Mayor Eric Adams signed legislation that will ban discrimination based on body size by adding weight and height to the list of protected categories.

Nearly Half of LGBTQ+ Workers Fear Career Backlash

Despite national strides in LGBTQ+ representation and inclusion, nearly half of LGBTQ+ workers don’t think they’d be promoted if open with their identities, according to SHRM research.

Most Americans Think Teachers are Underpaid, Survey Shows

In one poll of 1,316 K-12 parents, three-quarters (75%) of respondents said teachers are "asked to do too much work for the pay they receive."

Students and Parents Are Choosing AI-Powered Tools Over Traditional Tutoring

The growing trust and belief in ChatGPT have sparked a significant transformation in how parents and students perceive tutoring.

Importance of Gender Diversity in School Security

Hiring female security officers can improve school security efforts. They may be more likely to identify signs of gender-based incidents and can be a resource to female students and staff.

U.S. Surgeon General Warns Against Kids' Social Media Use

Surgeon general Vivek Murthy warned last week that social media poses a profound risk to children, with excessive use impacting sleep, relationships and depression that can lead to suicidal thoughts.

International Recruitment Partnership Ends in Acrimony

Once a model partnership that brought the University of South Florida tens of millions in revenue, its relationship with an international student pathway company is ending in the courtroom.

AI Guidance from EEOC

Employers can't rely on a vendor's assurances that its AI tool complies with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. If the tool results in an adverse discriminatory impact, the employer may be liable.

Teacher Satisfaction Up But Still Historically Low

The second annual Merrimack College Teacher Survey shows that two-thirds of teachers say they’re satisfied with their jobs, up from 56% last year. 20% percent say they’re “very satisfied,” up from 12%.

Key Handbook Updates for 2023-34

On a regular basis, independent schools should reflect on their current policies and procedures as stated in their handbooks, analyze which still function well and which do not. Consider these points.

IRS 2024 HSA Adjustments Announced

The IRS has announced 2024 HSA limits, adjusted for inflation. These impact the annual contribution limitation and what qualifies as a high deductible health plan among other areas.

NBOA Featured on Associations Thrive Podcast

NBOA President and CEO Jeff Shields was the guest on the Associations Thrive podcast, in the episode released May 11, 2023. He discussed how NBOA, born in 1998, is a "digital native" association. 

Financial, Environmental Concerns Over School Chromebooks

 If the lifespans of Google Chromebooks expanded twofold, U.S. schools could save $1.8 billion.



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