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2018 Highlights: The Top 5 Stories Grasping Everyone's Attention

It’s July! That means we’re more than halfway through 2018. Guess it’s true what they say about time.

While summer break is in full wing, we’re two short months from the beginning of a new school year.

From tough conversations around school violence to teacher unrest to budget challenges, a lot has happened so far this year.

As students, teachers, and school leaders catch their breath and recharge, let’s take a quick look back at the issues and stories that got people talking this year.

Unsurprisingly, the list skews heavily toward safety–and student health and well-being.

1. 3 questions about the use of cameras in classrooms

In the wake of tragedies in places like Parkland and Sante Fe, school districts are examining every possible way to improve safety–including new technology. Will classroom cameras help create safer learning environments–or, are they a threat to student and teacher privacy? Read the story.

2. As the school safety debate wages, schools lead hard conversations

A look at the days immediately following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., including reactions from school leaders, lawmakers, and students. As students continue to speak out about violence, this story gives us insight into how far we’ve come–and how little has changed–in the months following the tragedy. Read the story.

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3. New Fla. law provides vouchers for bullying victims. Will it start a trend?

In light of recent school violence, the conversation about school bullying is once again at the forefront of school safety conversations. A Florida law passed in March, just three weeks after the Parkland shooting, allows bullying victims to choose out of their current school. Read the story.  

4. Report: SEL a ‘must-have’ for schools

Many education leaders and teachers have seen first-hand the positive effects of social-emotional learning on student success. But, according to a study from the Aspen Institute, SEL might also be the key to a more equitable society. Read the story.

5. Report: Rural schools face common challenges, but need unique solutions

When we think about the achievement gap, we usually think about students in urban schools. But rural schools face both similar and unique challenges, according to a study from the Center for Public Education (CPE). Here’s a quick look at the challenges facing rural school districts–and possible solutions to improve student success. Read the story.

What do you think of this list? Do these issues resonate with your schools? What’s your favorite TrustED story so far in 2018? Tell us in the comments.