Youth News Digest

Dept. of Ed Trying to Boost Student Achievement With New Teacher Quality Measures

The Department of Education has announced new efforts to strengthen teacher quality, particularly for disadvantaged students, nationally. The Excellent Educators for All Initiative seeks to allow the Department of Education to connect chief state school officers across the country to bring about necessary change for teacher quality. Dept. of Education boss Arne Duncan/Official Photo Education

School Board Eases Disciplinary Policy, Spares Youngest from Suspension, Expulsion

The Chicago Public School Board of Education passed yet another proposed revision of the Student Code of Conduct Wednesday, aiming to soften the disciplinary policy and curb the suspension and expulsion rates. Some of the changes seek to spare students from pre-K to second grade from suspension, drastically reduce police involvement in school disciplinary actions,