Acero charter school network should add, not cut special education positions, union says

Union leaders and their supporters are calling “unconscionable” a decision by the city’s second-largest charter school system’s to slash about two dozen special education positions.

At a time when parents are struggling with remote learning, Acero Schools has chosen to make cuts when they should be adding positions, union leaders said during a Zoom conference call Tuesday. Acero called the claim of cutting staff by half “categorically false.”

“I want to be really, really clear: Acero is choosing to cut positions that serve our most vulnerable population of students. They have told us repeatedly that this is not financially motivated,” said Caroline Rutherford, a union rep for Acero schools.

Rutherford accused Acero of saving “a few pennies on the backs of our students.”

Acero has cut 26 positions — about half of the special education jobs across the organization’s 15-school system — in recent months, union leaders said. The cuts

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EVERFI Launches the Campus Prevention Network Seal of Prevention for Higher Education

2020 award recipients recognized for exceptional commitment to digital student wellness, safety, and inclusion efforts

EVERFI, Inc., the leading social impact education innovator, today launched its new Campus Prevention Network (CPN) Seal of Prevention in collaboration with Parchment, a leading platform for issuing and receiving academic and professional credentials. The CPN Seal of Prevention is awarded to institutions of higher education that have demonstrated a commitment to digital prevention programs tied to student safety, well-being, and inclusion.

Each recipient of the CPN Seal of Prevention has taken action to create a safer, more inclusive campus through comprehensive, evidence-based digital prevention education on issues such as sexual assault, alcohol misuse, mental health, and discrimination. The CPN Seal of Prevention establishes guidelines for discerning quality online prevention education and implementation practices, and positions prevention as central to key institutional outcomes, including recruitment, student success, retention, and advancement.

The CPN Seal of Prevention

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Achieve3000 and Successful Practices Network Bring Gold Star Education Leaders to 2nd Annual National Literacy Summit

RED BANK, N.J., Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Achieve3000, a pioneer in differentiated and personalized PreK-12 instructional solutions, and Successful Practices Network, a not-for-profit membership organization committed to improving education for all students, are once again partnering to present the 2nd Annual National Literacy Summit. In adherence with the CDC’s COVID-19 guidance, this year’s Summit will take place online November 5, 2020, from 8:30 am5:00 pm ET. Dynamic sessions led by 12 of today’s most respected and accomplished education thought leaders will offer compelling perspectives on literacy and learning in today’s rapidly changing K-12 environment.

This one-day professional learning event is designed for educators at all levels who are facing the difficult challenge of literacy instruction in the midst of a pandemic. Thought leaders and expert practitioners will explore the latest innovations and strategies to address the needs of students, especially those most at risk

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