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Poll: More Americans Support Pay Raises for Teachers

There has been a sharp uptick in support for increasing teachers’ pay, according to a recent poll conducted by Education Next, a journal that has been surveying Americans on education issues for more than 10 years.

Among those provided with information on average teacher salaries prevailing in their state, 49 percent said the pay should increase—a 13-point jump from last year.

Of respondents in the six states that experienced teacher strikes in early 2018—Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and West Virginia—63 percent favored boosting teacher pay; 47 percent of respondents who live elsewhere said the same.

Interactive Map Displays School Shootings

Education news site The 74 (T74) has published an interactive U.S. map detailing on-campus school shootings in 2018. Through August, at least 43 people have been killed and 82 have been injured due to shootings on school property, according to their reporting.

The map was updated following a shooting on the grounds of a Denver middle school in late August, during which one student was injured. Prior to that, the tally rose when a shooting took place in Jacksonville, FL, after a high school football game, which resulted in one death and two people being injured. That incident occurred just one week after shots rang out at another high school football game in Wellington, FL, which injured two.

MakerGirl Seeks Expansion into Wisconsin

Former University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students Elizabeth Engele and Julia Haried are hoping to expand their nonprofit STEM program for young girls, called MakerGirl, into the Milwaukee region.

MakerGirl recruits undergraduate students to teach young girls about the design process and cultivate an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math.

MakerGirl CEO Stephanie Hein said the program already has expanded to Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and is now seeking partnerships in the Milwaukee area.

Coding Studio Prepares Students for Real World

The Chicago area is home to many coding studios and boot camps dedicated to teaching web development skills. However, very few of them are geared specifically toward training kids.

Codeverse in Lincoln Park, IL—a coding studio that opened a year ago—has recently raised $10 million from investors, including Listen Ventures, a Chicago-based firm, to open studios to teach students how to code. The company plans to open two Chicago-area studios and hire about 60 employees.

But the firm is not going to stop there. It hopes to expand nationally and offer its kid-specific coding language—KidsScript—as a standalone service. The end game, according to the company’s chief marketing officer and co-founder Katy Lynch, is teaching students skills for the future workforce.