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Map of participating schools 2017-18

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This map shows the schools and youth organisations that are taking part in BBC School Report in the 2017-18 academic year. You can find participating schools and organisations by using the search box or clicking on the map to zoom in or view them by Local Authority area on the A-Z list. The numbers represent groups of schools/youth organisations in specific areas of the UK. Zoom in or select an area to find your school on the map (numbers show total number of schools). If you are viewing this on the BBC News app, you may be unable to access the map - please use this link.

King: Public schools central to American Dream


FILE - In this July 19, 2016, file photo, Education Secretary John B. King, Jr., speaks on a panel with first lady Michelle Obama to college-bound students participating in the Reach Higher initiative's third annual Beating the Odds event in the East Room of the White House in Washington. WASHINGTON -- Days before he is to step down, U.S. Education Secretary John King cautioned against weakening the USA's public education system, calling public schools "fundamental to who we are as a country." King's slated replacement, Michigan billionaire philanthropist Betsy DeVos, has called the system a "dead end" and a monopoly, and has spent years working to strengthen competition in the form of lightly regulated public charter schools and taxpayer-supported private school vouchers. In an interview, King, 42, said the role of the U.S. Department of Education "is to ensure a strong public education system in early learning, in K-12 and in higher ed." That belief will likely be put to the test over the next four years.

Turkey coup: 15,200 education staff suspended

BBC News

More than 15,000 education staff in Turkey have been suspended after last week's failed coup, as a purge of state officials widens still further. The Ministry of Education accused them of links to Fethullah Gulen, a US-based cleric the Turkish government says was behind Friday's uprising. Mr Gulen denies any involvement with the coup attempt . Turkey's High Education board has also ordered the resignation of over 1,500 university deans, state media reported. It comes after Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim vowed to take action against Mr Gulen's supporters.

School Shutdown Hits Special Education Classrooms Hard

U.S. News

"Because the work that is being provided cannot replicate what you would do in a six-hour school day," said Katrina Lee, the supervisor of special education for Charlottesville City Schools. "Being able to acknowledge that is really important in planning for special education. We have students who have hours of services a day if you think about their reading, math, emotional self-regulation and executive functioning. And to do all of that at home when the day for them is very different would be overwhelming."

DeVos Touts School Choice, STEM as Education Priorities

U.S. News

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has announced a set of priorities for states and schools competing for federal grant money. The areas of focus, outlined in a statement on Wednesday, range from school choice to science and technology to special education to school safety. The department distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in grants each year, and education secretaries have historically used these competitions to push their priorities. School choice, or the promotion of charter schools and private school voucher programs as an alternative to district schools, has been a focus of the Trump administration. There are a total of 11 priorities on DeVos' list.