19 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Gates Shift Education Focus, a Showdown in Florida, a Banned Book, and More

1. Gates Foundation to Shift Education Focus

Marking a new chapter in education philanthropy, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will step back from its traditional education reform agenda. Read More

2. How Independent Charters Are Teaming Up to Distance Themselves from DeVos and the National Charter Alliance

At a symposium last week, a number of school leaders agreed to launch a new national organization dedicated to independent, or “mom-and-pop,” charters. Read More

3. School Choice Showdown in Florida

Ron Matus of RedefinED responds to the Orlando Sentinel report criticizing private school choice oversight in Florida. Read More

4. PA Legislator Proposes Education Savings Accounts for Kids Stuck in Failing Schools

Senator John DiSanto hopes to help students stuck in low-performing public schools to have a choice. Read More

5. Documents Reveal San Diego District Pushes Struggling Students to Charter Schools

A 2007 state report said that counseling students into alternative schools can be a way for schools to rid themselves of problem students and those with low GPAs. Read More

6. Why Rural Communities Are Turning to Charters

Residents of some of these towns see maintaining a school as essential to the survival of their community. Read More

7. Why a Netflix Documentary Is Upsetting the Education Establishment

Some are uncomfortable with storylines that, in their eyes, take aim at teachers and elevate charter schools. Read More

8. Caught Sleeping or Worse, Troubled NYC Teachers Will Return to Classrooms

The salaries for those in the reserve cost the Education Department more than $150 million this past school year. Read More

9. Rhode Island Judge Issues Order Barring Teachers Union from Sickouts

The judge said the teachers union was endangering the safety and welfare of children. Read More

10. Mississippi District Bans ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ from Curriculum

After receiving complaints that some of the language in the book made some uncomfortable, the Biloxi School District pulled the book. Read More

11. Mom Upset after Texas School’s Corporal Punishment Left Bruises on Son

Michelle Decker said when her son got home she noticed him limping up the stairs. Read More

12. Judge: Sheriff Who Handcuffed Kids at KY School Violated Their Constitutional Rights

The children who were handcuffed had been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Read More

13. Harvard Study: What Did Zuckerberg’s $100 Million Buy in Newark?

A new study, out Monday, finds that the cash made a difference. Read More

14. Fewer Than 40% of Kansas Students on Track to Be Academically Prepared for College

“If it remains that way, then it’s a serious concern,” said Jim Porter, chairman of the Kansas State Board of Education. Read More

15. Just Half of Massachusetts Students Meet Expectations on State Test

Massachusetts education officials publicly released the spring 2017 test results on Wednesday. Read More

16. Common Core Multiplication Technique Shown to Be Absurdly Complex in Viral Video

A video of a west Georgia elementary school teacher has gone viral, with nearly 9 million views in the last two weeks. Read More

17. Florida Districts File Lawsuit Challenging New Charter School Law

The legal challenge argues the law unconstitutionally forces local school districts to share some local property taxes with charter schools. Read More

18. Nashville District Votes to Join Memphis in Lawsuit Against State over Education Funding

The decision by Nashville schools brings together Tennessee’s two largest school districts in the attempt for more education funds from the state. Read More

19. National School Choice Week Releases Video for Official 2018 Dance

Today, National School Choice Week released the video tutorial of the official dance for 2018. Watch Now

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