19 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Unthinkable Research on Teacher Pay, a Girl Scout's Campaign, and More

1. Research Suggests the Unthinkable: Pay Hard-to-Find Teachers More

Policymakers across the country have fretted about a new wave of potential teacher shortages, particularly in certain subjects and schools. Now a new study offers a straightforward solution. Read More

2. 10-Year-Old Girl Scout Launches National Campaign to Get Girls to Raise Their Hands in Class

Last year on a fourth-grade field trip, I noticed that all the boys stood in the front and raised their hands while most of the girls politely stayed in the back and were quiet. It made me upset. Read More

3. Betsy DeVos: I Was ‘Undercoached’ for Confirmation Hearing

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos blamed the Trump transition team for how it handled her Senate confirmation hearing. Read More

4. Betsy DeVos Dressed As 90s TV Teacher Ms. Frizzle and Twitter Freaked Out

‘The difference is Ms. Frizzle saw the value in quality public education,’ congressman Tim Ryan tweeted. Read More

5. POLITICO Profiles Koch Brothers Organizations’ Mission to Empower Parental School Choice

With school choice efforts stalled in Washington, the Koch brothers’ network is engaged in state-by-state battles with teachers unions and politicians. Read More

6. AFT Union President Says She Met with Steve Bannon to Discuss Trump Agenda

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten met one-on-one with then-White House chief strategist Steve Bannon back in March. Read More

7. 58% of Teachers Responding to AFT Union Survey Say Their Mental Health Is ‘Not Good’

A long list of anxieties is taking a toll on teachers, a new survey shows. Read More

8. 6th-Graders at Milwaukee Charter School Go Viral with ‘Excellence First!’ Rap Video

Two students from the class at Milwaukee Excellence Charter School lead the video, “Excellence First!”, which has gained attention from women leaders across the country. Read More

9. Why South Carolina Is Set to Ramp Up Efforts to Expand Private School Choice

Chad Connelly has been named executive director of Exceptional SC, a nonprofit created to run the state’s private school choice program. Read More

10. Kansas City Superintendent: District Failures Have Led to Families Choosing Charters

At the end of the last school year, KCPS enrollment had plummeted to just more than 14,000 students, while charters had close to 12,000 students. Read More

11. CO School Board Races Draw Outsize Attention As Ed Reform, School Choice at Stake

Voters in two Colorado school districts will go to the polls next week for school board races that could have implications far beyond their borders and that have attracted a commensurate level of national attention. Read More

12. Group: Liberal Social Indoctrination Creating Schools where ‘Innocence Is at Risk’

“We believe that innocence is at risk in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system,” Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the N.C. Values Coalition. Read More

13. Nashville Officials Accused of Punishing Teachers Who Reported Suspected Sex Abuse

Nashville school administrators are accused of punishing teachers at Glencliff High School who reported suspicions of a teacher sexually assaulting a student. Read More

14. Teachers Say Assistant Principal Ordered Them to Give Students Grades They Didn’t Earn

Some teachers at a Shelby County high school say they’re frustrated after receiving an email from the assistant principal asking them to give students grades they didn’t earn. Read More

15. Buffalo District Pays $7.5M Tax Bill Partly Due to Cosmetic Surgery for Employees

The audit was just one of several that scrutinized the school district last year for one thing or another. Read More

16. Two-Thirds of IL Schools Posted Below-Average to Rock-Bottom SAT Scores

Average scores ranged from the low 740s to the high 1300s, reflecting wide disparities in performance at more than 700 high schools statewide. Read More

17. ‘Credit Recovery’ Courses Challenged in NC As a Loophole to Actual Learning

An online program that has helped boost North Carolina’s high school graduation rate is drawing questions from state education leaders. Read More

18. Only Half of Californians Think College is Necessary

Is college necessary? It turns out about half of Californians don’t think so, according to a new Public Policy Institute of California survey. Read More

19. How Was This Star 17-Year Old Athlete Eligible to Play in a Different District? He Got Married

Two things set this year’s football season at one Arkansas school apart from most of those of the past decade: wins and a wedding. Read More

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