11 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

GOP Tax Reform Would Allow Parents to Use 529 Savings Plan for K-12 Private School Expenses and More

1. Watch: School Board Member Gets 10 Flat Tires after Blog Post about Quitting Teachers Union

Lodi, New Jersey, school board member Ryan Curioni posted an article on his personal blog informing teachers how they can opt out of the union. The next day “all hell broke loose.” Read More 

2. Inside Betsy DeVos’s Efforts to Shrink the Education Department

The seventh floor of the Education Department’s headquarters near the Mall used to bustle. Now, nearly a dozen offices sit empty and quiet. Read More

3. NJ Senate President Wins Re-Election by 18 Points after Teachers Union Throws $5M Against Him

State Senate President Stephen Sweeney, the most powerful lawmaker in New Jersey, easily won re-election Tuesday despite an expensive and bloody effort by the state’s largest teachers union to oust him from the seat he’s held for nearly 16 years. Read More

4. Anti-Voucher Candidates Win CO School Board Races That Drew National Attention

A slate of anti-school voucher candidates won a contentious race Tuesday night for the Douglas County School Board, effectively killing the district’s controversial voucher program and entirely remaking the seven-member board. Read More

5. PIE Network Announces 2017 ‘Eddies’ Winners for Education Reform Work

Advocacy is hard work. Advocates take tough stands and hold strong in sometimes unpopular positions. Please join us in congratulating the following 2017 Eddies! award winners. Read More

6. NH Governor Urges House to Approve ESA Bill after Senate Passage

A Senate-passed bill that would give parents state funding to send their children to private schools heads for a key committee vote with the enthusiastic support of Gov. Chris Sununu, who on Tuesday urged the House Education Committee to endorse it. Read More

7. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has Allowed a Bill to Become Law that Weakens Teacher Seniority Protections & Gives School Districts More Flexibility in their Rationale for Making Layoffs.

A Senate-passed bill that would give parents state funding to send their children to private schools heads for a key committee vote with the enthusiastic support of Gov. Chris Sununu, who on Tuesday urged the House Education Committee to endorse it. Read More

8. Over-Regulation Blamed for Teacher Shortage in Illinois

One of the main focuses of the Illinois State Board of Education in the coming year is going to be accounting for the shortage of teachers. A reform advocate says the state needs to change how they qualify a hirable teacher. it. Read More

9. KY Teachers Union Says 401K-Style Pension Reform ‘Will Destroy Public Service As We Know It’

“The governor’s plan does many things that, by our estimation, will destroy public service as we know it,” said Stephanie Winkler, president of the Kentucky Education Association, speaking at a news conference at Woodford County High School. Read More

10. Investigation Finds 5,500 MD District Students’ Grades Changed Days before Graduation

One of the main focuses of the Illinois State Board of Education in the coming year is going to be accounting for the shortage of teachers. A reform advocate says the state needs to change how they qualify a hirable teacher. it. Read More

11. Tax Reform Bill Would Allow Parents to Use 529 Savings Plan for K-12 Private School Expenses

Parents would be able to use a tax-free savings account originally created for college expenses to put away money for private K-12 school tuition under a proposal in the GOP tax reform bill, a move that would largely aid families who can already afford private school tuition. Read More

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