13 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Teachers Fight Back, Families Line Up for Charters, and More

1. Teachers Attacked by Students Meet with Feds to Discuss Permissive Trend in School Discipline Policies

The group includes John Ekblad, whose teaching career ended when a St. Paul student choke-slammed him during a lunchroom fight. Read More

2. 45 Harrisburg Teachers Resign As Student Violence Escalates

Teachers pleaded with district administrators to help support them as they deal with what they are calling an unprecedented level of misbehavior. Read More

3. Baltimore Teachers Protest School Discipline Policies, Saying Their Safety Is at Risk

Baltimore teachers protested the lack of discipline in some schools, saying it is putting teachers at risk of being harmed by their students. Read More

4. Employees in the Civil Rights Office at the Department of Ed Offered Buyouts

The Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights could lose 45 employees because of early separation offers, according to a document obtained by POLITICO from a congressional office. Read More

5. Newspaper Fact Check: AZ Charter Kids of All Racial and Ethnic Groups Outperform the State

For example, 34 percent of Hispanic or Latino students in charter schools passed the English portion of the AzMERIT exam, whereas 28 percent of Hispanic or Latino students statewide passed the English portion. Read More

6. New Solution to Teacher Shortages Caused by Stifling Certification Requirements: Charter Conversion

“We were faced with the issue of turning over a lot of staff at a time when we were making some real momentum,” said Cecilia Robinson, superintendent of Millwood Public Schools. Read More

7. Thousands of Students on Waitlists for Rochester Charter Schools As Performance Soars

Charter school enrollment has boomed over the last 10 years as more schools have opened and expanded. Read More

8. Parent Backlash after San Francisco Board of Ed Rejects KIPP Charter School

Many said the school board was cutting off a lifeline for educating underserved students, specifically black students, in the neighborhood. Read More

9. Wisconsin School Report Cards: Zero Failing Districts, 117 Failing Schools

Zero school districts received a failing grade, down from five districts last year. The number of failing schools rose from 99 to 117, an 18 percent increase. Read More

10. SC Supreme Court Throws Out 24-Year-Old School Equity Lawsuit

More than 30 poor, rural school districts argued they did not have the money or resources to provide children with a quality education. Read More

11. States Increased K-12 Education Funding by 4% in Fiscal 2017

State spending on K-12 education rose over the past year despite lackluster tax collections, as budgets continue to tick upward from the abyss of the Great Recession. Read More

12. Study: American Kids May Score Better on Tests If You Pay Them for Answers

The study sheds light on a long-simmering debate over the perennial underperformance of U.S. students on international tests. Read More

13. Girls Outperform Boys in Collaborative Problem Solving, According to OECD Report

Girls were 1.6 times more likely to be top performers in collaborative work, while boys were 1.6 times more likely to be low achievers. Read More

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