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20 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

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1. Black Students Punished More than White Students in Public Schools, Government Watchdog Says

Black students in the nation’s public schools are disciplined more often and more severely than white students, a government watchdog found in a report issued this week. Read Now

2. Kentucky Teachers ‘Madder Than Hornets’ In Rally For Education Funding

Thousands of Kentucky teachers filled the streets near the state Capitol in Frankfort on a cold, overcast Monday to rally for education funding. Read Now

3. Arizona Teachers Willing to Set Walkout Date: ‘We Must Do Whatever We Can’

Leaders of Arizona teachers groups say they’re willing to set a walkout date, and they’re framing a school “walk-in” protest next week as a dry run for a walkout. Read Now

4. More than One-Fifth of NC Teachers Chronically Absent

Last school year, 22.6% of North Carolina’s 98,000 teachers were chronically absent, meaning they used 10 or more nonconsecutive sick days. Read Now

5. Poll: Plurality in NYC Consider Legacy of Departing Schools Chief More Failure than Success

As Chancellor Carmen Fariña prepares to step down from running the nation’s largest school system, many New York City voters won’t be sad to see her go, according to a new Quinnipiac poll released Thursday. Read Now

6. Study: Most State High School Graduation Requirements Aren’t Enough for Entry Into Local Public Colleges

In 46 states, proficiency standards for high school graduation are not aligned with entrance requirements to their flagship public institutions, according to a new study from the Center for American Progress.Thousands of Kentucky teachers filled the streets near the state Capitol in Frankfort on a cold, overcast Monday to rally for education funding. Read Now

7. Districts Around the Country Installing Cloud-Based Video Surveillance Systems in Wake of School Shootings

Demand is growing for digital surveillance systems at public schools in the aftermath of highly publicized school shootings. Read Now

8. Parkland Students Protest Clear Backpacks With Tampons and $1.05 Price Tags

Black students in the nation’s public schools are disciplined more often and more severely than white students, a government watchdog found in a report issued this week. Read Now

9. Los Angeles District Considers ‘Need-Based’ Funding Formula, Inversely Correlating Dollars to Academic Performance

Responding to years of pressure by Los Angeles community and education advocates, LA Unified next month may commit to funding schools based on a new ranking that gives priority to those with the highest-need students. Read Now

10. As NAEP Turns to Electronic Tests, State Officials Say Scores May Be Lower Due to Students’ Basic Computer Skills

The upcoming NAEP test results, out next week, won’t include evidence from some states indicating that students performed worse than their peers — not as a result of an academic deficiency — but because they had less experience using a computer. Read Now

11. Opt-Out Debate: Minnesota Counts Kids as ‘Not Proficient’ When They Skip State Math and Reading Tests

The National Education Association is a big business, with market advantages that are the envy of other big businesses. Read Now

12. ‘It’s Enough Now’: Newark Mayor Calls for Moratorium on New Charter Schools

As charter schools have proliferated in Newark — they now enroll about one in three students— the big, unspoken question has always been: How many charters is enough? Read Now

13. Success Academy Charter School Sees Record Number of Kids Apply

The organizers said they will give the governor and state lawmakers through the end of this legislative session to act on their demands. Read Now

14. Chicago Students, Families ‘Disgusted’ at Report of Filthy Schools

Detailed reports from the inspections show filthy food service equipment, smelly bathrooms that lacked hot water and soap, dirty and broken floor tiles and evidence of pests. Read Now

15. Hundreds of Parents Pack CA School Board Meeting to Stop Plan for Sex Ed to 4th Graders

Until further review, a sex education curriculum criticized by many as too graphic for children in grades 4-6 won’t be taught later this month as initially planned. Read Now

16. New Hampshire School Official Questions Tackle Football’s Future

Several months after the Nashua school district paid a $1.3M settlement to a former high school football player paralyzed during practice, a school board member says the district should discuss transitioning from tackle football to flag football. Read Now

17. Six Deaths in Three Years: Drugs Taking Toll at Raleigh High School

Ten people gathered in front of Leesville Road High School on a recent Saturday morning to pray for students who are under pressure – to earn good grades, make friends, handle bullies. And they prayed for those whose lives are touched by drugs. Read Now

18. Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan Defends Education Reform in Washington Post Commentary

“Lately, a lot of people in Washington are saying that education reform hasn’t worked very well. Don’t believe it.” Read Now

19. Oklahoma Senate to Consider Tax Hike for Education Funding to End Teacher Strike

The Oklahoma state Senate on Friday will consider a series of tax increases to help fund the state’s education system and put an end to a teachers’ strike that has lasted a week. Read Now

20. Florida Judge Rejects Lawsuit by School Districts that Would Have Overturned Charter School Funding Law

Fourteen Florida school districts that had challenged a sweeping education law passed by the Legislature last year lost their case Wednesday in a Tallahassee court, though they could appeal the circuit judge’s ruling. Read Now

 

 

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