Teachers Unions Face Tough Questions and a Spelling Bee Champ Is Crowned

15 of This Week's Must-Read Education Stories

Teachers Unions Prepare for Thousands of Lost Members as New Case Moves Toward the Supreme Court

Mike Antonucci | The 74
Teachers unions must face the probability of operating and financing in an entirely new way. Read More

Study Shows Charter Schools in Metro Areas Boost Home Values

Peter Bluestone, David Sjoquist, Nick Warner | Georgia State University

The study, commissioned by the State Charter Schools Commission, examines home sales from 2004– 2013, covering 15 school districts and 52 start-up charter schools in Georgia. Read More

Ananya Vinay Wins Scripps National Spelling Bee with ‘Marocain’


Ananya Vinay never looked all that impressed by any of the words she was given in the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Read More

Google Breaks It Down: What Americans Don’t Know How to Spell, State by State

America’s most misspelled words – it’s #spellingbee week and we mapped top “how to spell” searches by state. Read More

The National Spelling Bee’s New Normal: $200-an-Hour Teen Spelling Coaches

Ian Shapira | The Washington Post

Hiring coaches isn’t new. But bee aficionados say a recent surge in competition, and a tightening of rules meant to limit co-champions, has spawned a demand for younger coaches months or just a few years into their bee retirement. Read More

Schools Compete in a National Academic Decathlon, and a Charter Keeps Winning

Kevin Mahnken | LA School Report

With its victory at the 2017 championship in Madison, Wisconsin, in April, the program claimed an unprecedented sixth title in seven years. Read More

Charter Student Accepted to 149 Colleges, Offered over $7M in Scholarships

Cydney Adams | CBS News

Shariah, a straight-A student, never expected this outcome. She simply wanted to maximize her options for higher education and relieve the financial burden on her family. Read More

Behind the DC School Lottery Scandal: A ‘Crisis in Confidence’

Alejandra Matos | The Washington Post

Why did former DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson feel she needed to boost confidence in the system by giving high-ranking officials special treatment to help their children get into sought-after schools? Read More

Elizabeth Warren Introduces ‘DeVos Watch’ to Hold Ed Department ‘Accountable’

Mandy Mayfield | Washington Examiner

Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced Wednesday she is starting a new oversight effort to keep tabs on anything Education Secretary Betsy DeVos does. Read More

Local CT Teachers Union: ‘Betsy DeVos Messed with the Wrong District’

Jesse Leavenworth | Hartford Courant

Speaking before a House subcommittee, DeVos told of a meeting with a young man who called East Hartford High “nothing more than adult day care … a dangerous day care.” Read More

MA Union Snubs National Teacher of the Year Who Happens to Work at a Charter School

Michael Jonas | CommonWealth Magazine

Delegates at the Massachusetts Teachers Association annual state convention voted down a motion to “publicly and formally congratulate and recognize Sydney Chaffee” on receiving the award. Read More

As Membership Dwindles, Chicago Union May Merge with Charter School Union

Lauren FitzPatrick | Chicago Sun-Times

A merger — potentially the first of its kind — would turn the growing ChiACTS union for charter school staffers into a division of the CTU, which is the country’s oldest teachers union. Read More

Teachers at DC Charter School Launch Campaign to Unionize

Alejandra Matos | The Washington Post

If recognized, the middle school would have the first teachers union at a DC charter school, after an effort to unionize at a different charter school failed earlier this year. Read More

Average Annual Compensation for a Teacher in NY District: $161,454

Steve Gunn | EAGNews

What do the parents and taxpayers of the district get for that sort of financial investment? Read More

6 Baltimore Schools, No Students Proficient in State Tests

Chris Papst | WBFF

A Project Baltimore investigation has found five Baltimore City high schools and one middle school do not have a single student proficient in the state tested subjects of math and English. Read More

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