A Teacher Pension Crisis and a Censored Yearbook Photo: 12 of This Week’s Must-Read Education Stories

In the Last Century, Only One President Has Sent His Kids to DC Public Schools

Abby Jackson | Business Insider

The decision surely relates to the state of public schooling in Washington, DC. Read More

Judicial Watch Sues DOE for Info on Failed $7B School Improvement Grants Program

Cortney O’Brien | TownHall

When President Obama expanded the School Improvement Grants Program, it did not exactly go as planned. Read More

Bellwether Report Shows How Debt-Ridden Pension Plans Fail Teachers

Bellwether Education Partners

Bellwether’s report focuses on how well state pensions plans serve the unique needs of their teachers. Read More

CREDO Study Looks at How Charter School Networks Measure Up

Matt Barnum | Chalkbeat

In the new analysis, the research group set out to answer key questions that are hotly debated in the charter school world. Read More

In the Same Year K-12 Per-Pupil Spending Rose, NAEP Scores Dropped

Emmeline Zhao | The 74

Schools in the U.S. spent $344.3 billion on classroom instruction in fiscal year 2015, accounting for 60 percent of day-to-day expenditures, a figure that includes spending on salaries for teachers and instructional aides, according to the Census Bureau. Read More

The Tradition of Crowning a High School Valedictorian Is Fading Away

Carolyn Thompson | Associated Press

It’s high school graduation season, but in an increasing number of schools, there’s one less tradition -assigning class rank to graduating seniors. Read More

Florida Governor Signs Massive Education Bill into Law

Jeffrey S. Solochek | Tampa Bay Times

The bill “paves the way for every Florida student to receive a world-class education that every student deserves,” Scott said before signing the measure at 4:08 p.m. Read More

New Mexico Lawsuit Tempts Judges to Assume Policy-Making Role in Education

Kim Burgess | Albuquerque Journal

The lawsuit argues that a lack of adequate funding is particularly harmful to minority and low-income children. Read More

Kansas Education Funding Goes Back to Court after Governor Signs Bill

Dion Lefler | The Wichita Eagle

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a school finance bill that had comfortably passed the Legislature, meeting a deadline the Supreme Court set to provide more money for schools by the end of this month. Read More

El Paso Superintendent Admits to Orchestrating Scheme to Boost Test Scores

Aaron Martinez | El Paso Times

Former El Paso Associate Superintendent Damon Murphy on Tuesday admitted to orchestrating a scheme to fraudulently boost test scores by denying students an education. Read More

New Jersey Teen’s Trump T-Shirt Censored in Yearbook

Mike Davis | Asbury Park Press

Grant Berardo couldn’t vote for Donald Trump last year, but the Wall Township High School junior certainly could wear a T-shirt with his name on it. Read More

Ohio’s Largest Online Charter Files Lawsuit against State Board over Invalid Vote

Patrick O’Donnell | The Plain Dealer

Lawyers for the online charter school the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow say the board broke state law. Read More

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