18 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

SCOTUS Will Hear Union Dues Case, Betsy DeVos Is Protested Again, $253M for Charters, and More

1. How Regulation of School Voucher Programs Induce Homogenization

The Cato Institute’s Corey DeAngelis & the Heritage Foundation’s Lindsey Burke talk with Choice Media’s Bob Bowdon about the downside of over-regulating school voucher programs. Read More

2. SCOTUS Agrees to Hear Case over Forced Union Fees from Government Workers

An Illinois state worker’s fight against forced union dues is heading to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that could change labor law across the country. Read More

3. Department of Education Awards $253 Million in Grants to Expand Charter Schools

The federal government is pumping $253 million into the expansion and creation of charter schools, with hopes of helping students in low-income communities. Read More

4. Protesters Chant ‘White Supremacy’ to Betsy DeVos at Harvard University

Some observers noted this protest as distinct from other recent college campus rejections of conservative speakers. Read More

5. School Librarian Refuses Melania Trump’s ‘Racist Propaganda’

The first lady, who is increasingly carving out a public profile for herself, chose ten Dr. Seuss titles to send to an elementary school. Read More

6. Study: The Largest Private School Choice Program in the Country Boosts College Enrollment

New research on the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program provides positive news for the Trump administration and other school choice proponents. Read More

7. SAT Scores Reveal Less Than Half of All Test Takers Are College-Ready

This first round of student scores after the much-discussed overhaul were released Tuesday. Read More

8. White House Pledges $200 Million a Year to Computer Science Education

The Trump administration announced Tuesday in Detroit that Facebook, Google, Microsoft and other companies are committing more than $300 million. Read More

9. 2017’s Best and Worst States for Teachers, According to Wallethub

WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 21 key indicators of teacher-friendliness. Read More

10. In Philadelphia, Only 19% of Grade School Students Pass Math Tests

Standardized test scores are up — a little — in Pennsylvania and its largest school district, Philadelphia, the state Department of Education said Wednesday. Read More

11. Fewer Than Half of Wisconsin Students in Grades 3-8 Proficient in Math and English

The overall results showed 44.2 percent of students scored in the top two categories in English, while 42.5 percent scored proficient or advanced in math. Read More

12. 40% of Kentucky Students Habitually Absent from School

Kentucky parents, your kids have a serious school attendance problem. Read More

13. L.A. on the Hook for 56% of CA’s $24B in Future Health Care Costs, Educates Only 9% of CA Students

California schools are on the hook for $24 billion in future health care costs for their retirees. Read More

14. Michigan Teachers Union Has Lost 24,000 Members Since 2005

The Michigan Education Association is bleeding membership among both teachers and staff. Read More

15. Ohio Union Advised Teachers to Delete Lesson Plans in Case of Strike to Hurt Efforts of ‘Scab’ Subs

The state teachers union has agreed to pay the Louisville City School District $75,000 and a suspended Louisville teacher has resigned to settle a nearly yearlong dispute. Read More

16. State, Local NV Teacher Unions File Dueling Lawsuits over Member Dues

A money-related beef has escalated into a legal battle between a local union and its parent organizations, further souring their already rocky relationship. Read More

17. MN Teaching Board Says It’s Not Obligated to Report Teacher Misconduct to Authorities

A review of public records and interviews with law enforcement found the Minnesota Board of Teaching failed to report at least 17 teachers accused of misconduct. Read More

18. Commentary: The Case for Boys-Only Charter Schools

I have seen firsthand the negative consequences that occur when effective educational resources do not exist for students; especially the boys. Read More

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