15 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

The Debate over School Safety, Districts Skirting Enrollment Policies, Teachers Walking Out, and More

1. Trump Says He Would Consider Allowing Trained Teachers to Carry Concealed Guns

Trump said he suggested at a White House meeting giving concealed guns to “teachers with military or special training experience,” adding that a gun free school is a “magnet for bad people.”Read Now

2. Students at High Schools Across the Country Walk Out of Class to Protest Gun Violence

The protests spread from school to school as students shared plans for their demonstrations over social media. Read Now

3. Psychologists Warn of Dangers of Media Coverage of School Shootings

The National Association of School Psychologists released guidance on how the media should cover the shootings, warning of the “dangers of intrusive or excessive coverage.” Read Now

4. Opinion: One Teacher’s Brilliant Strategy to Stop Future School Shootings—And It’s Not About Guns

Every Friday afternoon, she asks her students to take out a piece of paper and write down the names of four children with whom they’d like to sit the following week. Read Now

5. Non-Selective Chicago Schools Used Cherry-Picking to Admit Thousands of Students, Watchdog Says

Opaque rules, district loopholes and preferential treatment from Chicago Public Schools principals have allowed thousands of elementary students to be improperly admitted. Read Now

6. DC Schools Chancellor Forced to Resign after Skirting Competitive School Lottery System

He was the second casualty of a crisis that emerged Friday with little warning. Read Now

7. All of West Virginia’s Public Schools Are Forced to Close Due to Teacher Walk-Out

Public schools across West Virginia are closed Thursday as teachers and other school employees hit the picket lines. Read Now

8. California Teacher Ready to Take Center Stage in Lawsuit Targeting Union Opt-Out Rules

Ryan Yohn and seven other teachers in the state are pressing two arguments in their lawsuit. Read Now

9. Illinois Democrats Move Bill That Could Kill Popular School Choice Program

Any shortage deemed below minimum funding levels by Aug. 1 means the state cannot release the millions of dollars donated to the state’s private scholarship fund. Read Now

10. WA House Democrats Propose Ignoring State Supreme Court’s Dictates on School Funding Levels

In their new budget proposal, they leave out the $1 billion suggested by the state Supreme Court to comply with the McCleary school-funding decision. Read Now

11. Over 24,000 Michigan Students Didn’t Graduate on Time Last Year

Michigan’s high school graduation rate surpassed 80 percent last school year for the first time in 11 years, state education officials said on Wednesday. Read Now

12. Memphis District Attempts to Ward Off State Takeover of Failing Schools

Shelby County Schools is pushing back on the state’s recommendations for the future of two long-struggling schools. Read Now

13. Poll: 45% of Teens Say They Feel Stressed ‘All the Time’

In a recent poll that asked tens of thousands of high school students how often they feel stressed, nearly 45% said “all the time,” citing relationships and teachers as the primary reasons why. Read Now

14. Charter Schools Less Likely to Be Unionized Than They Were 6 Years Ago, Report Shows

The report also found that more than 60 percent of unionized charters are located in just four states. Read Now

15. New ‘Education Exchange’ Will Pay Teachers for Reviews of Ed Tech Products

Teachers will be invited to offer in-depth written accounts of their time spent trying to implement digital tools and platforms in their classrooms. Read Now

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