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17 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Supreme Court Hears Case Impacting the Future of Unions, West Virginia Teachers Force All Schools to Close, and More

1. WATCH: Randi Weingarten: Unions ‘Actually Make Communities Safer and Right-Wing Is Threatened by That’

American Federation for Teachers President Randi Weingarten spoke with media outside the U.S. Supreme Court on February 26, 2018, reacting to oral arguments in the Janus v. AFSCME case. Watch Now

2. Gorsuch Mum As Supreme Court Hears Janus v. AFSCME Case over Forced Union Dues

The Supreme Court grappled Monday with a reprise of a case that could significantly weaken public employee unions. Read Now

3. The Challenge Unions Are Likely to Face in the Supreme Court after Janus

The Supreme Court’s Janus case isn’t the only challenge to public sector labor law that the justices may take up this year. Read Now

4. Teachers Unions Plan to Use Trump and DeVos against Pro-School Choice Democrats

For years, teachers unions and major Democratic politicians and donors have battled bitterly over what education reform should look like. Read Now

5. US Dept of Ed Officially Proposes Delay of Obama-Era Policy Affecting Minority Students in Special Ed

The agency cited comments suggesting that they may not have the statutory authority to create a national standard. Read Now

6. Little-Noticed ESSA Provision Requires States to Report Per-Pupil Spending at the School Level

That change, advocates and researchers predict, is likely to expose disparities in the way some districts divide resources among their schools. Read Now

7. Classes Resume at Florida School Two Weeks after Shooting

They felt safe, no doubt, but the students who returned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday could not ignore the reminders of the tragedy two weeks ago. Read Now

8. Investigation: Lenient School Discipline Policy Aimed at Reducing Suspensions Enabled Florida Shooter

In 2013 the Broward County school system scrapped and rewrote its discipline policy to make it much more difficult for administrators to suspend or expel problem students. Read Now

9. Study Reveals Schools Safer Now Than in the 90s, School Shootings Not More Common

Since 1996, there have been 16 multiple victim shootings in schools, or incidents involving 4 or more victims and at least 2 deaths by firearms, excluding the assailant. Read Now

10. Despite 5% Pay Raise Offer, WV Schools Remain Closed for 277,000 Students As Teachers Continue Strike

Without an agreement, all West Virginia public schools remained closed Thursday as the strike over pay and benefits continued. Read Now

11. Data Show 58% of DC High School Seniors Not on Track to Graduate

The calculation does not include students who are considered seniors, but are in their fifth or sixth year of high school. Read Now

12. Audit Finds Enrollment Fraud at DC School by Families Claiming to Live in District

Officials said the audit has identified many families whose claims of residency are highly suspicious. Read Now

13. Los Angeles Board Debates What to Do with ‘Must-Place’ Teachers No One Wants

What should we do with teachers that no one wants but who are guaranteed a job by state law and union contracts? Read Now

14. Philly Mayor Proposes Solution to Billion Dollar School Deficit: Property Tax Hike

Mayor Kenney stood in front of City Council last year and pledged to seize control of Philadelphia’s schools — and cover most of their nearly $1 billion shortfall. Read Now

15. New York City Panel Votes to Shut Down 10 Failing Schools

The closures planned by the New York City Department of Education make up the biggest batch under Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has called shutting schools a last resort. Read Now

16. Chicago Board Votes to Close Four High Schools Amid Dwindling Enrollment

After protests and emotional testimony from opponents including the Chicago Teachers Union, the Chicago Board of Education voted to close four South Side high schools. Read Now

17. Entrepreneur Promotes Innovative Ways to Deal with the Problem of Student Relocation

Doyle Valdez had seen first-hand that when a child moves in the middle of the school year, the child and the school suffer. He couldn’t give up on finding a systemic fix. Read Now

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