22 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Students Organize a Pro-Life Walkout, Congress Rejects DeVos’s School Choice Vision, Teachers Disrupt Student Learning, and More

1. California Students Organizing Pro-Life Walkout

This week, Rocklin High School students are using social media to organize a pro-life walkout using the hashtag #life. Read Now

2. Organization Sponsoring Nationwide ‘March for Our Lives’ Protest this Saturday Not Revealing Donors

March For Our Lives, a demonstration involving survivors of the Parkland school shooting that will take place Saturday in Washington, D.C., and across the country, registered a 501(c)(4) nonprofit advocacy organization. Read Now

3. Congress Rejects DeVos’s School Choice Vision, Plans to Increase Her Department’s Funding by $3.9B

DeVos had sought to cut Education Department funding by $3.6 billion — about 5 percent. Read Now

4. DeVos Faces Withering Criticism from Democrats at Hearing on Education Department Budget

The testimony in front of the House Appropriations subcommittee got so tense at certain moments that the chairman made a point of thanking DeVos for her poise. Read Now

5. CDC: Teen Suicide Rate Up over 70% between 2006 and 2016

The suicide rate for white children and teens between 10 and 17 was up 70% between 2006 and 2016. Although black children and teens kill themselves less often than white youth do, the rate of increase was higher — 77%. Read Now

6. Why Urban School Districts Are Less Prone to Mass Shootings

As schools around the U.S. look for ways to impose tougher security measures in the wake of last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead, they don’t have to look further than urban districts. Read Now

7. Gunman at Maryland High School Dies after Armed School Officer Intervenes, Authorities Say

The attack began shortly before classes were scheduled to start at Great Mills High, a 1,500-student school 65 miles south of Washington, D.C. Read Now

8. School Officials, Authorities Wanted Parkland Shooter to Be Involuntarily Committed, Never Acted

A commitment under the law would have made it more difficult if not impossible for the suspected shooter to obtain a gun legally. Read Now

9. Gallup: Teachers’ Preference for Gun Control May Reflect Their Partisanship More Than Their Profession

U.S. teachers are much more likely to see restrictions on gun ownership as the best way to prevent school shootings over any other approach, according to a new Gallup poll. Read Now

10. How Far Families Are Willing to Travel for Better School Options

School systems across the country are grappling with how best to ensure that students can take advantage of their educational options. Read Now

11. Arizona Voters to Get Final Say on Education Savings Accounts Expansion

Arizona voters will get the last word on expanding the program — unless lawmakers take it away. Read Now

12. Study: Nevada’s Opportunity Scholarship Program Saves Taxpayers Millions

The program produces a net-savings to taxpayers, while simultaneously increasing per-pupil funding for traditional public schools. Read Now

13. KY Districts Close Schools for Students So Teachers Can Rally Against Pension Reform

The latest rally comes at a crucial time as lawmakers prepare for final negotiations on a new state budget. Read Now

14. Student Learning Disrupted As Arizona Teachers Stage ‘Sick Out’

Schools closed Wednesday after a wave of teachers called in sick to stage a #RedForEd rally for higher wages and more school funding at the state Capitol. Read Now

15. Jersey City Teachers Go on One-Day Strike, Crippling 29,000-Student District

Teachers and more than 1,000 other school workers walked off the job Friday to protest high health care costs. Read Now

16. Oklahoma Teacher Walkout Looms As Tempers Flare between Lawmakers and the Union

The April 2 event is expected to force school closures across the state. Read Now

17. Florida Proposal Would Offer Charter-Like Flexibility from Regulations to High-Performing Districts

Proposal 93 once seemed a radical idea to give school districts more flexibility on state regulations, similar to charter schools. Now it’s picking up steam. Read Now

18. Nearly 13,000 Apply for SC District Choice Schools, Shattering Record

A child in Charleston County has a better chance of going to an Ivy League college than getting into Buist Academy. Read Now

19. University of Chicago Offers Free Tuition to Chicago District Teachers’ Kids

To the children of Chicago Public Schools teachers: The embarrassment that can come with being the teacher’s kid may well be worth it. Read Now

20. Houston District Plans to Surrender Significant Control of 10 Chronically Failing Schools

Under a partnership, the district would surrender significant control over each campus to an outside organization. Read Now

21. Number of NYC Students Charged with Sex Crimes in Fourth Quarter of Last Year Jumped by 73%

The 26 sex-charge arrests were the highest of any quarter since the NYPD began keeping track two years ago. Read Now

22. Study Says Automation Will Change Jobs, Not Eliminate Them, but Education Must Change

As technological changes continue to restructure society and citizens begin to grasp that automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning will accelerate the pace, and educators are wrestling with how these innovations will ripple through the classroom. Read Now


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