21 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Charter School Support Jumps 10 Points, Teachers Unions Decline to Compromise, Tech Companies Make Education Announcements, and More

1. President Trump Signs Spending Bill That Includes Billions More for Education

President Donald Trump signed into law spending legislation that provides a significant funding increase for the U.S. Department of Education. Read Now

2. Workers Accuse DeVos of Union-Busting after She Stands Up to Education Department Employees’ Union

Rank-and-file Education Department employees have gone to battle with Secretary Betsy DeVos. Read Now

3. Study Shows Public Support for Charter Schools Has Jumped 10 Points in Last Year

75 percent of Republicans, and 45 percent of Democrats, support the formation of charter schools. Read Now

4. Linda Brown, Center of Brown v. Board Case, Dies at 76

Friends of Linda Brown recalled a quiet girl thrust into prominence who persevered to become a focal point of the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision ending school segregation. Read Now

5. Thousands Attend ‘March for Our Lives’ Anti-Gun Rallies

Organizers of the anti-gun rallies want Congress to ban the sale of assault weapons. On the other side of the debate, gun rights advocates cite constitutional guarantees of the right to bear arms. Read Now

6. Armed Security Officers Becoming More Prevalent in Schools, According to Federal Study

The study was released a day after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos kicked off a federal school safety panel. Read Now

7. GAO: Office Responsible for STEM Education Isn’t Properly Measuring How Well Programs Actually Work

The interagency Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM), created by law in 2010, “has not fully met its responsibilities to assess the federal STEM education portfolio,” the report said. Read Now

8. Apple Adds Pencil Support to Cheapest iPads, Debuts New Education Software

In an effort to better compete in the market for classroom computers, Apple has refreshed its lowest cost iPad. Read Now

9. Google Announces Its First Education Tablet Designed with Chrome OS Day before Apple Event

Being a Chrome OS device, these will integrate easily into the IT systems of schools with a Chrome education license. Read Now

10. After Kansas City District Schools Drove White Flight, Charters Are Reversing It

Across the district, middle-class families are finding ways to stay in neighborhoods without having to send their kids to private school. Read Now

11. Boston Finds Success in Replicating High Quality Charter Schools

A new study finds that Boston charters maintained their high performance as they rapidly grew. Read Now

12. River of Red Ink: Four NEA State Headquarters Are Insolvent

The National Education Association is a big business, with market advantages that are the envy of other big businesses. Read Now

13. Oklahoma Lawmakers Pass Teacher Raises, But Strike Still Set for Monday

Oklahoma legislators approved a measure including a $6,100 pay raise for teachers on Wednesday, but the state teacher’s union says the bill doesn’t go far enough and plans to walk out Monday. Read Now

14. Arizona Teachers Demand 20% Raises, Threaten Strike if Legislators Don’t Take Action

The organizers said they will give the governor and state lawmakers through the end of this legislative session to act on their demands. Read Now

15. Court Rules Lawsuit Challenging New York Teacher Tenure Can Proceed to Trial

Backers of teacher tenure lost another battle to defend the job-protection practice when a Brooklyn court refused to toss a lawsuit challenging it. Read Now

16. Inspections ‘Blitz’ Finds Rat Droppings, Bugs, Filth in Chicago Schools

Chicago Public Schools provided blitz reports from 125 facilities that show only 34 of those schools passed inspection by inspectors. Read Now

17. District to Require Sexual Harassment Training for Students after Teacher Complaints

A school district is taking action after getting complaints from teachers about being sexually harassed, not by their co-workers, but by their students. Read Now

18. Charter Teacher Who Angered Parents with Transgender Lesson for 5-Year-Olds Wins Top Award

The California Charter Schools Association named her teacher of the year. Read Now

19. Swedish Preschools Using Gender-Neutral Pronoun ‘Hen’ for both Boys and Girls

State curriculum urges teachers and principals to embrace their role as social engineers. Read Now

20. Districts Say This Online Education Program Is Preventing High School Dropouts

Educators say it’s a “game changer.” Read Now

21. How This Private School Offers a Personalized One-on-One Education for Students

Fusion Academy began more than 25 years ago in San Diego, California. Read Now

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