18 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Nation's Report Card Shows a Decade of Stalled Progress, Teachers Disrupt Student Learning to Flex Their Political Muscle, and More

1. Nation’s Report Card (NAEP) Results Show Stagnant Scores, 8th Grade Students Proficient in Reading: 36%, Math: 33%; School Choice-Heavy Florida Makes Strong Gains

The average performance of the nation’s fourth- and eighth-graders mostly held steady in math and reading from 2015 to 2017, now marking a decade of stalled educational progress. Read Now

2. Straight from the Horse’s Mouth: Nation’s Report Card Results

See the key findings for the nation, states, and participating urban districts. Score changes are compared to the previous assessment years. Read Now

3. Activist Organizes National Walkout to Protest ‘Graphic, Gender-Bending’ Sex Ed

The Sex Ed Sit Out started with parents in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has spread to nearly a dozen other cities in three countries. Read Now

4. Over 350 Student Groups Walk Out of Class to Protest Abortion

Across the United States, pro-life high school and college students from more than 250 schools and more than 350 student groups walked out of class to protest abortion. Read Now

5. Oklahoma Teachers Union Calls Off Strike, Turns Attention to November Elections

Oklahoma’s largest teachers union has called for an end to a statewide walkout, 11 days after it began. Read Now

6. Arizona Governor Offers Teachers 20% Pay Raise, #RedForEd Walkout Still On

Organizers with Arizona Educators United, the grassroots group fueling Arizona’s teacher-led #RedForEd movement, expressed distrust in Ducey’s proposal. Read Now

7. Kentucky Schools Forced to Close As Teachers Flex Political Muscle at State Capitol

Lawmakers returning to Frankfort for the final days of the legislative session were greeted once more by angry teachers, many of whom planned to flex their political muscle at a “day of action.” Read Now

8. First Ever Teachers Union for an Online Charter School Formed in California

The teachers work for the California Virtual Academies, or CAVA—a virtual charter school run by the for-profit, K12 Inc. Read Now

9. How Schools Often ‘Pass the Trash’ — And Expose Kids to Danger

The cycle — abuse, dismissal, rehire and abuse again — is one that experts and researchers say is far too common across the nation. Read Now

10. How Good Are America’s Teacher Prep Programs? Read over 2,500 Rankings

Our nation’s schools employ 3 million teachers and rely on 27,000 programs in 2,000 separate institutions for training those teachers. Read Now

11. 2,000 Veterans, Relatives Sign Letter Supporting Education Savings Accounts for Military Families

The signers “are writing to express our strong support for the Education Savings Account for Military Families Act of 2018,” they say. Read Now

12. MT Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Case Regarding Constitutionality of Tax Credits for Religious Schools

The disputed program gives up to $150 in tax credits for donations made to scholarship programs for private schools. Read Now

13. Homeschooling Advocates Fear Loss of Freedom As CA Lawmakers Consider Regulations

Right now, two bills in the California State Assembly would reform home-schooling. Read Now

14. $80 Million Error Found in Education Funding Plan Passed by Kansas Lawmakers

The plan is supposed to provide school districts with $150 million in new funding next year. Because of the error, the actual size of the increase is about $72 million. Read Now

15. Board Member Overseeing $800M Budget Claims She’s Mentally Disabled and Owed $82K a Year in Disability

During her tenure as board chairwoman, Cynthia Vaillancourt has been trying to convince a court that she suffers from a cognitive disability. Read Now

16. Board Members Blast 30% Pay Raises over Two Years for MD School District Officials

Prince George’s County Public Schools board members are objecting to large pay raises several members of the executive cabinet received. Read Now

17. Teacher Misconduct Issues in South Carolina Jump 30% in One Year

The state Board of Education addressed 138 teacher disciplinary issues last year, an increase of more than 30 percent from 2016. Read Now

18. Emotional Facebook Plea from 10-Year Old about Vicious Public School Bullying Goes Viral

In an emotional video, a 10-year-old girl is making a public plea asking people to stop bullying one another. Read Now

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