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17 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Best High Schools Rankings, Gates and Zuckerberg Team Up, Teacher Strikes Explained, and More

1. Charter Schools Dominate the Top 10 of the U.S. News 2018 Best High Schools Rankings

Charter schools in Arizona topped the national best high schools rankings for the second year in a row.
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2. Donors Challenged to Meet Demand of 62,000 Tax Credit Scholarship Applications in Illinois

Thanks in part to the news coverage of its technology glitch, Empower Illinois fielded even more applications as word got out. To date, it has received 50,000 of the 62,000 applications filed.
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3. GA Governor Signs Off on Tax Credit Scholarship Expansion and More Equitable Charter Funding

In a move to expand educational opportunity to thousands of additional children and families in Georgia, Governor Nathan Deal signed two school choice bills into law.
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4. National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Launches National Charter Schools Week

Today, nearly 3.2 million students attend a little more than 7,000 charter schools, many led by former teachers who left the traditional system to start something different.
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5. Gates, Zuckerberg Announce Education Initiative That Dabbles into Child Brain Science

The effort is now seeking information and ideas from across sectors, from education and academia to business, technology and medicine.
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6. AEI’s Rick Hess Explains the 2018 Teacher Strikes in 60 Seconds

This spring, teacher strikes have spread across the United States. AEI’s Rick Hess explains the facts behind the strikes and clarifies some common misconceptions.
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7. 600,000 NC Students to Be Shut Out of Schools As Closings for Teacher Walkouts Grow

More than 40 percent of North Carolina’s public school students will not have classes on May 16, as two more districts canceled classes.
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8. Not Good Enough: CO Teachers Strike Despite District’s Offer to Boost Pay and Benefits

The teachers are asking for a 2 percent cost-of-living raise and an additional $30 per month for health insurance, but the school board said it can’t afford it.
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9. ‘Kill Ms. Turner’: SC Teachers Face Threats and Physical Harm in the Classroom

Student discipline is one of many reasons why teachers say they are leaving the profession, according to a survey of nearly 200 South Carolina teachers.
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10. Undercover Footage Reveals Alleged Child Molester Was Paid Off in MI Teachers Union Negotiations

The teacher, who was never charged with a crime and is not identified, ultimately received a $50,000 buyout from the school district after union negotiations.
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11. California Teachers’ Pension Fund to Pressure Gun Retailers to Drop Assault Weapons

California’s teachers’ retirement system will pressure retail companies it is invested in to stop selling firearms — and would consider divestment from firms that refuse to make changes.
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12. Lawsuits Seek $800,000 from City Employees for Fraudulently Sending Kids to DC Schools

The complaints come amid growing scrutiny of families who falsely claim they live in the District so that their children can attend the city’s public schools without paying the tuition required of nonresidents.
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13. Equality of Outcomes: NJ School Says Everyone Makes the Cheerleading Squad or No One Does

While some have praised the new policy as more inclusive, some cheerleaders and their parents say it’s unfair to those who made the squad.
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14. Parents Sue District for $12M after Freshman Football Player Is Injured in Hazing Attack

An Alabama school district finds itself in an ocean of hot water after the parents of a freshman football player who was allegedly hazed filed a $12 million lawsuit.
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15. Parents of Disabled Boy Sue Chicago Board of Ed after Son Was Raped by Older Student

The boy, who was 12 years old at the time of the attack, has autism, dystonia and certain severe physical, developmental and learning disabilities, according to the suit.
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16. Parents in Upscale NYC Neighborhood Sending Kids to Charter in Low-Income Area

Parents in Brooklyn Heights, a mostly white, upscale neighborhood, have enrolled their children in a more racially diverse charter school in lower-income Bedford-Stuyvesant — saying their local city middle school doesn’t measure up.
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17. Another Charlotte-Area Town Adds Support to Bill Allowing It to Create It’s Own Charter Schools

Current and former officials cited decades of conflict between the northern suburbs and the countywide district, saying they’ve often been left with overcrowded schools and distrust of school board leaders.
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