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22 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Private Emails Reveal Political Motives after School Shootings, NEA Forecasts Loss of 307,000 Members, Democrats Want to Scrap Tax Cuts to Boost Teacher Pay, and More

1. Private Emails: Chicago Mayor Told Former Ed Secretary to ‘Tap Peoples Emotion’ after Sandy Hook School Shooting

Even before victims were laid to rest after the fatal school shootings, former U.S Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel exchanged messages on how to frame the tragedy, politically.
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2. NEA Teachers Union Forecasts a Two-Year Loss of 307,000 Members if SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Janus

The nation’s largest teachers union plans to reduce its budget by $50 million in anticipation of an unfavorable verdict in Janus v. AFSCME.
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3. Democrats Announce Plan to Boost Teacher Pay by Scrapping New Tax Cuts

On Capitol Hill on Tuesday, party leaders joined teachers’ union officials to promote a slate of policies aimed at addressing the growing number of teacher walkouts.
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4. Santa Fe School Shooting Survivors: ‘It’s Not a Gun Issue. It’s a Heart Issue’

So many here have made it a mission to rally around lawmakers’ calls to better defend themselves.
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5. Obama’s Ed Secretary Arne Duncan: Parents Should Boycott Schools Until Gun Control Laws Are Passed

Duncan said in an interview Saturday that the idea was intended to be provocative but that an aggressive approach like a school boycott is needed if gun laws are ever going to change.
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6. Betsy DeVos Faces Questions on School Shootings, LGBT Students and Immigration at House Committee Hearing

DeVos took questions on a wide variety of topics including her response to teacher walkouts across the nation, the agency’s Office for Civil Rights and her commitment to the rights of LGBTQ students.
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7. Human Rights Campaign Projects ‘Betsy DeVos, How Do You Sleep at Night?’ on Department of Ed Building

The projection, which included a survey finding that 95 percent of LGBTQ teens report trouble getting to sleep at night, asked U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, “how do you sleep at night?”
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8. Latest Census Bureau Report Shows School Spending Per Pupil Increased 3.2%

The increase in spending in 2016 was due in part to the increase in revenue across all 50 states and the District of Columbia..
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9. US Education Department Launches ‘Top-to-Bottom’ Review of Teachers’ Grant Program

Officials say that the review is aimed at fixing the issues and that the department is “absolutely committed to improving” the program.
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10. Legislation to Give Education Savings Accounts to Military Families Stalls in US House

The House Rules Committee did not include the proposal among amendments that could be offered to the fiscal 2019 defense bill, which is being debated this week by the entire chamber.
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11. Video Offering Negative Portrayal of America as Racist and Genocidal Promoted in Classroom Lesson Plans

The song and accompanying video, headlined by Glover’s alter ego Childish Gambino, has blown up in the past two weeks.
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12. Lawsuit Alleges NJ Public School Enrollment Residency Requirement Is Unconstitutional

The New Jersey law that requires most children to attend public school within their communities has led to some of the worst school segregation in the nation, according to the lawsuit.
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13. 22 Illinois Districts Sue State Alleging Current Funding System Violates the Rights of Students

More school districts from downstate Illinois have joined a lawsuit against Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state, saying the current education funding system violates the rights of students and districts.
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14. Kentucky House Republican Leader Loses Primary to Teacher

In an election that may be an early sign of the energized voting power of Kentucky teachers, House Republican Leader Jonathan Shell lost his re-election bid in a primary to a teacher.
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15. Houston School Officials Accused of Changing Student Grades and Falsifying Attendance Records

Campus administrators broke state law by changing student grades and engaged in other forms of records manipulation at Houston ISD’s Furr High School.
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16. Massachusetts Accused of Holding Back Money Meant for Special Education Students in Private Schools

The Pioneer Institute, along with a coalition of Bay State Catholic and Jewish groups, has filed a federal appeal accusing the state education department of holding back millions in federal funding.
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17. Pennsylvania Senate Committee Okays Education Savings Accounts Bill

Families whose children attend a struggling public school could soon get a boost from the state in the form of funds to help send those children to a private school.
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18. New Hampshire Parent Wins Rare School Choice Case

The case highlights the high burden of proof parents must meet in order to win manifest educational hardship cases.
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19. Study: Attending Georgia Start-Up Charter High School Increases Likelihood of Graduation

The study, which followed more than 11,000 students from 2007 through 2016, was commissioned by the State Charter Schools Commission.
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20. Charter School in Indiana Opens on 600-Acre Farm

In Indiana, a new 600-acre Agriculture & Technology School (IATS) has been opened that will combine online learning with labs and project-based activities in a farm setting.
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21. Google to Make Its Education Tools Available to Homeschoolers

Its slate of services and products — known as G Suite, specifically G Suite Education — will be fully available to homeschoolers and their leaders for the first time ever.
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22. ‘Dating App for Teachers’: Recruiting Platform Uses Matching Tech to Connect Candidates with Schools

Like dating apps, Selected takes advantage of profile-matching technology in order to help teachers find good jobs they’ll want to keep.
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