17 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Special Education on the Rise, Sex Abuse Scandal in Chicago Schools, Ride-Sharing for Kids, and More

1. Federal Report Shows Enrollment in Special Education Is on the Rise

The number of students receiving special education in the nation’s public schools is on the rise, according to a new federal report. There were 6.7 million kids with disabilities in classrooms across the country during the 2015-2016 school year, accounting for 13.2 percent of all students.
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2. Betsy DeVos: School Safety Commission Won’t Look at Guns

DeVos was asked by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) whether the commission, formed after the Parkland, Fla. high school shooting earlier this year, would examine guns.
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3. Frustrated by Traditional Transportation to Schools, Parents Turn to Ride-Sharing

Some families in California and Colorado may utilize private companies to get their kids to school via cars, SUVs, vans and private buses.
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4. Study: NC Students in Private School Choice Program Outperformed Pubic School Peers on Tests

The study came out with positive results for the voucher recipients who participated in the study, but researchers say a far more rigorous evaluation of the program and its outcomes for students is needed.
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5. Group Estimates 8,000 More Public School Students Will Utilize FL School Choice Programs by 2023

The group predicts collectively the programs will add more than 3,000 public school students in the coming year.
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6. Teacher Prep Programs at Universities in 22 States Bring in Outside Group to Train Teachers

New peer-reviewed research on the program, known as UTeach, shows that its teachers performed substantially better in the classroom than other teachers in Texas, as measured by student test scores.
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7. Principals Charged with Fixing Failing Schools Say Unhappy Teachers Derail Efforts and Careers

Asked to revive troubled schools, administrators have faced a flood of investigations that derail their efforts and, often, their careers.
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8. California Teachers Union Projects 23,000 Member Loss if SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Janus

The California Teachers Association has voted to slash its 2018-19 budget by more than $20 million.
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9. Flipping the Script on the Low-Paid Teacher Narrative: New Website Identifies 30,000 Six-Figure Educators in Illinois Alone

The website mapped the club of 30,000 Illinois educators with either salaries or pension payouts greater than $100,000 costing taxpayers $3.7 billion annually.
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10. Mississippi Hoping to Fill Math Teaching Positions by Lowering Passing Score for Certification

The state of Mississippi is hoping to fill openings for math teachers by lowering the cut score for its certification exam.
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11. Chicago Tribune Bombshell: Widespread Sexual Abuse in Public Schools, Hundreds of Victims over Last Decade

Drawing on police data, public and confidential records, and interviews with teens and young adults who spoke out, a Tribune investigation broke through the silence and secrecy surrounding these cases.
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12. Asian-American Activist Blast NYC Mayor’s Plan to Eliminate Admissions Tests for Top Schools

Dozens of Asian-American activists on Monday blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to eliminate the admission test to the city’s top high schools in a bid to increase diversity among students there.
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13. Detroit Schools Chief: ‘Racist’ Policies Led to Crisis in Schools

The leader of Michigan’s largest school district says a key reason why Detroit schools are in crisis is this: racism.
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14. DC Passes Emergency Law to Allow Chronically Absent Students to Graduate

High school seniors who missed more than six weeks of class would still receive their diplomas, even as the city remains mired in a graduation scandal.
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15. 37% of Baltimore Students Are Chronically Absent — At Two Dozen Schools It’s Over 75%

Nearly one in five Maryland students — 18.3 percent — was chronically absent last year, the data show.
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16. L.A. Board President Wants to Increase College-Eligible Rate from 56% to 100% by 2023

The proposal does not suggest how much reaching the goals would cost or include annual benchmarks or how officials would respond if goals aren’t reached.
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17. 220 Michigan Schools Had Fewer Than 5% of Class of 2018 Deemed College Ready

Michigan has 220 public-school programs where fewer than 5 percent of the Class of 2018 tested as fully college-ready as juniors, according to state data.
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