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19 Must-Read Education Stories — And 1 Must-See Video

Midterm Results That May Shape Education Policy, How the #RedForEd Movement Failed, a New Lawsuit over Teachers Union Fees and More

1. WATCH: The Fight for the Best Charter Public Schools in the Nation

Author Cara Stillings Candal of the Pioneer Institute talks with Choice Media’s Bob Bowdon about her new book, “The Fight for the Best Charter Public Schools in the Nation.”
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2. House Dems Expected to Ramp Up Oversight of DeVos — And the Midterm Results That Could Shape Ed Policy

Democrats seized control of the House in the midterm elections. That means the hot seat is about to get even hotter for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
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3. How the #RedForEd Movement Failed to Shake up the States in the Midterms

The nation’s largest teachers union declared a “major victory” in the wee hours of Wednesday morning after the midterm elections, but the reality is far more mixed and, in some cases, deeply disappointing for educators.
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4. Ed Reformer Marshall Tuck Appears to Have Won California Ed Chief Race with Nearly All Votes Counted

As of Thursday morning, election results show former school executive Marshall Tuck’s lead over Richmond Assemblyman Tony Thurmond virtually unchanged from the day before.
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5. Wisconsin Ed Chief Tony Evers Narrowly Beats Scott Walker in Governor’s Race

Gov. Scott Walker narrowly lost his bid for a third term Tuesday to Tony Evers, the leader of the education establishment.
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6. Arizona Voters Reject Expansion of Education Savings Accounts to All Students

The vote overturns the ESA expansion that would have allowed all 1.1 million Arizona public school students to use public money to go to private school.
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7. At IRS Hearing, Advocates Chide Proposed Rule Limiting Tax Credits for Donations to School Choice Programs

At Monday’s hearing, school-choice advocates and religious organizations argued the IRS should limit the scope of its proposed rules.
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8. DC Charters Argue in Federal Court That the City’s School Funding System Breaks the Law

A four-year-old lawsuit challenging the District’s treatment of charter schools continued in court Monday.
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9. Houston District Enrollment Down 4,300 Students as Families Leave for Charter Schools

The enrollment drop, HISD’s largest since 2006, likely will necessitate another round of budget cuts and job reductions after back-to-back years of trimming.
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10. New Jersey Teachers File Class-Action Lawsuit, Allege State Is Violating the SCOTUS Ruling on Compulsory Union Fees

Two New Jersey teachers, backed by a national group, are suing their local and state unions to stop the labor groups from collecting fees without teachers’ consent.
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11. Teachers Protest as AL Supreme Court Hears Union Lawsuit Alleging Illegal Meeting Led to Health Insurance Rate Hike

A sea of red filled the Alabama Judicial Building on Wednesday as educators and Alabama Education Association members protested an insurance premium increase.
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12. Teachers at Second Charter Network Represented by Chicago Teachers Union Authorize a Strike

Teachers with the Chicago International Charter School network voted Friday to authorize a strike that would affect about 2,200 students at four campuses.
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13. High School Graduates Increasingly Opting for Trade School over Traditional College

Apprenticeships are becoming the labor of choice, and graduates getting paid to learn is a viable offer.
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14. CBS Sunday Morning: Video Games Are Helping Teach Civics

The most popular games include “Win the White House,” in which players campaign for the Oval Office; and “Do I Have a Right?,” in which lawyers fight to protect their clients’ rights under the Constitution.
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15. Review of 127 Studies Finds Reducing Class Sizes Is ‘Costly’ and May Be ‘Counterproductive’

Experts have long known that the research evidence doesn’t consistently support the notion that smaller classes increase how much students learn.
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16. Audit: Utah Schools Fail to Report Sexual Misconduct, Making It Easier for Teachers Move to Other Schools

Shortcomings in the way Utah educators are disciplined could — and, in one documented case, did — allow them to reoffend, according to a report released Tuesday.
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17. WA State Auditor: Many Principals Breaking the Law by Not Sharing Student Crimes with Teachers

When a student commits a crime in Washington state, the event is supposed to trigger a series of notifications.
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18. L.A. Superintendent Developing Proposal to Shrink Central Bureaucracy and Create 32 ‘Networks’

Los Angeles schools chief Austin Beutner is working on a plan to radically reshape the nation’s second-largest school district.
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19. Study Reveals Similar Outcomes between Online, Face-to-Face Credit Recovery Programs in Chicago

As the use of online credit recovery options expands, researchers are increasingly investigating the advantages and disadvantages of such programs.
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20. Report: Even at CT’s Highest-Performing Districts, High School Grads Need Remedial Courses in College

In 2012, the legislature revamped the state’s system of community college-level remediation in an attempt to reduce the time students were spending on non-credit-bearing remedial work.
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