Countdown: 20 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Union Opposes Teachers' Right to Unionize, Democrats Take Issue with Free-Market Approach to Education, Denver District and Teachers Union Reach Agreement to End First Strike in 25 Years and More

20. Elementary School Teachers Say Classrooms Lose Almost Three Weeks a Year Due to Disruptive Students

Disruptive behaviors have increased rapidly in elementary school classrooms in the last three years, according to a new survey. Read Now

19. ‘It’s a Bunch of Smoke and Mirrors’: Sustainability of L.A. Teachers Union Contract Called into Question

The new deal could drive up this year’s deficit by about $187 million, according to a recent district projection. Read Now

18. Despite Being Under State Oversight, KY District Continued to Violate Special Ed Laws

After being placed under mandatory state oversight — and despite a year of corrective efforts — Jefferson County Public Schools continued to violate state and federal special education laws, according to a report. Read Now

17. WV Teachers Hold Candlelight Vigil as Lawmakers Debate Ed Reform Bill, Plan Unspecified Statewide Action

Unions representing teachers and school service workers say the legislation is in retaliation for last year’s nine-day strike, when teachers won a 5 percent pay raise. Read Now

16. Baltimore District Is Rapidly Adding Students — More Than Half Are Immigrants or Speak Another Language

Baltimore County’s school system is absorbing a wave of immigrants that has fueled rising enrollments the past few years. Read Now

15. DC District Seeking More Than $450,000 from Families Accused of Fraudulently Enrolling Kids

The District sued three Maryland families Wednesday, alleging the parents fraudulently claimed to live in the city so their children could attend DC’s public schools. Read Now

14. SD House Approves Bill That Would Ban Schools from Teaching about Gender Dysphoria Through 7th Grade

Tom Pischke, the sponsor, says the intent of the measure is to make sure that public schools aren’t “teaching and confusing our young children to be more susceptible to this dysphoria.” Read Now

13. 8 New Jersey Districts Sue over State’s Planned Cuts in Spending, Allege Changes Are Unconstitutional

Senate President Sweeney says they should have seen the writing on the blackboard, changes resolve long-standing inequities in state education aid. Read Now

12. Federal Court Rejects Christian Student’s Legal Challenge of Islam Lesson in School

As a high school junior, Caleigh Wood refused to complete a history lesson on “The Muslim World” that she said forced her to embrace Islam in conflict with her Christian faith — and the Constitution. Read Now

11. Pennsylvania Senate Bill Could Force Families with Kids in Online Charter Schools to Pay Out-of-Pocket

A proposal with potentially dire consequences for Pennsylvania’s cyber charter schools re-emerged in Harrisburg this session. Read Now

10. Art Education Boosts Students’ Academic, Social and Emotional Outcomes, Study Finds

Over the last few decades, the proportion of students receiving arts education has shrunk drastically. Read Now

9. Data Show 46% of Tennessee High School Grads Attending State Colleges Need Remedial Math

Newly released data detailing how ready Tennessee students are for college paint a grim picture of the state’s continued challenges in improving K-12 education. Read Now

8. Charlotte Student Group Blasts Credit Recovery Program as ‘Scam’ That ‘Passes Students Through a Failing System’

A controversial online program that helps failing high school students graduate was blasted this week by some of the young adults who are supposed to be its beneficiaries. Read Now

7. Chicago Public Schools Quietly Broadens the Role of Police Department Gang School Safety Unit

School officials say the monitoring was about keeping students safe, not punishing them. Read Now

6. ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’ Replaced With ‘Parent 1’ and ‘Parent 2’ in French Schools Under Same-Sex Amendment

France’s National Assembly has voted in favor of an amendment removing the terms “mother” and “father” from forms in the nation’s schools, instead using the terms “parent 1” and “parent 2.” Read Now

5. Denver District, Union Reach Agreement to End First Strike in 25 Years, Teachers to Get 11.7% Average Pay Raise Next Year

The Denver school district and teachers union have reached an agreement in their long-simmering dispute over teacher pay, ending a strike as it entered its fourth day. Read Now

4. Florida Governor Announces Plan to Eliminate Wait List for Private School Tax Credit Scholarships

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday his proposal for an “equal opportunity scholarship” to supplement the state’s Tax Credit Scholarship program. Read Now

3. NEA Union President: Denver Should Serve as a Warning for Districts Thinking about Rewarding Teachers

In town to support the Denver teachers strike, National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García said the labor unrest should serve as a cautionary tale for other districts. Read Now

2. At House Hearing on School Spending, Democrats Take Issue with Free-Market Approach to Education

The argument that school funding was, in effect, a red herring, was proffered by the sole conservative witness at the hearing, Kennesaw State University researcher Benjamin Scafidi, who came under frequent attack from the committee’s Democrats. Read Now

1. Not The Onion: Union Opposes Teachers’ Right to Unionize In Charter Case Where Such Rights Might Undermine Their Own Control

By bringing its case to Trump’s NLRB, New York’s teachers union could threaten charter teachers’ rights in a host of states. Read Now

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