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Countdown: 20 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

NYC’s Selective High School Problem, Federal Courts Stymie Betsy DeVos' Efforts, New Lawsuits Flip the Transgender Student Policy Arguments and More

20. Indiana Teachers Shot ‘Execution Style’ with Pellet Guns During Active Shooter Drill

Gail Zeheralis, director of government relations for the Indiana State Teachers Association, revealed the story during a hearing on a school safety bill. Read Now

19. A Half Century of Testing Show Achievement Gap between Socioeconomic Classes Persists

Income inequality has soared in the United States over the past half century. Has educational inequality increased alongside, in lockstep? Read Now

18. Calling It ‘Both Promising and Dangerous,’ Bill Gates Says We Should Use AI to Improve Education

Artificial intelligence is “both promising and dangerous,” like nuclear weapons and nuclear energy, Microsoft’s co-founder says. Read Now

17. Why This Brooklyn Charter School Draws Double the Portion of Special Ed Students as Its Local District

The longer students attend Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School, the better they do. Read Now

16. MI Districts Tout Use of Private Companies for Substitute Teachers: It Saves Time, Money and Headaches

Those companies have leveraged technology to revolutionize the way the schools fill in for teachers who are out sick or spending the day in professional development. Read Now

15. California Parents Say They Were Not Informed by School That Children Attended LGBT Fair

Parents across Santa Ana, California were recently stunned with the answer their middle-school aged children gave when asked about their day. Read Now

14. Competitive Video Game Playing Is Now a High School Varsity Sport in Eight States

The global esports market is expected to generate more than $1 billion in 2019, according to research firm Newzoo. It also estimates the esports audience will reach 454 million this year. Read Now

13. Tennessee Report Finds Students with ‘Ineffective Teachers’ Two Years in a Row Lag Behind Peers

A report by the Tennessee Comptroller’s office could have an impact on state policy when it comes to placing students in classrooms. Read Now

12. A Very Different Form of Choice in Education: First-Year Teachers Often End Up with More Struggling Students

Being a new teacher is notoriously difficult — and schools often make it even tougher. Read Now

11. Data Show NJ Schools Reported More Than 7,200 Incidents to Police, 150,000 Instruction Days Lost Due to Suspensions

Law enforcement officers made close to 1,400 school-related arrests, New Jersey state education data show. Read Now


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BRADFORD: If Buying Your Way to the Front of the College Line Is So Reprehensible, Why Is It Completely Acceptable in K-12 Education?

Some might believe this is a long leap, but it isn’t. The “best” education in America is always purchased — occasionally with tuition, but more often with a mortgage. Read Now


10. How America’s Second-Largest Teachers Union Is Preparing for 2020

As outlined on a new website, the process for this presidential cycle will differ in some respects to the union’s previous approach. Read Now

9. Audit: Oregon Education Department Fails on Promise to Help Alternative Schools

In December 2017, state officials released an audit showing the Oregon Department of Education needed to do more to help at-risk students in alternative and online schools. Read Now

8. School Choice Opponents Say They Are Facing The Biggest Fight in Tennessee’s History

School choice supporters who have had their hopes dashed for years in Tennessee’s General Assembly are more hopeful than ever about a new round of bills ramping up at the state Capitol. Read Now

7. Federal Judge: Unions Don’t Owe Non-Union Workers Refunds, Despite Unconstitutional Fees

The ruling comes less than a year since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Janus in his dispute with AFSCME and the state of Illinois. Read Now

6. U.S. Supreme Court May Hear Students’ Arguments That School Transgender Policies Infringe on Their Rights

Newer lawsuits flip the arguments on their head, alleging that accommodations for transgender students violate the “bodily privacy” of non-transgender students. Read Now

5. ‘One Hundred Years You Fail Our Kids’: Protesters Shut Down Charleston School Board Meeting

A group of protesters disrupted the Charleston County School Board, claiming that the district had failed in its duty to educate black children and was treating a majority-black charter school unfairly. Read Now

4. Chicago Teachers Union President to Members: Start Saving Money Ahead of Potential Strike

CTU President Jesse Sharkey last week suggested the union’s rank-and-file “start saving” at least 10 percent of each paycheck “to make sure we can stand strong on the picket line.” Read Now

3. As Sacramento District Grapples with $35 Million Budget Gap, Teachers Vote to Strike

The Sacramento City Teachers Association spent three weeks collecting votes, and said turnout was 70 percent of its 2,500 members. Read Now

2. Problem with the Test — Or Lack of Quality Ed for Minorities? Only 7 Black Students Get into NYC’s Most Selective High School

Neither the expansion of free test prep for minority students nor a new plan to offer the selevtive high school exam during the school day made a dent in the admissions numbers. Read Now

1. Federal Courts Stymie Betsy DeVos’ Efforts to Roll Back Obama-Era Education Policies

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ attempts to swiftly roll back major Obama-era policies at her agency are hitting a roadblock: federal courts. Read Now

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