Countdown: 20 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

NEA Adds 'White Supremacy' Resolution, States Sue over School Lunch, Dress Code Ruled Unconstitutional and More

20. What Happens When a Charter School’s Landlord Is Its Main Competitor?

Leasing district property can leave schools with little recourse when new district leaders decide that there are better uses for their buildings. Read Now

19. How New Jersey Turned Vocational Schools into Sought-After Academies

Vocational education was once seen as a dumping ground for students who couldn’t make the cut for college. Read Now

18. Mississippi Teachers Union: ‘Are You In?’ on Walkout over Paltry Pay Raise

A state teacher organization is asking members if they’re willing to participate in a one-day statewide “sickout” or an even more prolonged walkout. Read Now

17. Nevada Families’ Plea to Legislators: Defeat Bill that Would Permanently Cap Tax Credit Scholarship Funding

Since its inception, the money awarded to students has skyrocketed from $3.2 million for 541 students in 2015-16 to $11.8 million for 2,306 students in 2018-19. Read Now

16. San Diego District Paid Problem Principal Not to Work for 17 Months, Agreed Not to Tell Future Employers about Misconduct

San Diego Unified determined former Serra High principal Vincent Mays harassed employees and faked his diploma. Read Now

15. NY State Finally Approves Termination of Teacher Who Earned $540K While on Suspension Since 2014

A state hearing officer says the district proved that Lisa Weitzman’s actions against her disabled students “constituted misconduct, neglect of duty, and conduct unbecoming a teacher.” Read Now

14. More School Choice Means More School Safety

What if some types of schools are safer than others? Is it possible that school choice could improve school safety? A just-released study suggests it might. Read Now

13. Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke Walks a Fine Line on Charter Schools — His Wife Founded One

Where O’Rourke stands on charter schools is a question growing increasingly louder among many Democratic groups, with some hackles raised in particular over O’Rourke’s wife. Read Now

12. Sacramento Teachers Union Announces 1-Day Strike, District Says Strike Will Fast-Track a State Takeover

The union met Tuesday evening, and ended with their announcement to go on strike to protest unfair labor practices. Read Now

11. Over Parent Objections, Colorado School Teaches 6-Year-Olds about ‘Transgender Ravens’ and Gender Fluidity

Despite parent attempts to opt children as young as five out of presentations telling them traditional gender roles are evil and people can be whatever sex they feel like, a Colorado school district showed the material anyway. Read Now

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GREENE: The Achievement-Attainment Disconnect Strikes Again!

I’ve lost track of how many studies with rigorous causal identification find that improving test scores is not associated with improving later life outcomes, like graduating high school, attending and completing college, and getting a job and earning higher salaries. Read Now

10. How Easily Public Ed Funding Disappears: IL Court Rules Union Lobbyist Can Keep Pension Windfall He Got for One Day of Substitute Teaching

The high court’s ruling came on a 4-3 split decision, with a strong dissent stating that the majority opinion “whitewashes” key facts. Read Now

9. High School Students Aren’t Taking the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Courses that Align with Demands of the Job Market

Students are also more likely to take courses in fields that support more local jobs, but less likely to do so when those jobs are high-paying. Read Now

8. Criminalizing Childhood or Understanding Incentives? AZ Legislation Would Allow Schools to Deny Admission to Students with Disciplinary Records

Students suspended from schools in Arizona could be blacklisted from other district and charter schools that don’t want to take them. Read Now

7. U.S. Lawmaker Calls on Betsy DeVos to Resign Because She Used ‘Racist Research’

Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) on Monday said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos should resign, saying the Trump administration official used “racist research” and failed to stick up for children. Read Now

6. Federal Judge Rules Charter School Requirement for Girls to Wear Skirts is Unconstitutional

A North Carolina charter school promoting traditional values engaged in unconstitutional sex discrimination by requiring girls to wear skirts, a federal judge has ruled. Read Now

5. OR Lawmakers Offers $2 Billion for Schools as Teachers Plan Walkout to Push for More Spending

“Oregon schools are in crisis,” said John Larson, president of the Oregon Education Association in a statement. Read Now

4. Court Case: Should Schools Catering to Racial Minority Groups Face Desegregation Orders?

Two charter schools that cater to African-Americans have asked a judge to protect them from a lawsuit that seeks to desegregate schools across the Twin Cities metro area. Read Now

3. Kentucky Unions Join Forces in Effort to Subdue ‘Rogue Groups’ Staging Teacher Sickouts

Just how seriously union officers are taking this issue became apparent in a series of public steps they took last week. Read Now

2. States Sue Trump Administration over Rollback of School Lunch Nutrition Rules

Several U.S. states sued the Trump administration on Wednesday to undo its recent decision that allowed fewer whole grains and more sodium in school breakfasts and lunches. Read Now

1. NEA Union Adds Resolution that Teachers Must Acknowledge Existence of ‘White Supremacy Culture’

The section reads, “The National Education Association believes that, in order to achieve racial and social justice, educators must acknowledge the existence of White supremacy culture as a primary root cause of institutional racism, structural racism, and White privilege.” Read Now

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