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98,000 Illegal Immigrants Graduating from U.S. High Schools, the School Choice Option You May Not Know About, Parkland Shooting's Influence on the School Discipline Debate and More

20. Teacher’s Resignation Letter: ‘I Won’t Be in an Abusive Relationship with Public Education’

“I cannot set myself on fire to keep someone else warm,” Sariah McCall wrote. Read Now

19. Australian Homeschooled Kids Get Better Test Results and Have More Degrees than Their Peers

International research suggests homeschooled students’ achievements are as good, if not better, than those of their traditionally schooled peers. Read Now

18. How a Sacramento Charter School Helps the Most At-Risk Students

Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy helps very vulnerable students succeed in high school—and beyond. Read Now

17. Judge Rules New York State Overstepped Its Authority with Private School Oversight Rules

The decision by a state judge in Albany nullifies state Education Department guidelines for monitoring private schools, including religious schools. Read Now

16. California May Ban Public Schools, Including Charters, from Suspending Students for Disrupting Activities or Defying Authorities

The California State Senate voted to ban schools and principals from suspending students for “willful defiance” of teachers, staff, and administrators. Read Now

15. Salaries? Benefits? No. Ohio Teachers Union Protests Tax Abatements Offered in Return for Pharmaceutical Jobs

Ignoring warnings from city development officials that they don’t understand tax abatements, teachers marched up to the doorstep of the CoverMyMeds headquarters and presented the firm with a giant “tax bill.” Read Now

14. A Personalized Learning Rebellion in Kansas

The seed of rebellion was planted in classrooms. It grew in kitchens and living rooms, in conversations between students and their parents. Read Now

13. Feds Step In after Asian Americans Allege Discrimination in Maryland District’s Magnet School Program

Parents have complained that race was unlawfully used as a factor in magnet program admissions. Read Now

12. NYC Schools See 2,000 Percent Rise in ‘Forcible-Sex Offenses’

The offenses involve “completed or attempted” sexual contact from rape to forced groping, and even involved victims and perpetrators as young as elementary school students, according to the data. Read Now

11. Buffalo District Ordered to Pay Nearly $400,000 for Three Principal Salaries at One High School

The drama surrounding the principalship at McKinley High School continues to unfold. Read Now


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MOSKOWITZ: Smoking Gun Proof of Media Bias against Charter Schools

You’d have the same journalists and the same publications suddenly deciding that a story was no longer news because the final outcome didn’t align with their desired narrative. Read Now


10. ‘We May as Well…Give the Unions the Key and Give Them the Checkbook’: RI Leaders Protest ‘Lifetime Contract Bill’

The legislation would allow teacher and municipal employee contracts to remain in effect indefinitely after they have expired. Read Now

9. Failing Math: Mississippi Dept of Ed Error Leads to $14 Million Funding Shortfall for Teacher Raises

Lawmakers by early 2020 will have to come up with an additional $12 million to $14 million to cover a major mistake in funding this year’s teacher pay raise. Read Now

8. One of Detroit District’s Biggest Obstacles: 70% Chronic Absenteeism Rate

A stunning 70 percent of district students were labeled chronically absent during the last school year, meaning they missed 18 or more days of school. Read Now

7. Tennessee Senate Passes Education Savings Account Bill

For the second time this week, Gov. Bill Lee’s education savings account bill received approval in the legislature, this time advancing in the state Senate. Read Now

6. Florida Senate Passes Bill that Creates New School Voucher Program

The Florida Senate passed a massive education bill Thursday that marks a key departure from the state’s traditional financing of public education. Read Now

5. Chronic Turnover: 26 Philly District Schools Lost at Least 25% of Their Teachers for Four Years Straight

At 26 Philly schools, teachers churn through jobs at an alarming rate, hindering some of the city’s most vulnerable children. Read Now

4. Cash-Strapped School Districts Are Going into Debt to Get the Latest Tech for Students

Using long-term debt to pay for technology that may be obsolete in a couple of years is “like taking out a mortgage to buy groceries,” says Ross Rubenstein, a professor at Georgia State University who specializes in public finance and education policy. Read Now

3. 98,000 Illegal Immigrants Graduating from U.S. High Schools, According to Analysis

Nearly 100,000 illegal immigrants graduate from U.S. high schools annually, thousands more than long assumed, according to a new analysis. Read Now

2. Long-Form Piece on How the Parkland Shooting Influenced the School Discipline Debate

Twelve days after the shooting, Max Eden wrote an article for the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, suggesting that Broward’s approach to school discipline might have allowed Cruz to “slip through the cracks.” Read Now

Related: Florida Writer Tweets ‘Poetic Justice’ Would Be for Education Analyst Max Eden ‘To Be Shot’

Joe Lovece’s Facebook profile identifies him as a “Journalist, writer and comedian.” Read Now

1. 20-Year-Old Federal Law Allows Students to Transfer Out of ‘Persistently Dangerous’ Schools — But It’s Rarely Used

Just eight states and Puerto Rico have ever identified any schools as “persistently dangerous,” and half of those identified fewer than 10 schools, according to data compiled by The 74. Read Now

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