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Countdown: 20 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Wasted Federal Education Funding, SAT Exam's New ‘Adversity Score,’ Democrats' Racial Divide on Charters and More

20. Baltimore Teachers Union Election Spurs Allegations of Voter Suppression, Campaign Violations

Some members believe the current leadership has lost touch with the people who work in schools every day. Read Now

19. Las Vegas-Area Teachers Union Votes to Authorize Illegal Strike

Such a strike would be illegal under Nevada law, and the Clark County Educators Association could face fines up to $50,000 per day if educators walked off the job. Read Now

18. Founder of Nebraska Organization Fighting School Choice Sent Her Own Kids to Private School

Why would a woman who chose a private school for her own children spread misinformation about a program that would assist low- and middle-income mothers from finding “the best fit” for their own children? Read Now

17. Ohio High School to Eliminate Valedictorian Honor over ‘Mental Wellness’ Concerns

Citing an unhealthy competitiveness among students, an Ohio high school will no longer recognize a valedictorian or salutatorian beginning next school year, school officials say. Read Now

16. 2020 Democrats Try to Woo Teachers Galvanized by the #RedforEd Movement

The wooing of America’s teachers is fully underway in the early presidential battleground states as Democratic candidates work to capture the support of a core party constituency energized by widespread strikes and unrest. Read Now

15. Two-Thirds of Education Technology Software Purchases Are Going Unused

Other top underutilized resources are professional development and printed materials. Read Now

14. Critics Cry Foul after Top NYC Official Gets Her Kids into Selective Schools — One after the Application Deadline

It appears the NYC Department of Education rolled out the red carpet for Cheryl Watson-Harris. Read Now

13. West Virginia Teachers Union Prepares for Walk-In Protest before Special Legislative Session on Education

On Wednesday, teachers unions called on Gov. Jim Justice to cancel the special session on education altogether. Read Now

12. Minnesota Board Member Disheartened by Story of Family Homeschooling Due to Bullying — But He’s Not Surprised

Tony Kinkel said complaints his office receives about bullying have increased statewide. Read Now

11. California Governor Proposes Tighter Enrollment Rules on Charters that Would Not Apply to Traditional District or Magnet Schools

State law already requires that a charter school admit any student who applies. Read Now


Countdown Halftime — Which Means It’s Time for #CommentaryOfTheWeek:

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KEFFLER: Coming to a Public School Near You: No Opt-Out Transgender Ideology

Schools and parents are being deceived. Read Now


10. ‘It’s Like the Wild West’: K-12 Schools Have Been Found to Have No Rules for Dealing with Sexual Assault

K-12 schools — often unaware of their obligations under federal law — have become notorious for failing to recognize and address sexual assault, and employing tactics to intimidate victims and avoid lawsuits. Read Now

9. Nevada Education Funding Revamp Would Send Extra Dollars to Individual Students Based on Need

Senate Bill 543 seeks to clean up the state’s messy, decades-old formula for divvying up dollars from roughly 80 different school funding sources. Read Now

8. Union-Backed Los Angeles School Board Candidate Wins, Potentially Shifting Board Against Charter Model

With Jackie Goldberg back on the board, the political dynamics are changing. Read Now

7. Proposed Legislation Would Offer Ed Savings Accounts to DC Students Concerned about Their Safety

If enacted, DC would be the first nationwide to have an education savings account program dedicated to student safety. Read Now

6. In Philadelphia, More than Twice as Many Voters Support Charter Schools than Oppose

Voter opinions were largely unfavorable toward Philadelphia’s school system, with 56 percent saying the schools were getting worse. Read Now

5. PBS NewsHour Highlights High Number of Students Who Enter College Unprepared and Struggle to Pass Remedial Math

Only a third of students who are placed in those courses go on to graduate or to complete higher-level math. Read Now

4. New Polling Data Show a Sharp Racial Divide among Democrats on Charter Schools

Among black and Hispanic Democrats, support for charter schools held steady from 2016 to 2018. But among white Democrats, approval tanked, dropping from 43 to 27 percent. Read Now

3. DC Voucher Study: No Clear Test Score Effects, But Students Feel Safer and Are More Likely to Show Up to Class

Seventy-one percent of voucher users gave their school an A or B rating, compared to 60% of the control group of students who lost a random lottery for a voucher. Read Now

2. SAT Exam Reportedly to Give Students ‘Adversity Score’ in Bid to Level Playing Field in College Admissions

A new “adversity score” assigned by the College Board on the SAT exam will reportedly reflect students’ family income, environment and educational differences. Read Now

1. National Center for Education Statistics: Much of Federal Ed Funding Is Wastefully Spent and Unfairly Allocated

A congressionally mandated report confirmed some of the worst suspicions about how the federal government doles out funds for the multibillion-dollar program. Read Now

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