Countdown: 10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Dem Candidates Make Grand Gestures, California Charter Cap All But Dies, NEA Loses Another Affiliate and More

10. Lawsuit Alleging New Jersey Violates Students’ Rights by Maintaining Segregated Schools May Be Headed to Trial

A year after civil-rights advocates and students sued the state over desegregating New Jersey public schools, negotiations have broken down and the case may be headed to trial. Read Now

9. U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case on Transgender Student Bathroom Policy

The Supreme Court’s decision leaves standing the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals unanimous ruling last year that the Pennsylvania school district can continue allowing transgender students to use bathrooms that align with their gender identity. Read Now

8. Detroit District Borrowing Tens of Millions of Dollars Annually to Pay Back Debt

“It’s unreal. The amount is so large,” said Bob Moore, a retired deputy superintendent of Oakland Schools and school finance expert. “It’s just extending (the debt repayment) out ridiculously.” Read Now

7. Records Show Students in Maryland’s Largest District Can Miss Weeks of Classes and Still Graduate

As graduation approached last year, the list of often-absent students at Albert Einstein High School in suburban Maryland was long. More than 175 seniors repeatedly missed classes, many in courses required for their diplomas. Read Now

6. $90 Million Lawsuit Claims NYC Ed Chief’s Crusade against ‘Toxic’ Whiteness Cost Execs Their Jobs

“If you draw a paycheck from DOE … get on board with my equity platform or leave,” Carranza thundered to employees assembled in the rotunda of the agency’s Lower Manhattan headquarters last June, according to the suit, filed Tuesday in state supreme court. Read Now

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THE WASHINGTON POST: There’s Nothing Progressive about Strangling Charter Schools

The most enduring — and unforgivable — civil rights offense in our country today is the consigning of so many poor, often minority children to failing schools. Read Now

5.  ‘I Would Still Do It All Over Again’: Mom Convicted of Stealing a Better Education for Her Child Has No Regrets

Tanya McDowell knew her son would get a quality education in Norwalk. She didn’t know that she was breaking the law by sending him to school there. Read Now

4. West Virginia Senate Leader Wants to Introduce and Pass Education Bill That Includes Charter Schools This Saturday

This could finish the senators’ side of the special legislative session on education in one day. Read Now

3. Hoping Teachers Unions Will Take Out Their Checkbooks, 2020 Dem Candidates Make Grand Gestures to K-12 Education

The candidates in the 2020 Democratic field are jockeying to prove who is the biggest defender of public education with a series of high-profile proposals. Read Now

2. The NEA Just Lost Another Large Local Affiliate: Are Teachers Revitalizing Their Representation By Taking Control?

Unionized teachers or nonunion teachers? Many education conflicts and larger public policy issues center on this binary question. But there is a third group that will force school districts, unions and even legislatures to rethink their systems of labor relations. Read Now

1. Proposal to Cap Charter School Growth All but Dies in California Assembly

The bill was part of an effort by the California Teachers Association and some Democrats to overhaul the state’s 1992 charter schools law. Read Now

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