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Countdown: 10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

A Teacher Fired after Correcting Grammar, an Autistic Student Dubbed ‘Most Annoying Male,’ and School Choice Wins in Illinois and West Virginia

10. Charter vs. District: Which Students Are 50% More Likely to Have a Black Teacher?

Black students in charter schools are more likely to have black teachers than their peers in traditional public schools, which can lead to academic gains in math, a new study shows. Read Now

9. North Carolina Surpasses 200 Charter Schools as State Board Approves 10 More

Last year, the state received 35 applications. Of those, 10 were approved Thursday and two were sent back to a lower board for more review. Read Now

8. Judge Rules New Hampshire’s Formula for Funding Education Is Unconstitutional

“(The funding formula is) not only unsupported by the legislative record but (is) clearly or demonstratively inadequate according to the Legislature’s own definition of an adequate education,” Judge David Ruoff ruled. Read Now

7. Father Says Teacher Gave Autistic Son Trophy Dubbing Him the ‘Most Annoying Male’

“We were blindsided. We just weren’t expecting it,” Rick Castejon said. “As a principal or teacher, you should never let this happen to any student.” Read Now

6. In Detroit, 20% of Third Graders Would Have Been Held Back Last Year If New Literacy Law Was in Place

That’s well above the 4% percent of third graders who typically have to repeat the grade in the district. Read Now


Countdown Halftime — #CommentaryOfTheWeek:

Teacher Correcting Student's Work
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McDERMOTT: I Was Let Go as Substitute Teacher Because I Corrected My Students’ Grammar

What students apparently objected to was me handing back their papers, hectoring them about language errors. Read Now


5.  Los Angeles Voters Decisively Reject Property Tax Measure that Would Have Funded an Increase in District Spending

Setting back efforts to restore Los Angeles Unified to financial health, voters have decisively rejected a tax on real estate which would have raised approximately $500 million annually for the state’s largest school district. Read Now

4. Illinois Governor Backs Off Plan to Shut Down Private School Choice Program

Illinois’ private school scholarship program appears to have been spared the budget axe of Democrats that don’t agree with it. Read Now

3. West Virginia Senate Passes School Choice Bill, Authorizing Charter Schools and Education Savings Accounts

The West Virginia Senate has passed a complex and controversial education reform bill that contains anti-strike provisions that say teachers can be fired for walking off the job and allows for the state’s first charter schools. Read Now

2. NPR: ‘Economists We Spoke to Generally Believed that We Should Tie Teacher Pay to Classroom Performance’

This is the consensus position for economists. And there was a time, about a decade ago, when it looked to be the consensus of leading Democrats and Republicans as well. Not anymore. The proposals floated by Democrats on the campaign trail don’t mention pay-for-performance. Read Now

1. About 10% of Students Experience Sex Abuse by a School Employee — And More Female Teachers Are Being Caught

Many prosecutors and people who work with the abused say female teachers having sex with male students are doing just as much harm as their male counterparts who prey on girls. Read Now

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