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Countdown: 10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Teacher Resignation Goes Viral, High School Athletes Challenge Transgender Policy, Parents of Bullies May Face Lawsuits and More

10. Federal Legislation Introduced to Ban Schools from ‘Shaming’ Students Who Don’t Pay for School Lunch

The No Shame at School Act will ban any kind of identification of students who cannot pay for lunch at school. Read Now

9. GAO: Schools Are Underreporting Use of Restraint and Seclusion of Students

In the past, government officials have said public schools rarely use these behavior management methods — but now, those same officials aren’t so sure. Read Now

8. Teacher Resignation Goes Viral: The School System ‘May Be Broken Beyond Repair,’ So I’m Leaving for an Online Charter

Michelle Maile was a first grade teacher before she resigned this month, and her 5-point explanation of why she did it is resonating with thousands. Read Now

7. Unredacted Report Recommends Baltimore Schools ‘Eliminate’ Grade Changing

After nearly two years, following a judge’s orders, Baltimore City Public Schools has finally un-redacted portions of an internal grade changing investigation it didn’t want the public to read. Read Now

6. Liberal News Outlet ProPublica Calls Teach for America ‘An Arm of the Charter School Movement’

Teach For America CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard said that donors don’t sway its approach. Read Now


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CHICAGO TRIBUNE EDITORIAL: Illinois Politicians Have School Choice, But They Want to Curb It for Other People’s Kids

Big picture: The elimination of the charter school commission signals again how entrenched and domineering teachers unions have become in the Democrat-dominated General Assembly. Read Now


5. Proposed Bill in New Jersey Opens Up Parents of Repeat Bullies to Civil Lawsuits, Monetary Penalties

A new law would make parents civilly liable if they’re found negligent in supervising kids who are repeat bullies, whether they’re harassing other kids in person or online through social media. Read Now

4. Pennsylvania Governor Vetoes Expansion of Private School Choice Program

The governor said he can not swallow such a large increase in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program when many of the state’s public school systems are still teetering on the brink of fiscal calamity. Read Now

3. Three Connecticut Female High School Athletes File Federal Complaint over Having to Compete Against Students Born Male

Three Connecticut high school track and field athletes have filed a federal discrimination complaint against a statewide policy on transgender athletes, saying it has cost them top finishes in competitions and possibly college scholarships. Read Now

2. More than Half of Arizona 3rd Graders Didn’t Pass Reading Test — And Students in Higher Grades Did Worse

The scores show more than half the students in most categories, including in third-grade reading, aren’t passing the test. Read Now

1. West Virginia Senate Leader Indicates Omnibus Education Bill, which Would Create State’s First Charters, Will Pass

Senate President Mitch Carmichael indicates an omnibus education bill will likely pass that chamber – again — and Gov. Jim Justice says he will sign it. Read Now

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