Countdown: 10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

District Schools Get Charter-Like Flexibility to Innovate, Voucher Kids More Likely to Graduate from College, Parents Can't Opt Children Out of LGBTQ Content and More

10. Pennsylvania Governor Announces Executive Actions to Change ‘Flawed and Outdated Charter Law’

Governor Tom Wolf is calling for some radical changes in Pennsylvania’s charter school law. Read Now

9. ‘It Has Been Hell’: Feds Investigate after Parents Say Charlotte District Is Failing Students with Special Needs

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is currently investigating a dozen cases in which Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has been accused of violating the civil rights of students with disabilities or special needs. Read Now

8. California District Will Not Allow Parents to Opt Children Out of LGBTQ Content, Emails Show

A representative of the district said in an email this is because LGBTQ content is “fused throughout the entirety of the curriculum.” Read Now

7. Three Texas Districts, Including Houston, May Be Forced to Submit to State Takeover after A-F School Ratings Released

At least three Texas school districts — including the state’s largest — will likely be forced to shut down their chronically underperforming schools or submit to state takeover, based on annual state ratings. Read Now

6. Seattle Teachers Union Pickets Above Highway to Demand Increased Pay After 10.5% Raises Last Year

For the second summer in a row, Seattle Public Schools and the union representing 6,000 of its employees are under the wire to finalize a new labor contract just weeks before the start of school. Read Now

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STEPMAN: California Shows Why Students Need an Escape Hatch from Public Schools

The blatantly left-wing curriculum, which reads as though ripped from a Berkeley seminar on “critical whiteness studies,” is raising accusations of indoctrination. Read Now

5. Nevada Parents Sue over Cap on Private School Choice Program

The three plaintiff parents say the cap leaves them uncertain whether their children can continue to attend their private school. Read Now

4. New York Proposal Would Require Schools to Teach Hate Symbols

Lawmakers in New York will consider legislation that would require schools to teach students on “the meaning of swastikas and nooses as symbols of hatred and intolerance.” Read Now

3. School Voucher Kids More Likely to Graduate from College, Study Says

The study, a collaboration between two researchers at the University of Arkansas and one at the University of Missouri, examines data from the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, the oldest voucher program in the United States. Read Now

2. Daily Caller: Congressional Candidate Says Opponent Lacks Faith in Public Schools, But Sends His Own Kids to Private School

Democratic congressional candidate Dan McCready of North Carolina sends his children to an $18,000 a year private school, but that didn’t stop him from accusing his Republican opponent twice during an event Sunday of having no faith in public schools. Read Now

1. States Increasingly Extend Charter-Like Flexibility to District Schools So They Can Innovate

24 states now give districts or individual schools freedom from state regulations to innovate. Read Now

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