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Countdown: 10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

A Teachers Union Loses Thousands of Members, Democratic Primary Voters Support Charters, the 'Hidden Driver' Behind Strikes and More

10. Rich Michigan Districts Profit by Sending Substitutes to Private Schools

Michigan’s “shared time” program allows public schools to get tax dollars to offer classes like foreign language, art, music and advanced placement courses at private, mostly religious schools. Read Now

9. New York City Education Chief: Anti-Bias Training and Culturally Responsive Education Are a ‘Matter of Life and Death’

Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said Tuesday that core elements of his agenda are not just sound education practice, but are urgently important for student survival. Read Now

8. Pitting Families and Schools against Each Other: The Costly Legal Fights over Special Education Services in California

The law says public schools must give students with disabilities the services that meet their individual needs, but parents and districts often disagree on what those services should be or whether a student needs services at all. Read Now

7. Providence Mayor Supports Expansion of Charter School on Which He’s Board Chair, But No Other Charters

Mayor Jorge Elorza said Sunday he is prepared to support the high-performing Achievement First charter school’s plan to open an additional elementary school, but he will ask the state to limit the expansion of other charter schools in Providence. Read Now

6. Report Suggests a ‘Hidden Driver’ Behind Rash of Strikes: Skyrocketing Pension and Health Costs

According to a new report from academic Dan DiSalvo, labor leaders and lawmakers are both missing the most critical factor putting pressure on school district finances: retirement benefits. Read Now


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TRIPP: The Secretary of Education Doesn’t Have to Be a Public School Teacher

The implied idea that there’s only one suitable teaching method robs the Department of Education of a potentially qualified leader who could provide students with new opportunities. Read Now


5. Las Vegas-Area Parents Say Special Needs Students Are Routinely Abused

Parents of special education students banded together on Monday to demand more protection for their children, alleging that Clark County School District employees and students have routinely abused special needs students in the district’s care and that the school officials have buried information about the mistreatment. Read Now

4. Poll: Nearly 80% of Democratic Primary Voters Support Expansion of Charter Schools

The results stand in stark contrast to the education platforms of the current 2020 Democratic candidates. Read Now

3. Judge Warns Betsy DeVos: ‘I’m Not Sending Anyone to Jail Yet, but It’s Good to Know I Have that Ability’

U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim was far from happy with DeVos in a hearing that took place Monday in San Francisco. Read Now

2. Arkansas State Board Strips Bargaining Power of Little Rock Teachers Union

The move came shortly after the panel voted to return local control of Little Rock’s schools to a board that will be elected in November 2020. Read Now

1. AFT Teachers Union Has Lost 76,000 Members over the Last Year, Translating to $18 Million Loss in Dues

The drop in membership happened in the first year following the Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, which said that public-sector employees cannot be forced to join or otherwise support a union. Read Now

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