Countdown: 10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Chicago Teachers Strike, School Choice Surges, a Movie Release and More

10. More Than Half of West Virginia Teachers Miss 10 Days or More of School Each Year, Union President Defends Them

Numbers released last week by the state Department of Education, which didn’t include maternity leave, showed 53 percent of teachers missed more than 10 days of work last year while 11 percent missed more than 20 days. Read Now

9. California Becomes First State to Mandate Later School Day Start Times

The new law, however, is not without controversy. Read Now

8. Texas Districts Using Charter Partnership Law to Turn Around Schools, but Former District Leaders Are the Ones Running Them

Traditional school districts are teaming up with nonprofits or local universities to open charter schools, but they’re largely placing the operation of the campuses in the hands of administrators who once worked for their districts. Read Now

7. ‘A Reflection of Parental Demand’: Enrollment in Wisconsin School Voucher Programs Surges, One Program Jumped 55%

Most of the growth has been in the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program, which grew by 37% to 9,764 students this year; and the Special Needs program, which jumped 55% to 1,058. Read Now

6. New School Choice Film, Miss Virginia, Released in Theaters and On Demand

Attacked and threatened by those who don’t want change—from corrupt politicians to the local drug lord—Virginia must discover depths of strength she never knew she had. Watch Now

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McDONALD: The Strongest Support for School Vouchers Comes from Lower-Income Families

Parents are increasingly dissatisfied with a one-size-fits-all mass schooling model and want access to expanded educational options for their kids. Read Now

5. New Florida School Choice Program Caps Out in First Year with 18,000 Students

Governor Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran announced Florida’s latest school choice program has met its first-year enrollment cap. Read Now

4. Kentucky Governor Tells Challenger in Debate: ‘You Love Public Education So Much that Your Kids Go to Private Schools?’

A rancorous debate turned personal when the incumbent brought up his challenger’s children to claim his opponent is a “fraud” in promoting public education. Read Now

3. Michigan Alternative School Let Students Riot, Break Windows, and Sexually Assault Others, Teachers Say

Two teachers claim their pupils have been allowed to freely engage in violent, threatening, and abusive behavior “without restraint, accountability or consequence.” Read Now

2. Feds: Massachusetts Public Schools Violated Law by Denying Private Schools Aid for Special Education

Consequently, local districts and the state could wind up owing private schools millions of dollars in services they failed to provide over the past five years. Read Now

1. Chicago Teachers Union Goes on Strike

Both sides say they’re far from a deal. Read Now

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