Countdown: 10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Crossing the Picket Line, Canceling Halloween, Falsifying Student Records and More

10. Schools Are Banning Halloween Festivities in the Name of Inclusiveness

As the Halloween divide grows, some schools are opting to dodge the issue by scrapping classes altogether and devoting Oct. 31 to teacher in-service days and parent-teacher conferences. Read Now

9. Senator Pushes to Relocate U.S. Education Department to Tennessee

In a proposal filed Wednesday, Tennessee U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn is calling for the government to relocate the U.S. Department of Education to the Volunteer State. Read Now

8. ‘Whose Streets?’ ‘Our Streets’: As Chicago Teachers Strike Drags On, Union Members Learn Civil Disobedience Tactics

Union members formed a road block and locked arms Thursday during civil disobedience training. Read Now

7. Is Literacy a Constitutional Right? Federal Appeals Court Hears Arguments in Case over Lack of Quality Education in Detroit

A panel of U.S. Court of Appeals judges sought answers Thursday in a historic case over whether Detroit school children can access literacy amid deplorable conditions in their schools and whether the state of Michigan denied their rights when it ran the district. Read Now

6. 2019 Schooling in America Survey: Majority of Americans Still Think K-12 Education Is on the Wrong Track

Though most families send their kids to a public district school, most would prefer a different schooling option—even public school teachers who are parents. Read Now

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BARNARD: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Accidentally Makes the Case for School Choice

It’s far from clear how any of the reforms championed by AOC and Bernie will truly challenge the public education status quo. Read Now

5. ‘I’m Not Working for the Union’: Chicago Teacher Crosses Picket Line and Goes on Working, and It’s Not the First Time

At least 20 of the Chicago Public Schools’ more than 300,000 students are still reporting to their teacher right now, after the teacher crossed a picket line during the ongoing strike. Read Now

4. Chronically Absent New York City Students Can Still Graduate Due to Policy Allowing Each School to Define Its Own ‘Expectations’

Going to class is not required to receive a city diploma. Read Now

3. Judge Rules Florida District Falsified Records, Wrongly Put Student in Special Needs Program to Avoid State Testing

The district falsified records and acted with “willful indifference” toward the education of a boy who was wrongly placed in a program for students with the most severe special needs, an administrative law judge rules. Read Now

2. Betsy DeVos Held in Contempt for Violating Judge’s Order on Student Loans

A federal judge on Thursday held Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in contempt of court and imposed a $100,000 fine for violating an order to stop collecting on the student loans owed by students of a defunct for-profit college. Read Now

1. Elizabeth Warren Releases K-12 Plan: Use ‘Ultra-Millionaire Tax’ to Quadruple Title I Funds While Ending Federal Funding for New Charters

“I’ve long been concerned about the way that school systems rely heavily on local property taxes, shortchanging students in low-income areas and condemning communities caught in a spiral of decreasing property values and declining schools,” Warren writes in her plan, “A Great Public School Education for Every Student.” Read Now

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