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Countdown: 10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

36 Million Illiterate Adults, a Proposal to Monitor Students’ Social Media, Parent Backlash over Sex Ed and More

10. ‘We Know This Is the First Battle in a Longer Fight’: Little Rock Teachers Strike over Loss of Bargaining Rights and State’s Control of District

Teachers picketed outside the site of a historic desegregation and dozens of other Little Rock schools Thursday, walking out for the first time in more than three decades. Read Now

9. Teachers Unions in Oregon and Washington State Report Sharp Declines in Membership, Revenue

The membership declines reflect the waning power of unions in the United States. Read Now

8. ‘We Have Ruined a Generation of Kids’: Texas Students Still Fighting for Special Ed Services Despite Federal Order

Advocates say Texas officials are failing to provide extra help to those who need it. Read Now

7. DC District Schools’ Graduation Rate Drops to 65.1%

The graduation rate for the District’s traditional public high schools dropped 3.5 percentage points in 2019 — the second consecutive decline since the system faced scrutiny over whether students properly earn their diplomas. Read Now

6. More Than $126,700: What Some Chicago Teachers Could Make by the Last Year of New Contract

Under the new contract, teachers would receive a 3% raise for the current school year and for the next two years, followed by 3.5% increases in the final two years of the contract. But the figures also detail “step” salary increases, which are based on years of service. Read Now


It’s Halftime! This Week’s #CommentaryOfTheWeek:

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HANUSHECK: Professionalizing Teaching and Winning the Salary Wars

Higher salaries may work to retain the most effective teachers, but they also retain the least effective. Read Now


5. Report: More Students with Disabilities Attending Charter Schools

Almost 11% of charter school students (10.79%) have been identified with disabilities, compared to 12.84% of students in traditional schools. Read Now

4. Teacher Morale Has ‘Reached a Tipping Point,’ New Survey Shows

The report shows that teacher optimism has fallen dramatically, from 50% in 2018 to 34% in 2019. Read Now

3. Parents and Activists Fear that Austin’s New Sex Ed Curriculum Sexualizes Kids as Young as 8 Years Old

“A lot of people will say that abstinence isn’t a reality,” a candidate for the state’s House of Representatives said. “Well in third grade, I hope it is.” Read Now

2. United States Could Be Losing Up to $1.4 Trillion in Gross Domestic Product Due to Low Rates of Adult Literacy

More than 36 million adults in the U.S. lack basic literacy skills, according to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Read Now

1. Federal Legislation Would Require Schools to Monitor Students’ Social Media

The legislation seeks to increase the safety of students by requiring all schools receiving federal funding to install programs that can monitor the online activities of minors to identify individuals who are at risk of committing self-harm or extreme violence against others. Read Now

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