Countdown: 10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week (And Last Week)

Gifted Students Overlooked, Dem Candidates Abandon Charters, NEA Political Spending Up and More

10. I Would Lock Myself in the Bathroom…and Cry’: Teachers Explain the Dread of Having to Restrain and Seclude Students

The definitions vary in different states and school districts, as do the rules around how educators can use these methods. Read Now

9. Amid Push for Restorative Practices, Teachers in Kentucky’s Largest District Say Student Behavior Not Improving

Despite drops in suspensions and behavior referrals, student behavior is not improving in Jefferson County classrooms, the majority of educators said in a new teachers union survey. Read Now

8. Federal Judge Hears Arguments in Connecticut School Racial Quota Case

The suit filed in February on behalf of the parents union alleges that racial quotas or targets are violating the rights of black and Hispanic students. Read Now

7. Rhode Island Students Argue in Court: We Are Being Denied a Constitutional Right to Civics

In a lawsuit with national implications, a lawyer for a group of youth argued that Rhode Island students are being denied their constitutional rights to a robust civics education. Read Now

6. 2018 PISA Results Released: U.S. Students Show No Progress on International Test

If recent results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress left the public dismayed about the academic performance of U.S. students, Tuesday’s release of scores showing how 15-year-olds compare to their peers around the world aren’t likely to cheer them up. Read Now

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WATERS: Top Democratic Candidates’ Disrespect for Parents of Color Has Me Wondering If I Fit into This Party Anymore

In this state, led by a Democratic governor who considers himself “progressive,” 35,000 children, largely low-income and of color, sit on charter school waitlists enduring a seemingly endless moratorium on the DOE’s authorization of new charter schools. Read Now

5. Minority Voters Chafe as Democratic Candidates Abandon Charter Schools

The front-runners for the presidential nomination are moving away from the charter school movement, and black and Latino families ask why their concerns are lost. Read Now

4. RealClear Poll: 69% of Registered Voters Prefer to Send Their Kids to a School Other Than Zoned Public School

A RealClear Opinion Research survey of 2,014 registered voters shows that support for educational choice is strong. Read Now

3. As Active Membership Declines by More Than 29,000, NEA Teachers Union’s Political Spending Soars 36%

The National Education Association had 29,198 fewer members working in America’s public schools beginning this school year than it did in 2018, according to the union’s annual financial disclosure report to the U.S. Department of Labor. Read Now

2. Kids Are Getting Tasered at School

Rosie Phillips says she found her nonverbal son dazed and with Taser prongs still in his body. A HuffPost investigation shows that kids are getting Tasered at school around the country. Read Now

1. As Many as 3.6 Million Gifted Children Are Being Overlooked in School

Four of 10 children attended public schools where not a single student was identified as gifted, even though most states legally require schools to find and serve gifted children and provide money to do so. Read Now

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