Countdown: 10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Violent Kids Take over Class, School Insecurity, DeVos Hearing Gets Personal and More

10. School Insecurity

We obsess about school shootings. Meanwhile, our schools endure constant and dangerous cyber-attacks. Read Now

9. Presidential Hopeful Pete Buttigieg Releases Plan to Spend More Than $1 Trillion on Education

“Too often, access to education is predicted by income or zip code. And success can be determined before a child even sets foot in a classroom,” the South Bend, Ind., mayor said. Read Now

8. Planned Parenthood to Open ‘Wellbeing Centers’ at 50 Los Angeles High Schools

The announcement comes as high schools and colleges have become a priority battleground for abortion rights advocates and antiabortion activists. Read Now

7. Arkansas Districts Argue in Federal Court that There Should Be Race-Based Limitations on Interdistrict School Choice

Lawyers for four Arkansas school districts argued Wednesday before the Eighth Circuit that they should continue to be exempt from a state law allowing minority students to attend schools outside their home district. Read Now

6. Budget Deal Restores $35 Million in Funding for Michigan Charter Schools

Michigan charter schools will get a state funding increase this year after all. Read Now

It’s Halftime! This Week’s #CommentaryOfTheWeek

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McSHANE: No, School Choice Is Not Gutting Ohio’s Public Schools

It’s time we all cool off. Let’s have some perspective. Read Now

5. ‘None of the Children at the School Are Safe’: One School, 21 Abuse Investigations

Citing evidence from surveillance video, agency reports describe workers grabbing children by the wrists, shoving them into walls and throwing them to the ground in a cluster of four seclusion spaces — some with lockable doors, others open — that the school calls “the office.” Read Now

4. Gallup Poll: 51% of U.S. Adults Believe College Education Is Very Important, Down from 70% in 2013

Perceptions that a college education is very important have declined in the U.S. among all age groups since 2013, but the drop has been especially pronounced — 33 percentage points — among adults aged 18 to 29. Read Now

3. Trump Says He’s Fighting for the ‘Forgotten Child,’ Touts Federal School Choice Bill

President Donald Trump used a Monday White House event held to promote school choice and urge Congress to consider a proposal that would use federal tax credits to help pay for a variety of educational services, including private school tuition. Read Now

2. Dem Congresswoman to Betsy DeVos: You’re ‘Out to Destroy Public Education’

The remarks from Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) came during a tense House hearing focused on DeVos’s handling of students who claim they were defrauded by for-profit colleges. Read Now

1. Violent Kids Take over Florida’s Classrooms, and They Have the Law on Their Side

Out of the blue, the student balled his fists and punched his teacher in the face, pummeling her until she was dazed and crying, a police report says. Read Now

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