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Countdown: 10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Charter Advocates Crash the Dem Debate, Foster Kids 'Robbed' of a Good Education, eSports on the Rise and More

10. New Hampshire Lawmakers Reject Federal Grant to Open 27 New Charter Schools

New Hampshire legislators rejected a federally funded grant Friday that would have provided millions of dollars for new charter schools in the state. Read Now

9. Over 140 New York City Schools Have Grades with 90% State Exam Failure Rate

A total of 23 schools had at least one entire class where not a single student passed a math or ­English proficiency test given annually to kids in grades 3 to 8. Read Now

8. North Carolina Ed Chief: 70,000 Third Graders Promoted Despite Not Meeting Reading Requirements

State Superintendent Mark Johnson claims that “aggressive work-arounds” developed by the State Board of Education and former state Department of Public Instruction staff “gutted” the program with “unlawful guidance” that allowed thousands of students to be wrongly promoted. Read Now

7. Texas Schools Are Sending Students to Jail for Vaping

Caught off guard by the increase in teen vaping, schools are grasping every tool at hand, including expulsions and suspensions. In some districts, students can face harsh discipline and jail time for having a vape pen in their backpack. Read Now

6. State-Sanctioned eSports Events Are on the Rise

The growth of regional and statewide leagues reinforces competitive gaming in K–12 schools is not just a fad. Read Now


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

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CHU: A Roaring Decade for School Choice

As 2019 comes to an end, so does a significant decade for education reform. Read Now


5. U.S. Supreme Court to Decide If Religious Freedom Exempts Catholic Schools from Being Sued by Teachers

The cases, both originating in Los Angeles County, pit the U.S. Constitution’s safeguards for free expression of religion against legal protections for workers. Read Now

4. ‘Stop Prepping Black Kids for Prison!’: Charter School Advocates Crash Democrat Debate

Hundreds of charter school advocates arrived outside the Democrat debate at Loyola Marymount University on Thursday evening, swamping the small demonstrations of support for the various candidates. Read Now

3. Graduation Rate of 35 Percent? Many Foster Children ‘Robbed of a Good Education’

When Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, there were some struggling children it did leave behind. Read Now

2. Washington Post: School District Boundaries Often Stymie Integration

It’s the lines that divide school districts from each other that have a much more profound effect in separating students by race, ethnicity and class. Read Now

1. The 10 Biggest Education Stories of 2019​

From discipline debates to teachers strikes to woke education, these are the ten K-12 education stories everyone was talking this year. Before heading into the new year, join us on our countdown of the 10 biggest education stories of 2019. Read Now

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