Countdown: 10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Trump Protects Prayer in Schools, Political Divides Shape What Students Learn, Sex Ed in the #MeToo Era and More

10. Proposal Would Make Vermont the First State to Mandate All Schools Provide Free Breakfast and Lunch to All Students

The bill would mandate that every Vermont public school provide every student free breakfast and lunch at no charge to families. Read Now

9. Teachers Union Turns to Texas Supreme Court in Latest Attempt to Battle Dallas’ Merit-Based Pay System

The appeal, filed Thursday, is the latest move by the National Education Association-Dallas to fight portions of the Teacher Excellence Initiative, or TEI, which bases salary largely on how well students perform on state tests. Read Now

8. Los Angeles School District Pays $25 Million to Settle Sexual Misconduct Cases

Attorneys for the victims questioned the district’s commitment to reform. Read Now

7. Judge Rules Wisconsin Illegally Denied Voucher Schools the Right to Count Online Classes as Part of Instruction Time

The Department of Public Instruction said Wednesday it will change its policy and allow private schools to count online classes toward instructional time, just as public schools can do, after a judge ruled that treating them differently was unconstitutional. Read Now

6. New Jersey School Segregation Lawsuit Moves Forward, Judge Orders Districts to Be Notified

The complaint, first filed in 2018, alleges that New Jersey has de facto segregation of its public school system, because district boundaries roughly align with municipal boundaries, which are largely segregated by race and wealth. Read Now

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GEDYE: The Education Master’s Degree Scam

Teachers across the country earn grad degrees to get raises. Turns out those degrees don’t improve student learning—they just fatten universities’ bottom lines. Read Now

5. Thousands of Teachers March on Florida Capitol, Seek 10% Across-the-Board Pay Raises

Protesters in red T-shirts, some carrying signs that said “I shouldn’t have to marry a sugar daddy to teach,” marched from the campus of Florida State University to the state Capitol, blocking traffic in the heart of downtown. Read Now

4. Sex Ed in the #MeToo Era

Huddled around a table in their second-period health class, the seventh-graders debated the scenario in a lesson about consent. Read Now

3. Financial Filings Show the AFT Teachers Union Is Worth Around $580 Million

The American Federation of Teachers is only about half the size of the National Education Association, and its ranks are filled with many members who work outside the field of K-12 public education. Read Now

2. Trump Administration Moves to Strengthen Protections for Students Who Want to Pray or Worship in Public Schools

In the Oval Office on Thursday, President Trump gathered with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, televangelist Paula White and students who said they had faced religious discrimination in public schools. Read Now

1. California vs. Texas: How Political Divides Can Shape What Students Learn about the Nation’s History

The books have the same publisher. They credit the same authors. But they are customized for students in different states, and their contents sometimes diverge in ways that reflect the nation’s deepest partisan divides. Read Now

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