Chicago to Close 54 Schools, Texas Choice Slims, and More: Friday's Education News Roundup

Chicago to Close 54 Schools, Texas Choice Slims, and More: Friday's Education News Roundup
March 21, 2013

Joy Pullmann

Joy Pullmann is a research fellow on education policy for The Heartland Institute and managing... (read full bio)

Friday's ed news

1. An emotional Texas House Education chairman modifies his charter school expansion to proceed gradually.

2. As it faces a massive deficit, Chicago decides to close 54 half-empty schools. The Chicago teachers union promises mass demonstrations. Collin Hitt says Chicago should close all the middle schools.

3. Why education schools are the slums of American universities.

4. Kansas legislators get cold feet on collective bargaining reform.

5. What homeschoolers and in-schoolers can learn from each other.

6. Why students must be responsible for their own learning and Bill Gates cannot be the Grand Mufti of education.

7. Wisconsin unions take to annoying schools into collective contracts.

8. Mississippi's governor wants teachers to at least score at the national median on the ACT or teacher certification tests.

9. The Arkansas Senate passed a bill that would let concealed-carry permit holders to bring their guns, with permission, into a church that has a school.

10. New Hampshire's House puts a hold on all new charter schools to gain a political bargaining chip.


Thursday's ed news

1. The Idaho House passed a tax-credit scholarship bill.

2. A Georgia committee votes to increase the state's tax-credit scholarship limit.

3. A majority of North Dakotans believe their public schools are of good quality. Even so, 58 percent also support vouchers.

4. Fifty-one percent of Wisconsin voters support expanding vouchers.

5. California's new school reading lists contain LGBT- and illegal immigration-friendly books.

6. Despite proponents' claims to the contrary, Common Core does tell teachers what to teach and how, says James Shuls. Experts and parents in Michigan ask the legislature to reject Common Core

7. Because of school choice, a former crack baby with special needs is now thriving in his new school.

8. Tennessee's governor and legislators jockey to decide what school choice bill they will support.

9. New Orleans students attending failing schools have few options because better schools are full.

10. Florida's board of education wants $440 million more for Common Core testing, and say that's not even enough.


Wednesday's ed news

1. Louisiana's Supreme Court hears arguments on the state's new voucher program.

2. A lawsuit charges the U.S. Department of Education with rewriting federal privacy law to the detriment of families and children.

3. Georgia's Parent Trigger legislation would apply to all, not just failing, schools.

4. North Carolina lawmakers propose a set of school reforms including changes to state grades of public schools, limiting teacher tenure, and flexibility for school districts.

5. There's a link between school violence and psychotic drugs like Ritalin.

6. A Florida school district illustrates how school boards may change in the next 20 years.

7. The nation's largest teachers union lost 70,000 members this school year.

8. How to revitalize school systems by closing bad charter schools and expanding good ones. A Tennesee Democrat considers a bill to allow for-profit charter schools.

9. A national gathering of school administrators reveals their deep concerns about Common Core.

10. A new book says colleges are liberal because their liberal reputation discourages conservatives from pursuing academia.


Tuesday's ed news

An Idaho committee passes a tax-credit scholarship bill.

A tax-funded Wisconsin program tells teachers they're racists, and that children of color don't achieve because of racism. The state department of education removes program materials from its website in response to the story.

Why Texas is timid about school choice.

Meet the African-American and working-class families who want school choice

Pennsylvania grapples with paying for escalating special education costs.

The Arizona Senate passes a bill to let school staff carry guns in schools 20 miles or 30 minutes away from police.

Parent engagement classes improve student achievement and family self-determination for largely poor Americans.

The Idaho House unanimously passes a bill to require public teacher contract talks.

Claims that Michigan school funding has declined are false.

Former Gov. Mitch Daniels freezes administrative pay at Purdue University.


Monday's ed news

1. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will call a special session of the state legislature if the state Supreme Court overrules his teacher quality and school choice laws.

2. A North Carolina Democrat proposes vouchers for disabled kids.

3. California's superintendent wants to temporarily stop testing students to save money for Common Core tests.

4. Will school choice in Arkansas mean segregation returns?

5. Alabama's department of education investigates claims teachers improperly changed student grades.

6. School staff in Arizona could carry guns if a bill the state senate passed becomes law.

7. Charter schools mean fewer private school students, the Census Bureau says. 

8. Kids need Minnesota teachers to continue taking basic skills tests, a teacher writes. 

9. A South Carolina proposal would allow students to attend any public school in the state. 

10. Who supports school choice in Montana? Parents, lawmakers, and businessmen


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Joy Pullmann

Joy Pullmann is a research fellow on education policy for The Heartland Institute and managing... (read full bio)