School Lunch Revolt, Race-Based K-12 Benchmarks, and More: Friday's Ed News Roundup

School Lunch Revolt, Race-Based K-12 Benchmarks, and More: Friday's Ed News Roundup
July 8, 2013

Joy Pullmann

Joy Pullmann ( is a research fellow of The Heartland Institute and managing... (read full bio)

Friday's ed news

Alabama sets race-based K-12 benchmarks

Indiana schools struggle to meet new federal school lunch rules as students revolt. 

A California lawsuit could spell the end of union collective-bargaining fees.

First in, last out policies lose Lansing, Michigan students an award-winning teacher

Jay Greene reviews the research showing that religious schools promote tolerance better than public schools. 

Pennsylvanians protest Common Core

California has delayed a vote on adopting new national science standards to this fall. 

School districts must offer foreign-language immersion programs if 25 parents petition for one, a new Louisiana law says

Giving kids college classes in high school improves their reading and graduation rates, a study finds


Thursday's ed news

Maine's governor vetoes several bills that would weaken charter schools

Private school enrollment in Florida ticks up for a second year. 

Wisconsin parents prepare to sue their school district to get access to meetings where officials decide curriculum

Connecticut seeks a one-year delay on Common Core tests and teacher evaluations. 

Studies of children with ADHD find little academic benefit to them taking medication

"The Great Gatsby" became "The Great Gypsy" on a New York school district's booklist riddled with more than 30 errors

Three Michigan teachers contesting their union see a court setback

Government researchers provide new evidence that government subsidies for college loans hurt borrowers. 


Wednesday's ed news

National Common Core tests will cost Georgians twice as much as their current state tests. More

In New York, Common Core means stripping high-quality literature from schools. 

Illinois's governor has signed a bill requiring schools to hold live shooter drills. Schools that choose to arm employees face insurance spikes. 

A New York group is filing a civil liberties complaint that the poorest children get the worst teachers. 

A Rhode Island Democrat says vouchers have "no R or D label."

U.S. Senate Democrats block a bill that would artificially lower student loan rates. Policy like this increases college prices.

We don't really know how to prepare good teachers, says Jay Greene


Tuesday's ed news

Florida's tax-credit scholarships are on track for record growth this year

Common Core has so far led to states reducing education standards, a Harvard study finds. 

Tennessee implements a new teacher pay plan

Wyoming will wait a year to seek a No Child Left Behind waiver. 

The Obama administration releases school safety guidelines

Should families or government have primary control over what and how children learn?

Lefties tell teachers to use Common Core's nonfiction reading requirements to push politics on kids


Monday's ed news

Pearson's vice president says new tests are moving away from objective, right-or-wrong answers

Students flock to Louisiana's "course choice" mini-vouchers.

The North Carolina legislature considers freeing charter schools from teacher prep regulations.  

Jewish schools nationwide benefit from school choice programs. 

Teachers unions in Washington file suit against the state's brand-new charter school law. 

The California Assembly approves a bill to let transgender K-12 students pick their bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports teams. 

The nation's largest teachers union has approved a dues increase for essentially a slush fund. 

New federal school lunch rules mean more costs for schools and more caffeine for high schoolers. 


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Joy Pullmann

Joy Pullmann ( is a research fellow of The Heartland Institute and managing... (read full bio)