Cheating Choice Schools, Declining Fertility, and More: Friday's Ed News Roundup

Cheating Choice Schools, Declining Fertility, and More: Friday's Ed News Roundup
September 6, 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

WISCONSIN: The Milwaukee school district is violating a law requiring them to sell choice and charter schools unused buildings, says a law firm.

MICHIGAN: A Michigan State professor has been suspended with pay for threatening students who disagree with him politically.

BIRTH RATES: Declining fertility may be the biggest coming crisis in education funding.

CALIFORNIA: Lawmakers have introduced a bill to make it more difficult to create charter schools.

ILLINOIS: A lawmaker has introduced a bill to suspend Common Core while the state conducts a financial analysis.

MATH: Now nearly three of four students takes Algebra II, but the label now applies to easier math. 

NEVADA: The nation's fifth-largest school district seeks to use air-conditioning breakdowns to get voters to increase property taxes permanently, despite recent upgrades and high infrastructure spending.

COMMON CORE: Four questions no one's asking.


Thursday's ed news

MAINE: The governor signs an executive order contramanding several objectional parts of Common Core

PENSIONS: Why most public pensions hurt teachers, and how to fix it.

ALABAMA: More kids got school choice from No Child Left Behind than a new state law.

CALIFORNIA: The state accelerates plans for computerized testing.

LOUISIANA: More than 9 in 10 teachers are rated effective or highly effective under new evaluations.

MOTIVATION: Should parents and schools pay kids for good grades?

PARENTS: A new federal survey reveals how engaged parents are in their kids' schools. Most are. 

EMPOWERMENT: In which states do parents have the best ability to access quality education options? The updated Parent Power Index is out.

WISCONSIN: The state finally estimates what taxpayers will pay for Common Core: $250 million or more. 

SLEEP: The U.S. secretary of education supports later school start times for teens.

FLORIDA: The state department of education is tweeting a different Common Core standard each day to teach more about the standards.


Wednesday's ed news

ALABAMA: 719 students use a new school choice law to switch schools, but just 52 transfer to private schools.

LOUISIANA: What Bobby Jindal thinks about the Obama administration targeting vouchers for poor black kids. Even the Washington Post thinks Obama is "perverse."

WISCONSIN: Families get five days to decide if they will accept vouchers for this fall.

PENNSYLVANIA: State lawmakers must fix Philadelphia's financial crisis, which is largely due to public pensions. School will likely start Monday in the district, but teachers refuse wage concessions.

CALIFORNIA: A poll finds voters strongly support testing students, but not applying those results to teachers. 

CHINA: Homeschooling reaches the locked-down country.

MISSOURI: Why Saint Louis's schoolkids don't belong to everyone

HIGHER ED: Degree holders from top-tier universities don't necessarily earn more than those with less prestigious degrees, a study finds.



Tuesday's ed news

GERMANY: A posse of 20 social workers, police, and special agents storms a family’s home and removes their four children for the crime of homeschooling.

NCLB: U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan attaches more strings to federal No Child Left Behind waivers, including a requirement that states redistribute good teachers.

WISCONSIN: Kids flock to extra seats in a new voucher program. 

KENTUCKY: Hackers coordinate a cyberattack on student data systems through parent portals. Officials assure everyone there’s nothing to see here, although the motive for the attack is unknown.

HOMESCHOOL: The number of homeschoolers has increased, though not as fast in the past decade as the decade before, finds a new U.S. Department of Education report.

FLORIDA: Gov. Rick Scott meets behind closed doors to discusseducation reform with former Gov. Jeb Bush, angering parent activists.

CURSIVE: Why children need to learn it.

LOUISIANA: What Common Core looks like in one school, including watered-down math, discarding coin money, and de-emphasizing knowledge. 

PRESCHOOL: A study finds state rating systems for government preschool don’t actually indicate better preschools. 

INDIANA: The state establishes a panel to review school grades after a grade-fixing scandal. 


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Joy Pullmann

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