Charter Schools and Special Ed, Ohio Vouchers, and More: Friday's Ed News Roundup
Friday's ed news
NEW YORK: A study finds charter schools have fewer disabled students because fewer apply and because charters are less likely to label kids disabled.
OHIO: The reach of a state vouchers program has doubled in the last six months.
FLORIDA: Common Core supporters turn to talk radio ads.
MARYLAND: Facebook allows school bureaucrats to decide what speech is acceptable online in the name of preventing bullying.
STEM: Why the push for more science programs and graduates is overrated.
PENNSYLVANIA: An overheard cell phone conversation wrongly shuts down two school districts.
Thursday's ed news
LOUISIANA: A new study shows the state's voucher program reduces desegregation, counter to the Obama administration's claims and lawsuit.
CALIFORNIA: Schools balk at new rules requiring them to give the state individual student data and collect the Social Security numbers of their parents.
CALIFORNIA: Gov. Jerry Brown thumbs his nose at the feds and signs a bill suspending state tests for a year.
TENNESSEE: ObamaCare means less work for substitute teachers.
UNIONS: The Supreme Court will hear a case on whether families should be forced to unionize for taking state money to care for their disabled kids.
EMPATHY: History and literature naturally impart empathy better than touchy-feely programs.
WASHINGTON DC: The district sues a charter school, alleging its leaders diverted funds into their pockets.
GEORGIA: Lawmakers ask teachers how to sell the public on a tax hike for schools.
SPORTS: Actually, research shows they're good for academics.
NEVADA: A poll shows Nevadans are unhappy with their K-12 education system.
Wednesday's ed news
ARIZONA: An appeals court upholds the state's education savings accounts 3-0.
INDIANA: Lawmakers tasked with making a recommendation on Common Core can't come to an agreement.
SQUISHY CLASSROOMS: Why traditional teaching is more effective.
PHILADELPHIA: The school district is in trouble because of gross financial mismanagement.
ALABAMA: A state school board member fights to discover what data the state collects about kids.
CURRICULUM: Why politics shouldn't control what kids learn--say, by reviewing textbooks.
PENNSYLVANIA: A bill requiring schools to offer online courses passes the House education committee.
UTAH: Parents who review state tests should be allowed to talk about it, says a lawmaker.
Tuesday's ed news
LOUISIANA: Inside the nation's biggest school choice city.
USDOE: The federal government's shutdown will mostly impact federal bureaucrats, not schools.
LOUISIANA: The state decides it doesn't want federal dollars for preschool.
TEXAS: The state gets a No Child Left Behind waiver.
NEW JERSEY: Lawmakers have introduced legislation to pause and rethink Common Core.
CONNECTICUT: A state university applies for permission to watch its campus using drones.
CALIFORNIA: Inside Los Angeles' $1 billion iPad 'disaster.'
WEST VIRGINIA: Time for the feds to butt out of school lunches, says the Charleston Daily Mail.
Monday's ed news
INDIANA: Twenty thousand children apply for school vouchers this year, a four-fold increase from two years ago.
LOUISIANA: The Obama administration tries to do damage control on its lawsuit against vouchers that help poor, black kids.
INDIA: Illiterate parents can and do make good choices about education for their kids.
MINNESOTA: How the state is rapidly destroying its education system.
WISCONSIN: The anti-voucher state superintendent says voucher schools must use Common Core tests and student data tracking.
COLORADO: A school board election in trailblazing Douglas County is shaping up as a major referendum on school choice.
LOUISIANA: Democrats come out swinging against Common Core.
PENNSYLVANIA: Superintendents ask the state to delay releasing test results, citing concerns over data quality.
CURSIVE: How handwriting helped this woman’s autistic son.
CALIFORNIA: More problems with the $1 billion iPad experiment in Los Angeles schools: Students figured how to hack the tablets within three days.
SCHOOL REFORM: Why changing the laws is only a first step.
PENNSLVANIA: Activists gear up to push for more state K-12 spending.
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