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Douglas County school voucher program now officially dead after case dismissed by Colorado Supreme Court, officials say 28.1.2018 Headlines: All Headlines
The controversial Douglas County School District school voucher program is now officially dead, say school officials, after a ruling last week by the Colorado Supreme Court
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Smart policies for redistribution 27.1.2018 Opinion – The Indian Express
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Department of Education Rules That Texas Violated Rights of Disabled Students 22.1.2018 Truthout.com
Though equal access and  civil rights  don't seem very popular with the Trump administration, the Department of Education recently ruled that Texas  denied disabled students their right to an education . The verdict was an important victory not just for students within the state, but also those living elsewhere. Civil rights laws are only truly effective if they're enforced, and states considering moves similar to those seen in Texas will be reconsidering in light of this decision. Here's what happened: Texas effectively instituted a  quota on disability education services   -- sometimes known as special education. The state decided that up to  8.5 percent of enrolled students  could receive services, even though the nationwide average suggests that 13 percent -- and sometimes more -- of school-age children have disabilities that might require accommodation and support. And this wasn't the only issue in Texas. In addition to failing to serve disabled students, school districts also failed to take steps ...
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Are D.C. public schools cooking the books? 22.1.2018 Washington Post
Are D.C. public schools cooking the books?
Four Unbelievable Realities for US Public Schools 20.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Every child in the US has the right to a quality education, and the American public school system has been responsible for ensuring that occurs -- regardless of a child's location or income level. But the public school system has been slowly starved of money, teachers and even infrastructure itself -- an escalating problem, as the GOP uses these challenges to justify taking even more money from "failing" schools. Now, the situation is dire as the gap between public and private schools grows even wider. Here are four things you may not believe are happening at schools these days. 1. There Is Still Tainted Water in Flint School Drinking Fountains The  Flint water crisis  continues, with lead and other contaminants making tap water undrinkable. That doesn't just affect the homes of the families in Flint, but it also impacts the water at the schools their children attend. Flint schoolchildren have not been able to use their own drinking fountains in years, and the situation doesn't appear to be changing any ...
Firing principals and flunking students won’t fix D.C.’s graduation problems 20.1.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
A disturbing number of students are graduating despite chronic absenteeism, but the solution requires thoughtful debate.
Couple invested $50 million in L.A.'s neediest kids and it made them richer 18.1.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Melanie Lundquist, a philanthropist from Palos Verdes Estates, stood in the hall near the principal’s office at Santee Education Complex near downtown Los Angeles.

Jaden Pitts, a 17-year-old senior from South L.A., happened to be walking by. He is a Lundquist fellow, which means he’s no slouch....

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Native American veterans will be honored with memorial on National Mall 15.1.2018 Washington Post
Native American veterans will be honored with memorial on National Mall
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Newsom settles in as center of his rivals' attention in first major debate of California governor's race 14.1.2018 LA Times: Commentary

A raucous, catcalling audience and volley of sharp political attacks enlivened the first major debate in California’s 2018 governor’s race Saturday, with front-runner Gavin Newsom taking the brunt of the blows from the candidates on stage.

Most of Newsom’s rivals tried at the event to chip away...

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Arrested Louisiana teacher says her First Amendment rights were violated - and governor calls episode 'very regrettable' 12.1.2018 Washington Post
Arrested Louisiana teacher says her First Amendment rights were violated - and governor calls episode 'very regrettable'
Students ‘horrified’ about coach with white nationalist ties, school says 11.1.2018 Washington Post
Students ‘horrified’ about coach with white nationalist ties, school says
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Why putting kids on a 'digital diet' may disadvantage them at school 6.1.2018 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: As an elementary school teacher in my 60s, l read Naomi Schaefer Riley’s article with great interest. (“Kids don’t need a cellphone; they need a digital diet,” Opinion, Jan. 2)

What many people who are not involved in public education may not realize is how technology-dependent it...

Public school choice is harder than it looks 6.1.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Far too little has been done to help families take advantage of their new options.
Ex-New Jersey Gov. Byrne, too ethical for mobsters, dies 5.1.2018 AP National
Former two-term Gov. Brendan Byrne, who mobsters said was too ethical to be bribed and who authorized the law permitting gambling in Atlantic City, has died at age 93....
Trump administration must battle public opinion, economics in attack on marijuana 5.1.2018 Denver Post: News: Local
Rolling back marijuana policy is likely to cause political headaches for the Trump administration given widespread public support, the economic clout of the marijuana industry and the supporters legal marijuana businesses have won over in Congress.
Libraries Under Capitalism: The Enclosure of the Literary Commons 3.1.2018 Truthout.com
Public libraries have functioned as a commons for public education, community dialogue and organizing. But over three decades of neoliberal policies have forced public libraries from a service model to a business and profit model that is destroying our public space. An understanding of US public libraries in the context of our economic history could help us protect these important literary commons. (Photo: HJL ; Edited: LW / TO) "One of the most subversive institutions in the United States is the public library." -- bell hooks Our public libraries, our literary commons, are gradually being enclosed -- sealed off to the public by a series of acts of our government -- local, state and federal -- as it bows to the dictates and priorities of corporations. The public library is one of the few settings where people can enter for free, access materials for free and stay without being expected to buy anything. The value of public libraries not only exists in the materials they lend and the non-commercial model ...
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How Parents and Teachers Prevented School Closings in the Wake of Hurricane Maria 1.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Officials in Puerto Rico stalled reopening schools after Hurricane Maria to drive down enrollment and continue public school shutdowns, say critics who allege the ultimate goal was to privatize the public education system. A campaign of popular resistance has so far been able to deter possible school closures. Joan Rodriguez teaches English class to her 6th grade students at the Sotero Figueroa Elementary School in San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 6, 2017. The school reopened its doors without electricity to receive students 46 days after Hurricane Maria hit the island. (Photo: RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images) Ready to make a difference? Help Truthout provide a platform for exposing injustice and inspiring action. Click here to make a one-time or monthly donation. When Nilda Sánchez and her children ventured outside after Hurricane Maria waged a direct hit on Puerto Rico, aluminum road signs were crumpled by the highway near their house and trees crisscrossed each other like slain animals in the street. ...
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Spread of fake news prompts literacy efforts in schools 31.12.2017 AP Top News
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction....
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Alarmed by fake news, states push media literacy in schools 30.12.2017 AP National
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction....
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Gov.-elect Northam’s first priority should be teachers 30.12.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Investing in education will yield rewards.
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