Weekly News Round-Up for May 18th
posted by: Melissa | May 18, 2018, 05:18 PM   

Each week, ASTA brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, we’re following the tragic news coming out of Texas, along with other news.

BREAKING: Fatalities in School Shooting in TX: As we write this, news of a school shooting in Texas is breaking. We don’t know much, but there have been fatalities and the suspect is in custody. It is the 22nd school shooting this calendar year. More heart wrenching is the fact that this could have been the second mass school shooting this week, had an earlier attempt in Illinois not been thwarted.

North Carolina Teachers Protest at Capitol: North Carolina became the latest state to see major protests over school funding, closing over three dozen school districts. While teacher pay was high on the list of concerns by the protestors, they also cited general school funding as the a concerning issue. Per-pupil spending in North Carolina has fallen eight percent over the past decade. North Carolina does not allow strikes, so educators across the state used their personal leave days to rally at the capitol. Educators in the state see the rally as a beginning of a movement not a culmination and intend to help elect education-friendly legislators in the fall election cycle. The protest over funding came the same week that news broke on exactly how much teachers’ pay out of pocket for supplies each year.

Illinois Takes Over Chicago’s Special Education Programs: Illinois’ state’s board of education voted this week to take over handling of Chicago’s special education programs. The state will appoint a monitor who will oversee decisions on budget and policy decisions related to special education. The monitor will stay in place for three years. The decision was made at the conclusion of an investigation into CPS, the nation’s third largest district, which found the district had violated federal special education laws. According to the investigation’s findings, systemic problems led to services being “delayed and denied” to students.

Happening Elsewhere:

A student and an adult were killed in New Jersey school bus crash, officials say

13-year-old girl killed in head-on crash involving school bus in GA

AP Analysis Shows How Bill Gates Influences Education Policy

Teachers’ unions may not raise pay — but they do bolster the Democratic Party

As '13 Reasons Why' Returns, Schools Try To Help Students Who Are Thinking Of Suicide

New mural celebrates Brown v. Board of Education

New Jersey Law Codifies School Segregation, Suit Says

Are Charter Schools Legal in Washington State? As Sector Continues to Grow, Court Will Take Up the Question — Again

Billionaires vs teachers union: Charter school fight amps up race for California governor

Illinois Senate approves required $40k minimum teacher salary

Betsy DeVos Sparks Ire For Skipping Public Schools During New York Visit

Police review school search amid angry cries from students

Student hackers change grades, lunch balances in Bloomfield Hills

This High School Prank Is So Elaborate Even the Cops Are Massive Fans

Montana high school cracks down on student who kept wearing Confederate flag sweatshirt

Man, 25, poses as high school student to play basketball

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