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Weekly News Round-Up for May 30th
posted by: Melissa | May 31, 2019, 03:46 PM   

Each week, AAE 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, end of year strikes drag on, Biden has an ed plan, transgender bathrooms decided, and more!

Biden Latest Candidate to Roll Out Education Plan: On Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden unveiled his education proposal for the 2020 presidential election. The plan triples funding to low-income schools under Title I and calls for teachers in those schools to be paid competitively. It also increases teacher pay when they take on additional duties and provides funding for teachers to get credentials in high-demand areas, such as special education. Additionally, it proposes a fix to the beleaguered Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and calls for more mental health services for students. The proposal was unveiled at a teacher union town hall as Democratic candidates vie to win endorsements from the major teachers’ unions.

Supreme Court Rejects Transgender Student Bathroom Case: The Supreme Court is passing over a case disputing a school district’s transgender student policies. The Pennsylvania school district’s policy allows transgender students to use the bathrooms of the gender they identify as instead of the gender that they were born with. The district allows all students desiring privacy access to private bathrooms and locker rooms. By refusing to hear the case, the Supreme Court is allowing the policy to stand as is angering conservatives but encouraging supporters of transgender rights.

No End in Sight for New Haven Strike: The strike in the New Haven Union School District has now lasted two weeks, making it one of the longest strikes in recent memory. The union has slightly decreased their demand, but say that they are still far away from reaching a deal with the district. Pay remains the central issue of the strike, even though the district’s teachers are the highest paid in the region. Now, the state superintendent is planning to get involved to help bring the strike to a swift close.

Happening Elsewhere:

NYS Department of Education wants facial recognition tech at Lockport CSD delayed

Texas lawmakers approve $1.1 billion from state savings to fix teacher pension fund

Charter schools accused of stealing $50M from California

Teachers' union and Harrisburg School District avoid one-day strike

A New York teacher made black students act as slaves in mock auctions

K-12 education in the New South

School Spending On the Rise, Census Shows

Can you skip 47 days of English class and still graduate from high school?

A four-day school week? Teachers and kids give it an 'A'

'Significant' teacher application backlog cleared, Florida's education boss declares

AL Lawmakers approve teacher pay raise, education budget

West Virginia education reform heading to Senate, House waiting

Oklahoma to add Sikhism to updated education standards

Indiana Teacher-pay group appointed by governor meeting behind closed doors

Kentucky Department of education looks for feedback on standardized tests

As Louisiana legislative session nears end teacher pay raises unresolved, 'Will teachers even come back to school?'

Perks, advanced degrees equal highest average teacher salary

Douglas County commissioners vote to allocate $13 million toward school security, mental health

The school district that hired Art Briles says it vetted him ‘to the best of our ability’

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