Weekly News Round-Up for June 14th
posted by: Melissa | June 14, 2019, 03:30 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, census troubles, education bills, and more!

Census Doubts Lead to Educator Worry: The U.S. is inching closer to the 2020 census and some are already concerned about the effect that it could have on schools. Taken every ten years, the goal of the census is to count every person living in the country. That information is then used to distribute funding and services. Areas with high poverty or a high immigrant populations are notoriously difficult to count accurately. Additionally, a new question on citizenship has some worried that families of undocumented immigrants may avoid being counted, leading to an undercount. Combined, this would cause the schools that serve the most vulnerable populations to be underfunded. To help avoid this, many non-profits are already working with local populations and schools to mitigate the effects of a census undercount.

Texas Governor Signs Major Education Funding Bill: Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a major education bill on Tuesday. The bill dramatically increases school funding, beefs up retirement plans for educators, and expands special needs programs. Much of the bill’s new funding is going to increase teacher pay in the state, while also allowing individual schools some flexibility in how they spend the new funding. At the same time as the bill provides more money to schools, it also decreases the property taxes that generally provide for school funding. State legislators are hoping that the new bill will help mitigate teacher attrition and improve education in the state overall.

WV Holds Special Session on Education: The West Virginia legislature has been holding a special session to work on education issues in the state. During the session, the legislature has refined and passed an education bill that would legalize charter schools and make it harder to close schools during a strike while also increasing teacher pay. Another bill being worked on would create school vouchers in the state. Unsurprisingly, both the Democrats and union officials in the state are critical.

Happening Elsewhere:

Benton Harbor running out of time as officials race to keep district's only school open

Democrats Are Fighting Over Charter Schools. Will Key Early Primary States Care?

Research shows lower test scores for fourth graders who use tablets in schools

Monticello High School teacher wins Theatre Education Award at Tony Awards

Best high schools in America's metro areas, from U.S. News and World Report rankings

Sen. Pat Toomey introduces legislation to put whole milk back in school lunches

Why do 3 million students struggle to keep up with homework? They don't have internet

Michigan's declining teacher salaries leave many educators feeling undervalued

Illinois to expand school bus services

Teachers Strike Over Health Care, NJ School District Forced to Close for Day

High Hopes are Giving Way to Tension Within Tennessee’s Turnaround District

Nessel splits with Whitmer, pushes for constitutional right to adequate education

‘Lost opportunity’: Most 4-year-olds are left out of Indiana’s preschool expansion

KNEA urges boards of education to increase teacher's salaries

Gov. Sisolak signs 5 education funding, school safety bills

Michigan Board of Education Approves New Social Studies Standards

Lawsuit alleges Massachusetts education system violates rights

Ky. Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Bevin’s Education Board Overhauls

California moves toward new limits on charter schools

Florida, school districts still battling over 2017 charter school law

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