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[Weekly EdNews Round Up] First Charter School Strike Underway

[Weekly EdNews Round Up] First Charter School Strike Underway

No one knows better than educators about the importance of staying up-to-date. In Edmentum’s Weekly News Round Up, you’ll find the latest and most interesting education news, all in one place.

In the country’s first-ever charter teacher’s strike, hundreds of educators in Chigago’s Acero chater school network have walked out of their classrooms and onto the picket lines. Meanwhile, the country mourns the loss of “education president” George H. W. Bush, who died last week at the age of 94, and a new study has found that later school start times could be the key to improved school behavior. Read all about these stories and more in this week’s EdNews Round Up.

The Nation's First Charter School Strike Has Begun in Chicago
Hundreds of educators in 15 charter schools in Chicago have walked off the job to strike for pay raises and smaller class sizes

George H.W. Bush, the 'Education President,' Dies at 94
George H.W. Bush, who styled himself as the “education president” and spearheaded a historic 1989 summit meeting with governors that helped propel the standards-based education improvement movement, has died at age 94.

Later School Start Times Linked to Improvements in Behavior
Education Dive
A recent study finds that allowing teens to sleep in a little longer has positive effects on behavior and academic achievement for poor and minority students.

Teachers Turn Lessons Into Instagram-Worthy Photos
Teachers have formed something of a community on Instagram. Using hashtags like #teachersofinstagram, they post photos of meticulously crafted classroom decorations, lessons and even daily outfits.

Shortage of Special Educators Adds to Classroom Pressures
Educating children with disabilities is among the most challenging pieces of the public school system’s mission—and regulations, funding, and legalities are just the start.

The Controversy Over Parents Who Eat Lunch With Their Children at School
The Atlantic
Schools claim it’s disruptive for parents to eat in the cafeteria. But parents crave the quality time, and some say it’s a good thing for them to be involved with their kids’ place of learning.


Education policy is often a topic of conversation in state and federal legislatures. Stay in-the-know with this week’s top stories regarding education reform.

Trump Push to Steer Immigrants Away From Federal Benefits Worries Schools
School district leaders are sounding the alarm that a Trump administration proposal about the impact of immigrants' use of federal benefit programs on their attempts to become permanent residents would place an unfair and significant burden on public education.

White House Outlines Five-Year STEM Push
U.S. News
The administration is issuing what it describes as an 'urgent call to action' to bolster skills that will be necessary in the years ahead.

Democrats push to expand school lunch to weekends, holidays
Washington Examiner
House Democrats proposed the Weekends Without Hunger Act to expand the school lunch program. The bill would set up a five-year pilot program to provide commodities to schools, food banks and other eligible groups to help keep kids fed over the summer, weekends and school holidays.

Despite Concerns, Education Board OKs New Ky. Graduation Requirements
The Kentucky Board of Education has approved new high school graduation requirements, mandating students demonstrate competency in basic math and reading, and complete benchmarks intended to show they are ready for work or college before they can graduate.

Indiana seeks $10 million federal grant to find gaps in early childhood education
Chalkbeat – Indiana
Even though Indiana has been increasingly investing in early childhood education, the state still faces big challenges in how it serves its littlest students — and leaders are hoping a federal grant will help change that.

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Ed has $14M Surplus
Diverse Education
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has $14 million it does not know what to do with, as a result of interest rates from a $191 million investment fund that took place in the 1990s.

Florida State Education Commissioner Pam Stewart Resigns
Pam Stewart, Florida's education commissioner who stuck by the state's rigorous and controversial accountability system amid dramatic federal changes, has announced that she will resign in early January.

Soon-to-be Arizona Schools Chief Kathy Hoffman Names 4 with Tucson Ties to Transition Team
State school Superintendent-elect Kathy Hoffman has announced her 14-person transition team, and four of them have Tucson ties.