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February 1, 2018

Judge halts Arizona ban on Mexican American studies

A federal judge blocked Arizona from enforcing a controversial ban on Mexican American studies courses, arguing that the state law is unconstitutional.

Texas illegally denied special education services

The U.S. Department of Education announced on Jan. 11 that the Texas Education Agency ran afoul of federal law by failing to provide adequate special education services in the state’s public schools.

Connecticut court blocks education funding overhaul

The Connecticut Supreme Court in January overturned a lower court judge’s wide-ranging decision that the state had failed in its constitutional obligation to adequately fund public education.

Three-quarters of public school spending cuts restored

Three-quarters of the nationwide public school spending cuts prompted by the 2008 recession have been restored, according to new federal data.

Baltimore schools left out in the cold

Baltimore schools have been forced to return millions of dollars in maintenance funds to the state in recent years, leaving repairs to their heating systems unfinished while students shivered at their desks or missed classes during the January cold snap.

January 4, 2018

Trump names top K–12 education official

President Donald Trump has appointed Frank Brogan as assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education, the top Education Department position overseeing K–12 policy.

Study: Community schools can improve academics

A new report, released on Dec. 14 by the Learning Policy Institute, found that academic outcomes for high-poverty schools can be improved if they become community schools.

Regulators repeal internet protections

The Federal Communications Commission on Dec. 14 repealed “net neutrality” protections that ensured internet service providers would enable equal access to content and applications regardless of the source and without favoring or blocking products or websites.

Tax plan could cut funding for NYC public schools

House and Senate Republicans moved in mid-December toward a final vote on a $1.5 trillion tax plan that could cost the nation’s public schools dearly. In the next decade, the sweeping changes to the tax code could put $370 billion worth of state and local revenue and 370,000 education jobs at risk, according to a state-by-state analysis by the National Education Association.

Trump administration sides with union foes

The Trump administration sought to undermine public-sector labor unions with a brief submitted on Dec. 6 in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

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