News briefs

July 6, 2017

Obama-era protection for union organizing revoked

The Labor Department will reverse an Obama-era rule requiring companies to disclose their initial contacts with outside consultants advising them about how to combat union-organizing efforts.

U.S. appeals court affirms transgender student’s rights

The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Kenosha Unified School District in Wisconsin violated the rights of a transgender student, Ashton Whitaker, when it refused to let him use the boys’ bathroom.

Florida boosts charters at public schools’ expense

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law on June 15 a sweeping and controversial education bill that diverts public money to privately run charter schools.

Kansas repeals tax cuts to fund schools

Kansas lawmakers restored funding to the state’s cash-strapped public schools on June 6, overriding Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto to pass a bill repealing much of the governor’s signature tax cuts.

Charter schools perform worse when run for profit

A new report has found that students in charter schools run by for-profit companies perform markedly worse than their peers in nonprofit charters.

June 1, 2017

Yale graduate student teachers on hunger strike

Graduate student teachers at Yale University have been on a hunger strike for three weeks. Their aim is to pressure Yale officials to recognize their union.

Bullying on decline, but still high for LGBTQ students

One-fifth of middle and high school students have reported being bullied at school, according to a new report by the National Center for Education Statistics and the Justice Department.

Charter advocates win control of LA school board

Charter school backers now claim a 4-3 majority on the Los Angeles school board, with sway over the nation’s second-largest school district.

Administration erodes school lunch rules

In one of his first regulatory acts as agriculture secretary, Trump appointee Sonny Perdue moved to scale back healthy school lunch standards promoted by former first lady Michelle Obama as part of her campaign to fight childhood obesity.

Trump education budget slashes public school funds

The Trump administration’s proposed education budget strips $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives and channels part of those savings into so-called “school choice” programs, including $400 million to expand charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools.

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