News briefs

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.

May 4, 2017

Wisconsin prohibits project labor agreements

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill blocking local governments in the state from making project labor agreements, which require contractors working on public projects to use union labor.

New Mexico bans shaming students for lunch debt

A new law in New Mexico prohibits schools from publicly identifying or stigmatizing students whose parents don’t pay their cafeteria bills.

Arizona expands voucher program to all students

Arizona has enacted a law allowing all public school students in the state to receive public funding to attend private and parochial schools.

New Mexico governor vetoes higher education funds

New Mexico’s governor, Susana Martinez, has vetoed all funding for public higher education in the state budget for the coming fiscal year.

Betsy DeVos revokes Obama’s student loan protections

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has withdrawn a series of Obama-era policies designed to strengthen protections for student loan borrowers.

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