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U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has withdrawn a series of Obama-era policies designed to strengthen protections for student loan borrowers.

April 6, 2017

Kansas Supreme Court rules school funds inadequate

The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that the state, yet again, is not providing adequate funding for public schools. The court ordered lawmakers to devise a plan that would meet constitutional standards by the end of June.

Kentucky GOP OKs charters at public schools’ expense

Kentucky’s governor, Matt Bevin, has signed a law authorizing the creation of unregulated charter schools that will receive public funding at the expense of public schools. The fact that the state would draw on public school funds to pay for the new charters came as a surprise to Democratic lawmakers when the state’s Legislature passed the bill earlier in March.

Supreme Court deals setback to transgender students’ rights

The U.S. Supreme Court has directed a lower court to reconsider its ruling allowing a transgender boy access to the boys’ bathroom at his high school, citing the Trump administration’s recent revocation of federal guidance on the matter. 

Court: Schools must do more for students with disabilities

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on March 22 that public schools must do more to accommodate students with disabilities in one of the most significant special education cases­ to reach the high court in decades.

Republicans roll back ESSA requirements

Congressional Republicans voted in early March to repeal crucial regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act in favor of leaving education policy largely in the hands of state governments.

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