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News briefs | July 7, 2016 >>
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled on May 27 that the state Legislature had failed to equitably fund public schools, giving the state until June 30 to fix its financing system or face a court-ordered shutdown of schools.
News briefs | July 7, 2016 >>
The largest labor federation in the United States on June 16 endorsed Hillary Clinton for president of the United States, vowing to throw the full weight of more than 50 unions representing about 12.5 million workers behind her candidacy.
News briefs | July 7, 2016 >>

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed a $617 million bailout and restructuring of the debt-ridden Detroit Public Schools district.

News briefs | July 7, 2016 >>
The I Can charter school network and teachers at three of its just-unionized schools reached agreement on June 6 on their first contract.
News briefs | July 7, 2016 >>

Education reformers spent big ahead of California’s June primary, and preliminary results show the millions paid off with all the candidates they supported advancing to November’s general election.

News briefs | June 2, 2016 >>

A federal court ordered the Cleveland School District in Mississippi to consolidate its majority black secondary schools with historically white schools, ending a five-decade legal battle.

News briefs | June 2, 2016 >>

Eleven states have sued the Obama administration over its directive to let transgender students use public school bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

News briefs | June 2, 2016 >>

An analysis of state test data by the Hechinger Report and the Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky, showed that the achievement gap between white and black children in reading and math has widened since Kentucky adopted the Common Core Learning Standards in 2010.

News briefs | June 2, 2016 >>

The Obama administration has introduced a new rule that will provide overtime pay to millions of currently ineligible workers as of Dec. 1.

News briefs | June 2, 2016 >>

A former official of the Detroit Public Schools has been charged with pocketing nearly $1.3 million, money that was supposedly spent on tutoring services.

News briefs | May 5, 2016 >>

An arbitrator has ordered the Los Angeles Unified School District to pay $7.1 million to a San Fernando Valley charter school for failing to provide the school with rent-free classroom space, as required by state law. 

News briefs | May 5, 2016 >>

Six years after former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor Michelle Rhee launched StudentsFirst to great fanfare on the Oprah Winfrey show, the controversial nonprofit is merging with 50Can, another education advocacy group with similar goals. StudentsFirst promoted charter schools and the use of student test scores to evaluate teachers, among other education policy stances. 

News briefs | May 5, 2016 >>

The New York City Employees Retirement System has divested its $1.5 billion portfolio of hedge funds, citing poor performance and high fees. “We have not seen the results that we had expected,” said trustee Henry Garrido, the executive director of District Council 37 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. 

News briefs | May 5, 2016 >>

Wisconsin’s right-to-work law championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker was struck down by a state court on April 8. Circuit Court Judge C. William Foust called the 2015 law a violation of the state constitution, which prohibits the taking of private property without compensation.

News briefs | May 5, 2016 >>

Thousands of Chicago teachers participated in a one-day strike on April 1 to draw attention to the ongoing contract battle between the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Public Schools over pay, pension and staffing levels in the school district. 

News briefs | April 7, 2016 >>

Teach for America, the controversial nonprofit that places recent college graduates in low-income school districts across the country, will eliminate its diversity office this fall as part of a larger reorganization that includes layoffs.

News briefs | April 7, 2016 >>

More than 1,000 Boston public school students staged a walkout on March 7 to protest the city’s plan to cut up to $12 million from the Boston Public Schools budget.

News briefs | April 7, 2016 >>

The AFL-CIO has launched a massive campaign to inform voters of the perils of a Trump presidency for working people and unions.

News briefs | April 7, 2016 >>

Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s selection to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court, has rarely ruled against the National Labor Relations Board in his nearly two decades on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit.

News briefs | April 7, 2016 >>

A new national study finds that black students and students with disabilities at charter schools were suspended at higher rates than their peers attending traditional public schools.

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