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November 2, 2017

Seventeen states sue Betsy DeVos

Attorneys general in 17 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit in October against U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over her department’s decision to block Obama-era protections for students attending for-profit colleges.

Congress lets children’s health program expire

Congress missed a Sept. 30 deadline to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program, allowing the program to expire.

Kansas school funding again found unconstitutional

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in October that the state’s new school finance system is unconstitutional, sending the issue back to the state Legislature ahead of an election-year legislative session.

Puerto Ricans find welcome in mainland schools

Public schools in Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania and New York are preparing to take in thousands of students fleeing Puerto Rico following the devastation from Hurricane Maria.

Gates Foundation will shift to fund public schools

Bill Gates’ philanthropic organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is making an about-face on its education priorities to focus on networks of traditional public schools aimed at improving student achievement.

October 5, 2017

Public support for unions reaches a decade high

Public support for labor unions has reached its highest level in a decade, with 61 percent of U.S. adults expressing approval for unions, according to a Gallup Poll released on Labor Day.

Parents overwhelmingly approve of public schools

Public school parents overwhelmingly approve of the education their children receive, with 75 percent deeming that education either good or excellent, according to a nationwide poll conducted by Hart Research Associates for the American Federation of Teachers.

DeVos rescinds Obama’s campus sexual assault regs

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded the Obama administration’s 2011 directive that required colleges to aggressively investigate all sexual assault cases or risk losing federal funding.

Pro-charter group slapped with historic fine

A New York-based pro-charter group was hit with a massive financial penalty for illegally hiding its donors’ identities.

Lawsuit against teacher tenure defeated in Minnesota

A lawsuit challenging teacher tenure law in Minnesota was defeated on Sept. 5 as a state court of appeals panel upheld a lower court’s dismissal of the case.

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