The Best of June: Our 9 Most Popular Articles (and Videos) of the Month

We’ve rounded up our 9 most popular and buzzed-about stories (and videos) of the month. Get these monthly 74 highlights, as well as our weekly picks for the day’s top education articles at other outlets, delivered right to your inbox — sign up for The 74 Newsletter.
1. Exclusive interactive ESSA map
The 74’s interactive 50-state map ties together the latest local headlines about the Every Student Succeeds Act with the current progress of each state in implementing the new federal K-12 education law. (Read the full story)
2. Liberating Black Children From Failing Schools — By Any Means Necessaryby Derrell Bradford, Chris Stewart & Dr. Howard Fuller
“Our belief is that low-income and working-class families need, as one of the few levers of power at their disposal, the power to choose the right school for their children — and that those choices should include traditional public, public charter, and private schools. Our belief is grounded not just in our understanding that no one type of school is the right fit for every type of child, but in the frank, stark, brutal reality and history that colors the pursuit of education by Black people in this country.” (Read the full story)
3. Reinventing the original personalized learning model for the 21st century, by Kate Stringer
In 1907, Maria Montessori created a school model based on the idea that students should direct their own learning. It was personalized learning before it even had a name. Fast-forward more than century, and a former Google executive searching for a school for his son recognizes the personalization of Montessori’s work and creates his own decentralized network of Montessori micro-schools called Wildflower. (Read the full story)
4. Union Report: Thousands of union members could be lost due to Janus ruling, by Mike Antonucci
A new case challenging agency fees that unions charge non-members for the cost of collective bargaining and other operations is certain to be accepted by the Supreme Court next session, with dire consequences for union budgets if the justices rule in favor of the plaintiff. (Read the full story)
5. 100,000 charter school kids are months ahead of their peers, by Alex Hernandez
A new study from Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes — CREDO — found that the 107,000 students whose schools receive support from the Charter School Growth Fund gain, on average, the equivalent of four additional months of learning in math and three additional months of learning in reading each year when compared with peers in other public schools. (Read the full story)
6. When Communities Secede From School Districts, Inequity & Segregation Follow, by Mark Keierleber
Since Brown v. Board of Education, school districts have been barred from perpetuating racial inequality in their schools. But a new report from the funding advocacy group EdBuild finds that affluent communities, largely white, have forged a new path toward resegregation: seceding from larger school districts that contain poorer, minority populations and creating their own. (Read the full story)
7. Career and Technical Education Should Be ‘Plan A,’ Says Rep. Virginia Foxx, by Carolyn Phenicie
The new head of the House Education and the Workforce Committee believes in limiting the role of the federal government in education. But given that that’s unlikely to change anytime soon, she is focusing on boosting one of her favorite programs: career and technical education. (Read the full story)
8. LAUSD Bars Charters From Being Included in New Unified Enrollment System, by Mike Szymanski
After a long and animated discussion, the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted unanimously to approve $16.7 million for the first phase of a unified school enrollment system — but added an amendment that shut out charter schools. (Read the full story)
9. Solving the Rural Education Gap, by Mareesa Nicosia
Even as rural Americans are increasingly better educated, older, male, and minority individuals lag behind their urban counterparts in levels of educational attainment — a trend directly affecting economic prospects in regions of the country that played a pivotal part in President Trump’s election. (Read the full story)

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