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EduClips: ‘A Nation at Risk’ Turns 35, Clark County Extends Superintendent Search, Paul Ryan’s Education Legacy — and More Must-Reads from America’s 15 Biggest School Districts

By Steve Snyder | April 12, 2018

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A NATION AT RISK Today in Washington, D.C., the Reagan Institute is hosting a special star-studded education summit commemorating the 35th anniversary of the release of the “Nation At Risk” report. The 74 has published a special series of articles, as well as an in-depth documentary, recalling the writing of, reaction to and enduring legacy of the document. You can stream the latter right here:

Bruno Manno served in that administration and has a new essay this morning on what he remembers of the rollout: “Politically, the report caused significant early wrangles between White House aides to President Ronald Reagan, who had opposed creating a presidential commission, and Secretary Bell, who when faced with that resistance opted to employ the Department’s statutory authority to create the commission at the cabinet level … Eventually, however, as they saw the report striking a major chord with voters, White House aides embraced it. Reagan would himself attend three of 12 regional meetings convened by Bell to discuss the report. Surprisingly, he would also accept an invitation from Albert Shanker, then president of the American Federation of Teachers, to address the union’s 1983 annual convention and discuss the report’s findings.” (Read more at The74Million.org)

National News

STRIKES — With peaceful walk-ins, Arizona teachers gauge support for walkouts, closing schools (Read at USA Today)

PAUL RYAN — Speaker Ryan Will Leave ESSA Passage, New Tax Break for Choice as K-12 Legacy (Read at Politics K-12)

INTEGRATION — Trump Judicial Nominee Refuses to Say If She Agrees With Desegregated Schools (Read at Huffington Post)

VOCATIONAL TRAINING — These rare schools see benefits of combining AP classes with vocational training (Read at PBS Newshour)

District and State News

NEW YORK – Homeless Children Are 3 Times as Likely to Be Suspended at Some Schools (Read at The New York Times)

NEVADA – Clark County School Board extends search for superintendent (Read at the Las Vegas Review-Journal)

TEXAS – Texas education officials promise focus on math, reading after “lagging” report card (Read at the Texas Tribune)

CALIFORNIA – California voters say education is a top priority as the governor’s race unfolds (Read at the Sacramento Bee)

FLORIDA – Many high school seniors rushing to finish credit recovery to make up for failing freshman classes (Read at Tampa Bay Online)

ILLINOIS – Illinois Senate plan would include LGBT history in schools (Read at WAND TV)

NEW YORK – Carranza stands by NYC’s ‘Renewal’ program for struggling schools, but asks, ‘What’s our theory of action?’ (Read at Chalkbeat)

Think Pieces

BRAIN SCIENCE — The Myth of ‘Learning Styles’ (Read at The Atlantic)

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