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EduClips: After Decades of Expansion, CA Charter Growth Slowing; Broward Schools Back Off Plans for Metal Detectors at Site of Parkland Shooting — and More Must-Reads From America’s 15 Biggest School Districts

By Andrew Brownstein | August 6, 2018

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PARKLAND STUDENTS — They came from all over Virginia, battling gray weather and buckets of rain, to see the faces of a student-driven movement that shows few signs of stopping.

They came by the hundreds, young people and older ones — at least a third of the attendees were parents, judging by a show of hands — to hear first-person testimonies from the survivors of the mass shooting in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. They came to learn how they might be involved in ending gun violence. In a few cases, they came to protest.

The message they got from the speakers at this traveling town hall, over and over, was this: Vote. As it matures over the course of its months-long Road to Change tour through the United States this summer, the March for Our Lives movement’s broad goal of ending gun violence is increasingly focused on voting, one of the most essential of all civic responsibilities. (Read at Education Week)

National News

DUNCAN — Arne Duncan, Obama’s Former Secretary of Education, Just Wrote a Memoir. Here Are 7 Key Highlights (Read at The74Million.org)

SCHOOL SAFETY — U.S. schools implement new safety measures in wake of recent mass shootings (Read at ABC News)

District and State News

CALIFORNIA — After quarter century of rapid expansion, charter school growth slowing in California (Read at EdSource)

FLORIDA — Runcie reverses plan for metal detectors at Stoneman Douglas ahead of new school year (Read at the Miami Herald)

ILLINOIS — Student who supports gun rights sues school over protest (Read at WLS-AM)

FLORIDA — It’s framer vs. framer in Florida’s education equity lawsuit (Read at the Tampa Bay Times)

NEVADA — AG: Nevada education department didn’t violate open meeting law (Read at the Nevada Appeal)

NEW YORK —State stiffed city schools $7 million (Read at the New York Daily News)

ILLINOIS — School sex-ed classes to teach about assault, consent under new state law (Read at the Herald & Review)

NEVADA — Workers: Morale of Clark County schools’ support staff ‘tanked’ (Read at the Las Vegas Review-Journal)

NEW YORK — EXCLUSIVE: Sex probes shrink in city schools under Mayor de Blasio, even as number of staffers grows (Read at the New York Daily News)

GEORGIA — Gwinnett schools to start girls flag football program (Read at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

CALIFORNIA — Opinion: Forget the lies in the state schools superintendent’s race (Read at the San Jose Mercury News)

PENNSYLVANIA — Opinion: Cutting through the Wolf/Wagner school-funding war | John Baer (Read at The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Think Pieces

AP CLASSES — More students are taking AP exams, but researchers don’t know if that helps them (Read at Chalkbeat)

DUNCAN — Review: In Arne Duncan’s New Memoir, Reflections on Putting Kids First, the State of Our Union, and the Lies We Tell About Our Schools (Read at The74Million.org)

SCHOOL SAFETY — OPINION: Teachers with guns — it might be even worse than you think (Read at The Hechinger Report)

Quote of the Day

“I know a lot of people thought the movement was going to die a long time ago. But we’re still here. We’re still traveling.” —Ramon Contreras, a New York-based youth advocate, on the “March for Our Lives'” movement to get young people to vote, driven by student survivors of February’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. (Read at Education Week)

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