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EduClips: Critics Assail NYC School Funding System; Strike Vote in Chicago — and More Must-Reads From America’s 15 Biggest School Districts

By Andrew Brownstein | January 29, 2018

Updated

EduClips is a roundup of the day’s top education headlines from America’s largest school districts, where more than 4 million students across eight states attend class every day. Read previous EduClips installments here. Get the day’s top school and policy news delivered straight to your inbox by signing up for the TopSheet Education Newsletter.

Top Story

HOMESCHOOLING — After California officials found 13 siblings allegedly held captive and younger children apparently not missed by schools because they were being homeschooled, homeschooling advocates are bracing for calls for stricter regulation of the practice.

Some advocates say they support mandatory medical visits or regular academic assessments of homeschooled children. But others contend moves to step up homeschooling controls in the name of exposing child abuse earlier could lead to overregulation and intrusion that punishes parents. One California lawmaker has floated the idea of requiring annual walk-throughs of home schools by state or county officials. (Read at The Associated Press)

National News

CIVICS — Iowa could require students to pass citizenship exam to graduate (Read at USA Today)

TRENTON — In the Shadow of New Jersey’s State Capital, Trenton’s Forgotten Schools Struggle to Get Better on Their Own (Read at The74Million.org)

#METOOK12 — What Do Schools Teach About Sexual Harassment? (Read at Education Week)

IMMIGRATION — Lawmakers call on Trump to drop bid for legal immigration cuts (Read at The Washington Post)

NET NEUTRALITY — Defiance on ‘Net Neutrality’: Montana Governor Goes to Helena High School to Declare State’s Break With FCC Mandate (Read at The74Million.org)

District and State News

NEW YORK Here’s how New York City divvies up school funding — and why critics say the system is flawed (Read at Chalkbeat)

ILLINOIS West Chicago Teachers Vote to Authorize Strike (Read at NBC Chicago)

GEORGIA Gwinnett classroom attack stirs social media (Read at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

NEVADA Opinion: CCSD’s next superintendent is going to fail (Read at the Las Vegas Review-Journal)

TEXAS Far-right conservatives want to unseat longtime swing vote on Texas education board (Read at Dallas News)

CALIFORNIA More candidates for state superintendent raise odds of runoff in November (Read at EdSource)

FLORIDA Lawmakers look to start new school vouchers, tighten control on private schools (Read at the Orlando Sentinel)

NEW YORK Brooklyn high school debate team defies expectations to win championships (Read at the New York Daily News)

Think Pieces

RURAL SCHOOLS The Rural School Reform Opportunity (Read at U.S. News & World Report)

SUPERINTENDENTS — Does the big boss really matter in big-city school districts? (Read at The Washington Post)

VOUCHERS Do School Vouchers Work? Milwaukee’s Experiment Suggests an Answer (Read at The Wall Street Journal)

PERSONALIZED LEARNING Why ‘personalized learning’ advocates like Mark Zuckerberg keep citing a 1984 study — and why it might not say much about schools today (Read at Chalkbeat)

TEACHER BONUSES New evidence indicates that paying teachers bonuses raises student performance by a small amount (Read at Hechinger Report)

HIP-HOP How hip-hop erased these young students’ unfair, bad rap (Read at Hechinger Report)

Quote of the Day

“It’s not really a noticed state. It’s a small state — more cows than people — and we are taking a stand on this and we’re standing up to Trump. I hope that inspires other states to do the same thing.” —Bryndon Wilkerson, student body president at Helena High School in Montana, on her state’s decision to defy the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality. (Read at The74Million.org)

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