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EduClips: Education Plays Key Role in CA’s Gubernatorial Primary; Parents of 2 Murdered Parkland Teens Run for School Board — and More Must-Reads From America’s 15 Biggest School Districts

By Andrew Brownstein | May 15, 2018

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

TEACHERS — Pencils, pens, crayons, construction paper, T-shirts, snacks, and, sometimes, a pair of shoes: The costs add up for public school teachers who reach into their own pockets for classroom supplies, ensuring their students have the necessities for learning.

Nearly all teachers are footing the bill for classroom supplies, an Education Department report found, and teachers in high-poverty schools spend more than those in affluent schools.

The report, prepared by the National Center for Education Statistics and released Tuesday, is based on a nationally representative survey of teachers during the 2015–16 school year. It found that 94 percent of teachers pay for classroom supplies, spending an average of $479 a year. About 7 percent of teachers spend more than $1,000 a year. (Read at The Washington Post)

National News

TEACHER STRIKES — With North Carolina Teachers Rallying This Week, a Look Back at a Season of Strikes: What Teachers Asked For and What They Received (Read at The74Million.org)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Exclusive: Former for-profit college executive shaped Education Department policy that could benefit former employers: Documents (Read at ABC News)

CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION — Trump Taps Former Community College Official for Career and Technical Education Post (Read at Politics K-12)

TEACHERS — Teachers’ group seeks to stop Oklahoma anti-tax question (Read at The Washington Post)

District and State News

CALIFORNIA From Voters to Donors, Education Emerging as Key Issue in California’s Gubernatorial Primary; While Newsom Leads, Cox & Villaraigosa Fight for 2nd (Read at The74Million.org)

FLORIDA — 2 parents of murdered Parkland teens run together for Broward school board (Read at Politico)

ILLINOIS — Parents Call for Chicago Public Schools to Fix Special Education Program (Read at CBS Chicago)

NEVADA — Nevada charter school fights back against possible closure (Read at the Las Vegas Review-Journal)

NEW YORK — City may consider more than just test scores in controversial Upper West Side integration proposal (Read at Chalkbeat)

CALIFORNIA — A few rich charter school supporters are spending millions to elect Antonio Villaraigosa governor (Read at the Los Angeles Times)

NEW YORK — Is Betsy DeVos visiting a Jewish school in Manhattan Tuesday? Officials won’t say (Read at Chalkbeat)

TEXAS — TEA head Mike Morath discusses the future of HISD (Read at Chron)

PENNSYLVANIA — A new Board of Education is coming; but responsibility for schools is still shared | Opinion (Read at The Philadelphia Inquirer)

NEVADA — School districts increasingly hiring foreign teachers to fill shortages (Read at Fox News)

TEXAS — Texas ranks 36th nationally in per-student education spending. Here’s how much it spends. (Read at The Texas Tribune)

Think Pieces

COMMON CORE — Here’s what annoyed high school students most about the switch to Common Core (Read at Chalkbeat)

EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS — The Value of a Video (Read at U.S. News and World Report)

CHARTER SCHOOLS — Robin Lake: 4 Ways a Big New Study on School Districts, Finances & Charter Schools Is Misleading California Parents & Communities (Read at The74Million.org)

SEGREGATION — Any educational reform that ignores segregation is doomed to failure (Read at The Hechinger Report)

NC TEACHERS — Here’s Why Thousands of North Carolina Teachers Are Taking a Personal Day This Week (Read at Education Post)

Quote of the Day

“People may say they’re going to be the ‘education governor,’ but in California every governor is going to be the education governor. In California, so much of the funding in our 40-year, post–Proposition 13 world is driven not by local funding but by state funding. That for so many voters is what the government is about: taking care of schools.” —Mark Baldassare, president and CEO of the Public Policy Institute of California. (Read at The74Million.org)

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