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EduClips: Funding Woes in Las Vegas; Schools’ Vulnerability on Data Privacy — and More Must-Reads From America’s 15 Biggest School Districts

By Andrew Brownstein | February 1, 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

STATE OF THE UNION — Education watchers noted that President Trump’s first official State of the Union speech on Tuesday was almost devoid of any reference to school choice. In fact, it was lighter on education than any since 1989, according to a review by Education Week. The lack of emphasis didn’t surprise Patrick McGuinn, a professor of political science and education at Drew University in New Jersey. “The administration doesn’t really have a proactive agenda,” he said. “Most of what they seem to be doing is undoing what Obama did. And they seem content with that.” (Read at Politics K-12)

National News

STUDENT DEBT — Early Word on a Contract May Have Helped Investors Cash In (Read at Bloomberg)

DATA PRIVACY — State and District Education Websites Fail to Disclose Ad Trackers, Study Finds (Read at Education Week)

SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE —Will Trump Help Rebuild America’s Schools (Read at U.S. News & World Report)

RURAL SCHOOLS — Rural schools find an online resource to fill gaps in mental health services for students (Read at Hechinger Report)

PRIVATE SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS — In America’s Smallest State, a Proposal for a Colossal Surge in Public Dollars for Private Schools (Read at The74million.org)

District and State News

TEXAS — Opinion: Texas bears responsibility for fixing special education (Read at Houston Chronicle)

ILLINOIS — Illinois public school funding a step closer with veto override votes (Read at Chicago Sun-Times)

NEVADA — Nevada puts Clark County School District on financial watch list (Read at Las Vegas Review-Journal)

NEW YORK — NYC schools chief calls Cuomo’s budget plan ‘disrespectful,’ says funding change would ‘take us backwards’ (Read at Chalkbeat)

FLORIDA — Florida Legislation Would Offer Private School Vouchers to Bullying Victims (Read at The74Million.org)

CALIFORNIA — Essential Education: Two senior L.A. school district officials resign amid sexual harassment allegations (Read at LA Times)

ILLINOIS — Judge denies ex-Calumet school board president’s request to return amid misconduct allegations (Read at Chicago Tribune)

NEW YORK — Pro-charter school group CEO booted for inappropriate behavior (Read at NY Daily News)

TEXAS — Texas Board of Ed Unlikely To Approve Mexican-American Studies Before Fall (Read at Texas Public Radio)

CALIFORNIA — System of positive rewards to reduce student discipline takes off in California (Read at EdSource)

FLORIDA — Teachers’ union say House Republican bill puts them at risk (Read at Tampa Bay Times)

Think Pieces

SPECIAL EDUCATION — We’ve got to train special education teachers to be leaders as well as educators (Read at Hechinger Report)

THE VALUE OF EDUCATION — The Case Against ‘The Case Against Education’ (Read at Bloomberg)

VIRTUAL REALITY — How one high-poverty district is adding virtual reality to its classrooms (Read at Hechinger Report)

Quote of the Day

“Omission is a very powerful thing. The omission of one’s own history and culture creates the sense that it does not matter, that it’s not that important and therefore you’re not that important.”— Juan Carmona, social studies teacher and South Texas College instructor, on a push to expand access to Mexican-American studies courses in Texas high schools. (Read at Texas Public Radio)

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