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EduClips: In San Francisco School Elections, Non-Citizens Legally Register to Vote; Court Decision Paves Way for Puerto Rico School Closures — and More Must-Reads From America’s 15 Biggest School Districts

By Andrew Brownstein | July 19, 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 UNIONS —Rachael McRae, a fifth-grade teacher in central Illinois, was sitting on the couch the other day with her 4-month-old when she saw the email.

“He was having a fussy day,” she says, “so I was bouncing him in one arm, and started going through my emails on my phone, just to feel like I was getting something done.” In her spam folder, she found an email from an organization called My Pay, My Say, urging her to drop her union membership.

Last month, the Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME deal a major blow to public-sector unions. The court ruled that these unions cannot collect money, known as agency fees, from nonmembers who are covered by collective bargaining agreements.

Organizations on both sides across the country sprung into action. (Read at NPR)

National News

SCHOOL SECURITY — Facial-Recognition Systems Pitched as School-Safety Solutions, Raising Alarms (Read at Education Week)

WISCONSIN — Scott Walker Crushed Wisconsin’s Teachers Union. Can He Win a Third Term Against Its Superintendent of Schools? (Read at The74Million.org)

DEBATE — Black Students From Atlanta Make History at Harvard Debate Competition (Read at HuffPost)

TARGET — Target’s latest sale is aimed at underpaid teachers who buy their own classroom supplies (Read at The Washington Post)

District and State News

CALIFORNIA — Non-citizens legally register to vote in San Francisco school elections (Read at the Sacramento Bee)

PUERTO RICO — Court Decision Paves Way for Puerto Rico School Closures (Read at Education Week)

LLINOIS — How Illinois obscures racial disparities in school discipline data (Read at The Chicago Reporter)

FLORIDA — Miami-Dade teachers could get as much as a 20 percent raise — but it’s up to voters (Read at the Miami Herald)

ILLINOIS — Amid Cuts to School Board Program, Norridge-Area Taxpayers Fund 59 District Employees Making Over $100K (Read at Illinois Policy)

TEXAS — Texas senators agree on the need for school mental health services, but can they fund it? (Read at The Texas Tribune)

FLORIDA — Florida Board of Education adopts rules on scholarships for bullied students (Read at the Tampa Bay Times)

NEW YORK — Does Admissions Exam for Elite High Schools Measure Up? No One Knows (Read at The New York Times)

NEVADA — CCSD Trustee Kevin Child accused of creating new stir (Read at the Las Vegas Review-Journal)

TEXAS — Charter schools continue to grow in Texas, and districts shouldn’t treat them as enemies (Read at Dallas News)

CALIFORNIA — Far from home and alone: Unaccompanied immigrant youth find refuge in Oakland Unified (Read at EdSource)

NEVADA — CCSD support staff bemoan health insurance cost hike (Read at the Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Think Pieces

COMMON CORE — New Study of Common Core Reading Standards Finds Teachers Aren’t Giving Students Appropriately Challenging Texts (Read at The74Million.org)

EXAMS — Evidence on New York City and Boston exam schools (Read at Brookings Institution)

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Schools Hammered by Two Different Reports That Say District Is Moving Too Slowly in Helping Neediest Students (Read at The74Million.org)

SUMMER LEARNING — OPINION: Teachers at work in summer learning programs report these 5 benefits (Read at The Hechinger Report)

Quote of the Day

“There’s a strong drive by the security industry to push their products under a target-hardening approach to school safety. But is this the best use of time, energy, and resources right now? My answer is ‘no.’ ” —Kenneth Trump, school safety consultant. (Read at Education Week)

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