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EduClips: LAUSD Chief Outlines Possible Deal With Teachers Union; NYC Schools Plan Mandatory Implicit-Bias Training — and More Must-Reads From America’s 15 Biggest School Districts

By Andrew Brownstein | August 16, 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

FUNDING — While military and health care costs have received plenty of airtime in recent years, the federal education budget hasn’t gotten a thorough vetting on the Senate floor since 2007. That will change if the Senate takes up later this week a massive $856.9 billion spending bill for the departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and a smattering of smaller agencies.

In the 11-year stretch since the full Senate last debated education appropriations, the Great Recession came and went, exploding the number of students finding themselves either out of work or in need of retraining.

As tuition and other higher education expenses ballooned in tandem, Congress also loosened the federal purse strings, including making it easier to qualify for Pell Grants, which help nearly 7.5 million predominantly lower-income students afford college. (Read at Roll Call)

National News

#EDLECTION2018 — #EDlection2018: In Connecticut Primaries, Acclaimed Teacher Jahana Hayes Handily Wins Democratic Nomination for Congress (Read at The74Million.org)

KINDERGARTEN — Practicing Kindergarten: How a Summer Program Eases Kids Into Learning (Read at Education Week)

SPECIAL EDUCATION — When Higher Functioning Follows Form: Special-Needs Students Flourish in Sensory-Designed Schools (Read at The74Million.org)

District and State News

CALIFORNIA — Supt. Austin Beutner meets with head of L.A. teachers union, outlines possible deal (Read at the Los Angeles Times)

NEW YORK —New York City Education Department Plans Mandatory Implicit Bias Training (Read at The Wall Street Journal)

PUERTO RICO — Clash of Visions as New School Year Opens in Storm-Bruised Puerto Rico (Read at Education Week)

ILLINOIS — IEA Says Illinois Bills Won’t Solve Teacher Shortage (Read at WSIU)

FLORIDA — Florida Board of Education supports funding flexibility as it discusses budgets (Read at the Tampa Bay Times)

TEXAS — Texas school districts receive first official A-F grades. Look up how your district did here. (Read at the Texas Tribune)

CALIFORNIA — Unexpected Student-Discipline Trends in California: Suspensions Peak in Middle School, Black Kids More Likely to Be Disciplined in Segregated Schools & More (Read at The74Million.org)

ILLINOIS — New data pulls back curtain on Chicago’s high school admissions derby (Read at Chalkbeat)

NEVADA — EDITORIAL: A disruptive learning environment (Read at the Las Vegas Review-Journal)

NEW YORK — City completes probe of yeshiva teaching standards, but still mum on conclusions (Read at the New York Daily News)

NEVADA — Why students need stronger career and technical education (Read at the Las Vegas Sun)

Think Pieces

VOUCHERS — Don’t divert taxpayer money to vouchers. It does much more good at public schools. (Read at USA Today)

KINDERGARTEN — Full-day kindergarten is great for kids, so why isn’t it required? (Read at The Hechinger Report)

Quote of the Day

“For me, it’s a no-brainer. This is going to be one of those cornerstone pieces in terms of how are we going to continue to transform this immense system to really, truly serve all students.” —New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, on the need for mandatory implicit-bias training for all district employees. (Read at The Wall Street Journal)

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