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EduClips: LAUSD Teachers Contemplate Strike; Critics Blast NYC Schools for Hiding Study Critical of Desegregation Plan — and More Must-Reads From America’s 15 Biggest School Districts

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.

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ENGLISH LEARNERS —The U.S. Department of Education is forging ahead with plans to scraps the federal office of English-language acquisition — perhaps without seeking congressional approval or public comment on the proposal.

A coalition of English-language-learner advocates fears the department is headed that way, based on their correspondence with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s top deputy.

“The threat is real,” said Rebeca Shackleford, an education policy analyst with UnidosUS. (Read at Education Week)

National News

MARYLAND — An EDlection Showdown in Maryland: Could a ‘Blue Wave’ Unseat America’s Second-Most Popular Governor — and Reshape the State’s Education Priorities? (Read at The74Million.org)

#EDLECTION2018 — First look: Education reform group bets big on governor’s races (Read at Politico)

NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENTS — New Help for Native American Students: How to Rethink School Design and Culturally Relevant Classrooms for the Next Generation (Read at The74Million.org)

District and State News

CALIFORNIA — Los Angeles Teachers Take First Step Toward Strike (Read at Education Week)

NEW YORK — Critics blast city for hiding study that debunks de Blasio’s plan to desegregate elite high schools (Read at the New York Daily News)

NEVADA — CCSD hires from overseas to help fill teacher vacancies (Read at KLAS-TV)

NEW YORK — Carranza taps Hydra Mendoza, a colleague from San Francisco, as deputy chancellor (Read at Chalkbeat)

CALIFORNIA — LA School Safety report stops short of putting guns in teachers’ hands; finds weapons searches ineffective (Read at the Los Angeles Daily News)

TEXAS — Senators urge arming more Texas teachers, counseling more students — but fall silent on gun control (Read at Dallas News)

FLORIDA — Families can apply for Florida’s new reading scholarship next week (Read at the Tampa Bay Times)

Think Pieces

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT — Eligibility for Federal School Improvement Grants Helped Ohio Students, Study Says (Read at Politics K-12)

TEACHERS UNIONS — Janus will make teachers unions stronger, not weaker (Read at Flypaper)

SCHOOL DESIGN — Robin Lake: What Does It Mean to Design a System of Learning? At Workspace Education, It’s Creating Radically Individualized Pathways for Kids (Read at The74Million.org)

ARMING TEACHERS — OPINION: Teachers with guns — it might be even worse than you think (Read at The Hechinger Report)

DEVOS — DeVos Family Money Is All Over The News Right Now (Read at NPR)

Quote of the Day

“The threat is real.” —Rebeca Shackleford, an education policy analyst with UnidosUS, on plans by the U.S. Department of Education to scrap the federal office of English-language acquisition. (Read at Education Week)

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