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EduClips: Report Finds That TX Schools Suspended Tens of Thousands of Students in Second Grade or Younger; Teachers Who Can’t Afford Miami Rent May Get to Live at School — 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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BROWN — Linda Brown, whose father objected when she was not allowed to attend an all-white school in her neighborhood and who thus came to symbolize one of the most transformative court proceedings in American history, the school desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education, died on Sunday in Topeka, Kan. She was 75.

It is Ms. Brown’s father, Oliver, whose name is attached to the famous case, although the suit that ended up in the United States Supreme Court actually represented a number of families in several states. In 1954, in a unanimous decision, the court ruled that segregated schools were inherently unequal. The decision upended decades’ worth of educational practice, in the South and elsewhere, and its ramifications are still being felt. (Read at New York Times)

National News

SCHOOL SAFETY — Next Goal for Student Gun-Control Activists: Win at the Polls (Read at Education Week)

TECHNICAL EDUCATION — Technical education struggles to gain funding traction (Read at The Hill)

APPLE — Apple Tries to Win Back Students and Teachers With Low-Cost iPad (Read at Bloomberg)

District and State News

TEXAS — Texas schools suspended tens of thousands of students in second grade or younger, report says (Read at Texas Tribune)

FLORIDA — Teachers can’t afford Miami rents. The county has a plan: Let them live at school. (Read at Miami Herald)

ILLINOIS — Chicago Public Schools’ huge pension debt just got $1 billion deeper, new estimates show (Read at Chicago Tribune)

NEW YORK — Education officials began closing a small New York City school. Now parents are suing to keep it open. (Read at Chalkbeat)

CALIFORNIA — Lots of Talk but Little Action to Help the Lowest-performing Schools in Los Angeles and California (Read at The74Million.org)

NEVADA — Nevada releases ‘weighted funding’ list for Clark County schools (Read at Las Vegas Review-Journal)

CALIFORNIA — Education reform, teacher tenure, free tuition: Where California governor’s race candidates stand (Read at San Diego Tribune)

ILLINOIS — Opinion: Illinois’ next governor will have to deliver the goods on education funding (Read at Chicago Sun Times)

TEXAS — Feds approve Texas’ revised Every Student Succeeds Act plan (Read at Houston Chronicle)

NEW YORK — Read the 10-page résumé incoming schools chancellor Richard Carranza sent to Mayor Bill de Blasio (Read at Chalkbeat)

Think Pieces

CHARTER SCHOOLS — Exclusive Analysis: New Harvard Study Shows Public Support for Charter Schools Has Jumped 10 Points In Last Year (Read at The74Million.org)

SKILLS GAP — More Companies Teach Workers What Colleges Don’t (Read at The Wall Street Journal)

RACE — Who benefits from research on racial disparities? (Read at Hechinger Report)

DEVOS — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos probably won’t be fired but she needs to resign (Read at USA Today)

STEM — Government Has No Idea Whether The Billions It Spends On STEM Education Is Working (Read at NextGov)

DEVOS — In defense of Betsy DeVos (Read at The Washington Times)

SCHOLARSHIPS — A college scholarship meant to help low-income, black students now serves mostly white, middle-class kids (Read at Hechinger Report)

Quote of the Day

“To separate them from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race, generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely to ever be undone.” — The U.S. Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education. Linda Brown, whose father objected when she was not allowed to attend an all-white school in her neighborhood, died Sunday. (Read at New York Times)

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