EduClips: TX Gov. Abbott Wants to Put More Counselors in Schools; IL Bans Guns at Schools, but Teachers Are Training to Use Them Anyway — and More Must-Reads From America’s 15 Biggest School Districts

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Top Story

TRANSGENDER STUDENTS —The Indiana teacher who says he was coerced to resign after a clash against the school district’s policy that required he call transgender students by their preferred names has had his resignation approved, according to local news reports.

John Kluge, who taught orchestra at Brownsburg High School outside of Indianapolis, had taken to calling students by their last names to sidestep the issue, according to WTHR. Kluge said that it was against his religious convictions as a Christian to “encourage” transgender identity and also a matter of his First Amendment rights.

Kluge, 28, said he had submitted a letter of resignation at the end of May only because district officials had threatened to fire him after telling him that he had to start calling students by their first names, WTHR and the Indianapolis Star reported. (Read at The Washington Post)

National News

TEACHER TENURE — Justices Decline to Take Up State’s Defense of Indiana Teacher-Tenure Limits (Read at Education Week)

TEACHER’S UNIONS — With all eyes on Janus, a similar case in California meets quiet defeat — for now (Read at LA School Report)

SCIENCE STANDARDS — Educators Scramble for Texts to Match Science Standards (Read at Education Week)

SOUTH CAROLINA — South Carolina Poor People’s Campaign Focuses on Education (Read at U.S. News and World Report)

CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE — House Votes to Cut Children’s Health Insurance Funding as Advocates Keep Watch (Read at Politics K-12)

District and State News

TEXAS — After Santa Fe shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott wants to put more counselors in schools. Educators say that’s not enough. (Read at The Texas Tribune)

ILLINOIS — Illinois Prohibits Guns on Campuses. Teachers Are Training to Use Them Anyway. (Read at The New York Times)

CALIFORNIA — LAUSD board to vote on tougher graduation requirements, ways to improve lowest-performing schools (Read at LA School Report)

TEXAS — As Restorative Justice Debate Rolls On, One Texas School District Sees Value in Building Relationships, Rewarding Positive Behavior (Read at The74Million.org)

FLORIDA — Broward, Miami-Dade schools working to meet new security requirements (Read at WSVN)

CALIFORNIA — Charter schools regroup after big California election loss (Read at Education Week)

NEW YORK — Assistant principal who filled in exam answers: ‘I just thought it was unfair’ kids couldn’t finish (Read at the New York Post)

ILLINOIS — Protesters block Loop traffic demanding rent control, elected school board (Read at the Chicago Sun-Times)

FLORIDA — Children’s Trust to give $84 million to family groups, after-school programs (Read at The Miami Herald)

Think Pieces

SCHOOL DISCIPLINE — Investigation: In NYC School Where a Teenager Was Killed, Students & Educators Say Lax Discipline Led to Bullying, Chaos, and Death (Read at The74Million.org)

VIOLENCE — Study Shows ‘Collateral Damage’ Tied to Neighborhood Violence (Read at U.S. News and World Report)

MULTILINGUAL STUDENTS — New Study: Multilingual Students Have Made Huge Progress on NAEP Since 2003 (Read at The74Million.org)

DEVOS — Betsy DeVos’ smoking gun of ignorance (Read at The Hechinger Report)

TEST SCORES — What Do Test Scores Really Mean for the Economy? (Read at Education Week)

MERGERS — Merger madness? The last days of Chelsea High School (Read at The Hechinger Report)

TEACHER RETENTION — Teachers Village: One City’s Innovative Solution to the Problem of Teacher Retention (Read at Forbes)

Quote of the Day

“I’m being compelled to encourage students in what I believe is something that’s a dangerous lifestyle. I’m fine to teach students with other beliefs, but the fact that teachers are being compelled to speak a certain way is the scary thing.” —John Kluge, an orchestra teacher at Brownsburg High School outside Indianapolis, who said he was coerced to resign after he refused to call transgender students by their preferred names. (Read at The Washington Post)

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