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EduClips: WV Ends Four-Day Teachers’ Strike; NYC Lawmakers Grill Officials on ‘Renewal’ Program — and More Must-Reads From America’s 15 Biggest School Districts

By Andrew Brownstein | February 28, 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.

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STRIKE — A teachers’ strike that ground public schools to a halt across West Virginia is set to end on Thursday, a week after it began, Gov. James C. Justice and teachers’ union representatives said Tuesday. They announced a deal that signaled a win for unions, even though some lawmakers and even the teachers themselves expressed doubts it would ultimately work.

Mr. Justice, a Republican, said that he had promised the state’s teachers and other school employees a 5 percent raise and that he would create a task force to address the problem of rising insurance costs for public employees, a key issue in the strike. He added that he was “hopeful” that state lawmakers would go along with his proposals, which would also give all state employees a 3 percent raise. But some Republican lawmakers appeared deeply skeptical of his plan to find the money. The strike left more than 250,000 children out of school in the state’s 55 counties. (Read at New York Times)

National News

SCHOOL SHOOTING — ‘We Were In That School’: Parkland Students Prepare To Return After Shooting (Read at NPR)

SCHOOL SPENDING — States Confront New Mandate on School-Spending Transparency (Read at Education Week)

RIGHT TO KNOW — Portland Media Reported on Teachers Accused of Abuse and Assault Being Placed on Paid Leave. Now, District May Give Union Right to Block Such Disclosures (Read at The74Million.org)

DEVOS — Betsy DeVos Wants to Direct Federal Funds to School Choice, STEM, Workforce Readiness (Read at Politics K-12)

District and State News

NEW YORK — New York City lawmakers grill officials on controversial ‘Renewal’ program (Read at Chalkbeat)

CALIFORNIA — ‘Black Panther’ success leads to $1 million donation to STEM centers in Oakland, other cities (Read at The Mercury News)

NEVADA — Clark County schools need to revise teacher reassignment process (Read at Las Vegas Review-Journal)

ILLINOIS —Education Funding Report Shows Dismal Past for Illinois, Hope for Future (Read at WTTW)

FLORIDA —The Latest: School safety bill moves ahead in Florida Senate (Read at Miami Herald)

ILLINOIS — Illinois school district considers arming teachers (Read at ABC 7)

CALIFORNIA — Police deem Dublin school safe after investigating social media threat (Read at Mercury News)

FLORIDA — ‘We have to do something.’ How schools in South Florida say they’ll keep kids safe. (Read at Miami Herald)

NEW YORK — Advocates: Four traits we want in NYC’s next schools chief — and four candidates we don’t want (Read at Chalkbeat)

Think Pieces

ARMING TEACHERS — Straight Talk From a Green Beret: Arming Teachers Is a Lousy Idea (Read at The74Million.org)

SCHOOL REFORM — The Fierce Mistakes of Urgency: Here Are Three Common Problems When Ed Reform Pushes Too Far, Too Fast (Read at U.S. News &World Report)

SCHOOL DATA — School data is messy, but it doesn’t have to be (Read at Hechinger Report)

EQUITY — Schools That Serve Poor, Minority Students Are Systematically Shortchanged, but Disparities Are Closing, Report Finds (Read at The74Million.org)

SCHOOL SHOOTING — OPINION: Why Thomas Jefferson would be proud of Florida’s students (Read at Hechinger Report)

Quote of the Day

“Maybe I was looking at it as, what was the prudent thing to do, and not necessarily looking at education as an investment.” — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, at a news conference ending the state four-day teachers’ strike. (Read at New York Times)

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