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National School Boards Association highlights choices in public schools

By Mel Leonor The U.S. public school system offers more options and opportunities for students than private schools, according to a report released by the National School Boards Association today. The report highlights school choice and curriculum choices for students within public school districts, arguing that public education “is not the monolith its critics make it out to be.” Discussions around private [...]

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Principal and Ed Leader Groups Applaud Senate for Restoring Title II

Principal and Ed Leader Groups Applaud Senate for Restoring Title II

Contact: Bob Farrace, NASSP director of public affairs, 703-909-4661, farraceb@nassp.org Washington, DC – Leading groups representing teachers and principals applaud the Senate Appropriations Committee for providing funding for Title II, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program, at $2.1 billion. The Administration’s FY18 budget request and the House bill eliminated funding for this important section [...]

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Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Passes FY18 Labor HHS Education Spending Bill

The Senate LHHS-Ed Subcommittee on Appropriations approved by voice-vote an FY 2018 spending bill that provides $68.3 billion in discretionary funding for the U.S. Department of Education, $29 million above the FY2017 level. While the headline of this bill is a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health and additional money to combat opioid abuse, the bill is [...]

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Freedom to Join Unions Can Fix This Rigged Economy

Freedom to Join Unions Can Fix This Rigged Economy

Across the country, Americans are working longer hours for less money and fewer benefits, despite being more productive than ever. No matter how hard we work, many are finding it more and more difficult to get by and provide for their families. All the while, a handful of CEOs and those who are already rich have seen their salaries and [...]

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Texas schools ponder recovery after Hurricane Harvey

By Caitlin Emma, POLITICO Southeast Texas school officials are just beginning to assess the damage from Hurricane Harvey after the storm closed schools or caused delays earlier this week for hundreds of thousands of students in about 200 public school districts and more than 40 charter schools. Many schools won’t open until at least Sept. 5, according to the latest information [...]

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New York: Education, resources a top concern for New York voters, poll shows

By Keshia Clukey Funding and resources for public schools are a top concern for New Yorkers, outweighing teacher qualifications and over-testing, according to a poll released today by High Achievement New York. The national poll included responses from more than 300 registered voters in New York, and was conducted by Achieve, a funder of High Achievement, a pro-Common Core coalition of businesses, [...]

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Census: Private school enrollment continues to decline

By Mel Leonor Even as school enrollment remains steady, the number of students enrolling in private schools has declined by a half-million over the past decade, new Census data show. Private elementary school enrollment dropped from 3.1 to 2.6 million between 2006 and 2016, and private high school enrollment dropped from 1.5 to 1.3 million in the same time span. The trend [...]

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Number of Students Using D.C. Vouchers Drops, Report Finds

Number of Students Using D.C. Vouchers Drops, Report Finds

By Alyson Klein President Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos have heaped praise on the District of Columbia’s school voucher program. But a report released Wednesday by FutureEd, a think tank housed at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, finds that the number of students who actually used the vouchers dropped to 1,154 in the 2016-17 school year, from 1,638 [...]

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Gallup: Public support for public education up slightly

By Caitlin Emma, POLITICO The percentage of U.S. adults who rate public schools as “excellent” or “good” has increased by 7 percentage points since 2012, while those giving private schools high marks decreased by the same ratio. That’s according to new poll results today from Gallup. Despite the slight change in public perception, 71 percent of U.S. adults still believe independent private [...]

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AFL-CIO Representatives Resign from Presidential Council on Manufacturing

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on his and Thea Lee’s resignation from President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council: We cannot sit on a council for a president who tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism. President Trump’s remarks today repudiate his forced remarks yesterday about the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis. We must resign on behalf of America’s working people, who [...]

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