Weekly News Round-Up for January 19th
posted by: Melissa | January 19, 2018, 07:17 PM   

Each week, ASTA brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, a new comprehensive report on school quality, changes to charter school funding in Michigan, one of the nation’s largest schools closes on Monday, and more!


Education Week Releases Annual Quality Counts Report: For the past 20 years, education reporting publication Education Week has compiled comprehensive information on districts and states and graded their overall performance. They released their latest report this past week, finding that most states continue to show only middling achievement. The average score for 2018 was 74.5, only a slight increase from 2017’s score of 74.2. The best performing state was Massachusetts with New Jersey close behind, while Nevada came in last, causing at least a few officials from that state to demean the rankings.


Michigan Revises Charter School Funding: A new bill passed in Michigan’s legislature that would revise the way charter schools are funded in the state. The new bill allows charters to receive a portion of the money received from millages. The legislation passed shortly after the release of a report calling for charter schools and district schools to receive the same amount of funding, a move that would increase equity in the state.


Ohio’s Largest Online School About to Close: Ohio’s Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT, is facing a shut-down on Monday. The school of 12,000 students has been struggling with its finances ever since the state changed the funding formula that the school operated on. Last week, the school’s sponsor cut ties. Without a sponsor, the school is unable to stay open, upsetting parents, students, and teachers. Many of the school’s students struggle with illnesses, disabilities, bullying, or other setbacks that made a traditional school setting impossible for them. The school’s teachers also prefer working in an online environment, even though the pay is less. The school’s supporters hope that an upcoming court case about their funding dispute with the state will allow the school to reopen.


Connecticut Supreme Court Overturns Education Ruling: Connecticut’s State Supreme Court halted a previous ruling that threatened to wreak havoc on the state’s education funding. The 2016 ruling in the Superior Court found that the state was “irrational” in how it funded special education services and called for a host of changes that would affect every aspect of education in the state. The Supreme Court justices found that while the court could decide whether or not the state met its constitutional mandate, it could not impose regulations directly on schools.


Happening Elsewhere:

Senate leader expects governor's education appointees to be blocked

Greitens appointee to education board describes apparent violation of Sunshine Law

The beleaguered state of inner-city schools

Public survey: Concerns persist about quality of education in Idaho

Texas Education Agency releases plan to reform special education

Ball State would take over Muncie Community Schools in new proposal

Department of Education OKs New York's plan under new law

Education Board Defers To Lawmakers In Conflict Over Special Ed. In Private Schools

Civil rights groups sue Delaware over education funding for low-income, disadvantaged students

Report: About half of N.H. students would qualify for education savings accounts

Kentucky schools told to trim 'administrative overhead'

Watch: Kids, teachers rejoice when power returns to Puerto Rico school after 112 days in the dark

House passes MAEP education funding overhaul after partisan floor fight


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