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Weekly News Round-Up for July 27th
posted by: Melissa | July 27, 2018, 08:10 PM   

Each week, NWPE 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, funding changes for New Mexico and New Jersey, a controversy over a wrestling teacher, and more!

Court Rules against New Mexico in Education Suit: Civil rights groups in New Mexico won their case against the state this week. The groups had sued the state, saying that the provided funding was not adequate to educate all students. Many educators across the state saw the ruling as something to herald and among those especially hopeful were people who work with the state’s Native American students. However, not all is decided and the state’s Education Department is planning to appeal the ruling.

NJ Gov Signs Funding Overhaul: On Tuesday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a law that would significantly change how New Jersey funds its schools. The bill is designed to end inequities in how schools are funded. While popular in some districts, others fret that the new law will mean that they receive less funds and legislators from those districts have begun to criticize the governor and the new law.

PA Teacher Investigated for Wrestling Persona: A teacher in the Spring-Ford Area School District is being investigated. The teacher drew international attention when it was learned that he moonlighted for the World Wide Wrestling Alliance with a persona named “Blitzkrieg: The German Juggernaut.” The wrestling persona has clear ties to Nazism, including giving the iconic Nazi salute. The district claims that the actions of the teacher’s wrestling persona do not represent the core values of the district.

Happening Elsewhere:

School District Pays Out $25,000, Apologizes to Student Disciplined For Wearing Pro-Trump Shirt

Pa. school districts decry what they see as growing disparity in state sports competitions

Gov. Bryant Approves Takeover of Mississippi School District

Almost every school district in Indiana has requested free metal detectors

School district votes to become first in Virginia to arm teachers

Judge rules transgender student can use boys bathroom at St. Johns school

Oregon Judge Rules in Favor of Transgender Students in Bathroom Case

Federal court reaffirms Pennsylvania school district’s pro-transgender restroom policy

Yeshiva lawsuit challenges state education law amendment

Despite focus on education, Scott Walker and Tony Evers to miss meeting with Betsy DeVos

School Districts Receive Grants to Focus on Mental Health

Schools eye facial recognition technology to boost security

MN Supreme Court: Parents’ lawsuit accusing state of racially segregating students can proceed

Commissioner McQueen: TNReady results statewide mixed

ACLU-NJ sues 12 school districts, alleging discrimination against undocumented students

Years of Education Influenced by Genetic Makeup, Enormous Study Finds

Trump Priority Gathers Steam as Senate Passes Career-Technical Education Bill

Cash-Strapped School Districts Left Behind by Wealthier Neighbors

10 items that show how much US school shootings have changed back-to-school shopping

Hutchinson selected chair of Arkansas governors’ Education, Workforce Committee

Judge allows suit accusing California of providing inadequate education to kids

How California’s public schools are grappling with growing pension costs

Lawsuit seeks to keep Arizona education tax proposal off ballot

Feds: Michigan in need of special education intervention

The number of majority-minority school districts in Minnesota has doubled in the last five years

Open Enrollment May Be Segregating Ohio's Public Schools

Clash emerges on Florida education amendment -- 2 decades later

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