NATIONAL: Tax Bills’ Potential Impact on Federal…

Long before there was an independent federal education department—before many states had school systems, in fact—there was a federal education statistics agency. Today, the National Center for Education Statistics celebrates its 150th anniversary (albeit without a permanent commissioner in place).… Read full article at Education Week

NATIONAL: Middle school cancels Muslim speaker after…

BRISTOL, Conn. — A Connecticut middle school teacher’s plan to have a Muslim woman talk to students about her religion has been canceled because the teacher felt threatened by the resulting furor. Bristol schools Superintendent Susan Moreau tells the Hartford… Read full article at The Washington Post

NATIONAL: Iowa elementary school uses therapy pig…

MUSCATINE, Iowa — An elementary school in eastern Iowa has found a new way to help special education students manage emotions and focus on learning: a therapy pig. A small pig named Frankie serves as a calming mechanism for students… Read full article at The Washington Post

NATIONAL: FCC Approves Lifeline Changes, Seeks Comment…

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to make significant changes to its Lifeline program, which helps low-income families pay for phone and broadband service, funds proponents say are necessary to close the so-called "homework gap." Under newly approved rules, Lifeline… Read full article at Education Week

NATIONAL: What we now know about who…

Older African Americans and college students with children disproportionately bear the burden of education debt, according to a pair of reports released this week that researchers say show the need for more nuanced solutions from higher education. Americans over age… Read full article at The Washington Post

NATIONAL: Illinois superintendent accused of sexual harassment

A northwest suburban Chicago school district says its superintendent is expected to resign next month amid allegations of sexual harassment. Floyd Williams is accused of sexually harassing several women staff members at Des Plaines Elementary School District 62. According to… Read full article at Los Angeles Times

Norm Guith reelected to PVUSD School…

One incumbent and one newcomer was elected to the Palo Verde Unified School District on last Tuesday, with Martha Gutierrez joining the board and Norm Guith reclaiming his seat. With two seats available on the PVUSD board, four candidates, including… Read full article at Palo Verde Valley Times

Colton special-ed teacher, wife plead not…

A Colton Joint Unified School District special education teacher and his wife denied Wednesday they physically or sexually abused two female relatives for several years, court records indicate. Benjamin Franklin Kundert III, 59, of Rialto, is accused of sexually abusing… Read full article at San Bernardino County Sun

NATIONAL: Early Education Is a Game Changer:…

Access to early-childhood education significantly reduces students’ chances of being placed in special education or held back in school and increases their prospects of graduating high school, according to new research published by the American Educational Research Association. The report… Read full article at The Seventy Four

NATIONAL: State Spending on K-12 Rises Slightly…

State spending on K-12 education rose over the past year despite lackluster tax collections, as budgets continue to tick upward from the abyss of the Great Recession. Funding in the states for education increased by 4 percent in fiscal 2017,… Read full article at Education Week