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Lawyer Michael A. Carvin, right, presents arguments for the non-union teachers as the U.S. Supreme Court hears the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case involving unions’ ability to collect fees from nonmembers.
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The worst-performing school district in South Carolina says in a lawsuit that the state education chief unconstitutionally seized control from the locally elected board in the state's latest takeover of the district.
June 21, 2017 – AP
Political prospects look dreary for the Trump administration’s plan to slash the U.S. Department of Education’s budget by 9.2 percent if the tone of recent hearings is any measure.
June 21, 2017 – Education Week
Parents, school districts, and advocacy groups say that New Mexico's education system isn't meeting its responsibilities for all students. The trial could upend the way schools in the state are funded.
June 12, 2017 – AP
Kansas legislators repudiated the tax-cutting experiment that brought Gov. Sam Brownback national attention, with even fellow Republicans voting to override his veto of plan reversing many of the income tax reductions he's championed in recent years as a way to fix the cash-strapped state's budget.
June 7, 2017 – AP
A federal appellate panel upheld an injunction requiring a Wisconsin district to let a student who was born female and now identifies as male use the boys' restroom.
June 7, 2017 – Education Week
More than a dozen states have been weighing bills to expand free-speech and free-press protections for student journalists and their teacher-advisers.
June 7, 2017 – Education Week
As the Trump administration pushes for federally backed vouchers, there are major concerns about whether some participating private schools would abide by civil rights and anti-discrimination laws.
June 7, 2017 – Education Week
Lone Star State lawmakers passed bills to crack down on cyberbullying and alter the state's letter-grade system for schools, but failed to clear the way for the use of vouchers and education savings accounts, or to overhaul the K-12 funding formula.
June 7, 2017 – Education Week
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback promised to veto an income tax increase approved by the GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature to fix the cash-strapped state's budget and meet a court mandate on funding for public schools.
June 6, 2017 – AP
A dozen states are trying to keep children in school longer, from making kindergarten mandatory to raising the legal drop-out age. But it's not an easy sell.
June 5, 2017 – AP

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