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May 8, 2019 – Education Week
 Although they are convinced they know what technology is most effective for their students, many teachers say they're not being given the tools and platforms that meet classroom needs, a new nationwide survey finds.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
 A student-led petition urging 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to debate on environmental policy has garnered more than 51,000 signatures since its posting nearly three weeks ago.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
 The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a case that held the potential to deal a further blow to public-employee unions, including those in K-12 and higher education, in the wake of last term's major decision that removed the ability of such unions to collect service fees from nonmembers.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
 Florida lawmakers sent Gov. Ron DeSantis a Republican-crafted bill last week to create a new voucher program for students to attend private schools, including religious ones, using taxpayer dollars traditionally spent on public schools.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
 Washington lawmakers last week reached a deal to lift the state's "levy lid," blunting tighter limits on voter-approved local taxes for schools that were set to take effect this year. Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, was expected to sign the legislation that Republicans had criticized.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
  Kentucky's attorney general followed through on his warning and filed suit last week to block subpoenas issued by Gov. Matt Bevin's administration as part of an investigation into teacher sickouts that shut down schools.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
  Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., the former Denver schools superintendent, is joining the crowded Democratic campaign for the White House.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
  New proposals to open "no excuses" charter schools have dropped sharply over the past five years and so, too, have the number of approvals for such schools, according to a new report from the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
  American adults favor supportive student-discipline solutions, like school climate efforts and training for teachers, over stricter practices like detentions or suspensions, a new survey finds.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
  Early-childhood-education programs increasingly use quality rating systems, but it's not clear how much the ratings are helping them to improve, finds an evaluation by the research firm Mathematica.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
  More than nine in 10 schools have a campus media center, but there remain significant library disparities, federal data show. Overall, the percentage of schools with libraries slowly but steadily declined, from 94 percent in 2003-04 to 91 percent in 2015-16.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
  Efforts to unionize teachers in charter schools are picking up in a handful of states, and counter efforts by school administrators to tamp them down often backfire, according to a study by the University of Washington's Center on Reinventing Public Education.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
 

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