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A California teacher battling breast cancer made headlines recently when she was told state law required her to pay for the cost of a sub during her treatment. Where else are these kinds of sick leave policies in place? And why aren’t the unions doing more to fight them?
May 17, 2019 – Education Week
The First Amendment looks different in schools. (So do the 4th, 5th, 8th, and 14th.)
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
California is close to overhauling its guidance for teaching sex education in public schools, offering teachers a framework for talking to kindergarteners about gender identity, discussing masturbation with middle-schoolers and recommending books that teach healthy practices for LGBT high schoolers.
May 8, 2019 – AP
The House subcommittee that handles the U.S. Department of Education's budget unveiled its spending proposal last week. This was a chance for newly empowered House Democrats to show just how far apart they are from Trump on issues like Title I, Title IV, and other programs Trump wants to eliminate.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
Advocates have high hopes that the new law’s school-level data will fuel debate over spending, but the numbers are still trickling out.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
A bill prohibiting anti-Semitism in Florida's public schools and universities is going to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.
May 3, 2019 – AP
An Alaska nonprofit education group is suing Gov. Mike Dunleavy and the state education commissioner for not paying the $20 million to public K-12 schools that lawmakers agreed to last year.
May 2, 2019 – AP
More Florida classroom teachers could carry guns in school under a bill passed by state lawmakers, the latest response to last year's mass shooting at a Parkland high school.
May 1, 2019 – AP
The annual list of how much states get in the way of federal Title I funding is released by the Congressional Research Service.
May 1, 2019 – Education Week
Dispute over a proposed citizenship question on the 2020 census gets a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday April 23, with many school groups watching closely for the impact it could have on funding.
May 1, 2019 – Education Week

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