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Governors, State Lawmakers Roll Out School Choice Proposals (Education Week)

Governors and lawmakers across the country prepare to propose new legislation that pushes school choice for parents and families. This move comes as the Trump administration has made school choice the centerpiece of its education agenda and is currently backed by a GOP dominated government.

That GOP dominance of state-level politics could set the stage for a nationwide shift on school choice legislation, even more so than DeVos’ confirmation, said Kenneth Wong, an education policy and politics professor at Brown University, in Providence, R.I.

Teacher Merit-Pay Law Hasn’t Boosted Student Learning, Orange Says (Orlando Sentinel)

Florida adopted legislation in 2011 that overhauled how teachers were evaluated, paid and promoted. According to new research, those measures haven’t driven the hoped-for increases in student performance over the last six years.

2 NJ Charter Schools Say Segregation Complaint Is Unfounded (NJ.com)

Two charter schools in New Jersey are fighting back after groups filed a complaint against the schools, alleging segregation. The groups state the demographics of the schools in question do not accurately reflect the community.

“The accusations against TEECS are part of an effort to harass public charter schools,” said Oguz Yildiz, Lead Person at the school said in a news release on Tuesday.

How Young Is Too Young? 36,000 Elementary School Suspensions (Cincinnati.com)

In Ohio, up to 36,000 elementary school students receive suspensions each year. The majority of those suspensions are categorized as disobedient or disruptive behavior. Senator Peggy Lehner is seeking to ban suspensions and expulsions for third grade students or younger, except for a few select cases.

“Students do need to be in school. We should not be pushing them out of school, particularly at those young grades,” (Mt. Holly Superintendent) Cosby said.