School Choice Weekly #173
A California middle school has had its funding cut because it doesn’t enroll a high-enough percentage of non-white students. Los Angeles’ ABC7 reports:
Outrage has grown at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, as the school faces layoffs and increased class sizes due to a law limiting funds for schools with a higher white student body.
The Los Angeles Unified School District provides more funding for schools where the white population is below 30 percent.
In a letter to parents, the district noted the highly regarded middle school had been above the percentage for the past couple years.
The racial formula was a condition imposed by court decisions dealing with desegregation in the 1970s.
Outrageous, indeed, and yet another example of why government shouldn’t be involved in mandating where children are educated, or anything else involving education, for that matter.
IN THIS ISSUE:
- TEXAS: A group of protesters gathered to gripe about school choice programs “defunding public education” in the Lone Star State.
- ESAs: Education savings accounts could increase teachers’ salaries, according to the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
- CONNECTICUT: Connecticut’s mayor says the state’s mandated desegregation practices are keeping minority students out of better schools.
- NORTH DAKOTA: As more parents seek alternative education options, school choice is gaining traction in North Dakota.
- CODING: Some Utah children are being taught computer coding as early as kindergarten.
- SEL: Minneapolis is looking at what Chicago has done in terms of Social and Emotional Learning in a quest to implement some SEL lessons of their own.
- INDIANA: Indiana’s legislature is considering a bill to require the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board to provide teachers information about union alternatives.
- ILLEGALS: Some illegal immigrants in Connecticut are reportedly worried they’ll be deported if they are found out through free and reduced-price school lunch programs.
- REGULATIONS: President Donald Trump signed two bills overturning Obama-era education regulations, The Washington Post reports.
- DOE: A second Republican Congressman has filed a bill to eliminate the Department of Education.
- EARLY START: Nevada is considering legislation to require that children start school at age five.
- CATHOLICS: A New York principal is accused of excluding Catholic kids from his school.