5-7-19 Education in the News

Chalkbeat--Betsy DeVos praises Tennessee’s voucher program, but won’t say whether undocumented immigrants should be excluded

While addressing education reporters from around the nation, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said she was “thrilled” Tennessee has passed a voucher program, and that it is up to the state to work out if immigrant and undocumented students qualify for it.

DeVos’ talk on Monday at the Education Writers Association national conference in Baltimore comes less than a week after Tennessee lawmakers passed a major voucher bill, creating an education savings account program that will give taxpayer money to eligible families to pay for private school tuition or related education services.


Caroline Bauman|May 6, 2019



The Hechinger Report--OPINION: Rethinking school choice policies, the ‘myth of meritocracy’

Yes, the latest college admissions scandal is relevant

The fallacy of education as a level playing field is something that large swaths of the public have known for a long time.

Made more apparent in recent years with the widespread expansion of school-choice policies nationwide, the latest college admissions scandal may be the final nail in the coffin of the myth of meritocracy in U.S. higher education.


Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj  and  Allison Roda| May 7, 2019



NPR--1A Across America: The Growing Trend Of The Four-Day School Week

More and more school districts across the U.S. are embracing the four-day school week.

Right now, nearly 560 districts in 25 states have adopted the change, with most implementing a Monday-Thursday schedule. The trend is especially popular in rural areas.


Text by Kathryn Fink| May 6, 2019