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— Last-hour labor talks were set to resume today in Los Angeles, but a strike was looking more likely. A judge’s ruling, however, could determine if the strike is allowed to go forward on Thursday.
— The partial government shutdown has forced the Interior Department to postpone a final negotiated rulemaking session pertaining to Bureau of Indian Education schools, making it that much harder for the agency to meet an Education Department deadline to follow a 2015 law.
— Poll respondents overwhelmingly say they’d like to see Congress bolster K-12 education spending.
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— WILL THEY STRIKE OR WON’T THEY? Eyes are on Los Angeles where parents and school leaders brace for the possibility of a massive teacher walkout on Thursday. “There will be a strike. I think a strike is imminent now,” says American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten.
— Still, a legal dispute over whether the union gave the district proper notice of its plans could push the strike back to Monday if a judge rules in the district’s favor. Read more in the Los Angeles Times.
— Is this the start of a second wave of teacher strikes like last year’s “educator spring”? Weingarten says it’s premature to know. But she said there’s a willingness on educators’ part “not to put up with despair or with conditions that don’t work for children.”
PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN DELAYS BIE RULEMAKING: The shutdown has forced the Interior Department to postpone the final negotiated rulemaking session set for next week pertaining to oversight of the Bureau of Indian Education schools — some of the nation’s poorest and lowest performing.
— The move further complicates BIE’s ability to meet an Education Department demand that it adopt standards, assessments and an accountability system under the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act by the start of the school year this fall. Read more from your host.
FEDERAL K-12 SPENDING: A new POLITICO-Harvard poll of U.S. adults finds the vast majority of respondents say increasing K-12 spending should be an extremely important priority for the new Congress.
— Also on the spending front, the Education Department would receive an additional $165 million in disaster aid for fiscal 2019 under a supplemental funding bill released Tuesday by House Democrats. The extra funding would help schools and colleges that were affected by a range of disasters in 2018: hurricanes, California wildfires, the earthquake in Anchorage and volcanic eruptions in Hawaii.
— House Rules Chairman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said in a notice his committee is expected to take up the supplemental funding package next week. Amendments are due on Friday. More from Michael Stratford.
IOWA BOUND: Billionaire investor and potential presidential candidate Tom Steyer is playing host to a “right to learn” town hall event tonight in Ankeny, Iowa, focused on education. A press advisory said Steyer will hear about Iowans’ experiences with their education system. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. CST.
TESTING THE ‘TRUMP EFFECT’: New research out today finds that bullying rates among middle school students in Virginia in spring 2017 were 18 percent higher in localities that went for Donald Trump in 2016. Researchers say they didn’t find that Trump caused bullying to increase in Republican districts, but that their findings provide some credence that teasing and bullying did increase in some communities in the wake of Trump’s win.
— Researcher Francis Huang, a professor at the University of Missouri, tells Morning Education one possibility is that bullies switched tactics, so they’re now “invoking the name of the president.” The research was published in Educational Researcher, a journal of the American Educational Research Association. Read it here.
SCHOOL FINANCE REFORM ON TAP IN TEXAS: The state’s new House speaker reportedly stocked the legislature’s members’ lounge with cups reading “School finance reform: The time is now” on the first day of the state’s legislative session — a sign the state’s K-12 funding system may finally be on tap for an overhaul.
— “Texas must fix school funding this session,” Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted this week, calling for lawmakers to put the current funding model, known as a “Robin Hood” model because it funnels some money from wealthier districts to poorer ones, “on a path of extinction.” He also said Texas “must pay our best teachers more.”
— Lawmakers have a list of more than 30 recommendations to work with from a state panel formed last year to tackle school finance. That includes more than $1 billion in additional funding for low-income schools, as well as hundreds of millions to incentivize dual language programs and to tie teacher pay to performance. More in the Texas Tribune.
— Meanwhile, in Florida, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis reiterated his administration’s intent to expand vocational programs and school choice for students across the state.
— Many federal workers must pay for childcare during shutdown at on-site centers in federal buildings: POLITICO Pro.
— Broward Sheriff Scott Israel tells staff he’s being suspended over Parkland response: Miami Herald.
— “Kings Dominion” repeal among 2019 Va. education bills: WTOP.
— While New York City schools are deeply segregated, some black families are choosing an alternative to integration: New York Times.
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