A Bit of Good News in a County That Closed All Its Libraries

As volunteers step up to run community libraries, a new intergovernmental agreement in southwest Oregon gives local advocates there some new hope.

Amid Attacks, Teachers Weigh Their Safety Against Student Privacy

Sharing students’ criminal records with schools may violate their privacy, but some lawmakers think it will make teachers safer. Not all teachers are so sure.

How Much Every State’s Annual GDP Will Increase If Dreamers Stay

California would see, at minimum, an extra $6.1 billion a year if Congress passes the bipartisan Dream Act, and other states' gains are significant—especially as Dreamers get their degrees.

To Improve Teacher Training, States Try ‘Micro-Credentials’

The new teacher education courses can be taken whenever teachers have time, not on scheduled dates, and from wherever they want, including their living rooms.

Student Loan Interest Deduction Should Factor Into Debates on Student Debt, Tax Code

Provision’s federal price tag has grown rapidly in recent years; cost in many states is unclear

The Controversy Behind Chicago's Diploma Mandate

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to set students up for success after graduation. But at public schools, even the best ideas often have unintended consequences.

Creative Workforce Programs Aim to Stave Off Economic Decline in Maine

Public officials and business leaders worry about a demographic implosion and lagging educational achievements that put the state’s economy at risk.

Trump Administration Puts on Hold an Obama-Era Desegregation Effort

The rule would have helped poor Americans move to more expensive neighborhoods with better schools.

Protecting Student-Athletes From Heat, Head Injuries

In 2014-15, the last year for which there are statistics, 22 high school athletes died, 14 of them football players.

Charlottesville May Put the Brakes on Campus Free Speech Laws

A protester’s death at a white supremacist march in Virginia showed how hateful speech can lead to violence.

Collaborating to Close Silicon Valley’s ‘Homework Gap’

A new partnership in San José plans to distribute free mobile hotspots to 1 million low-income students over five years.

UCLA Notifies 32,000 Students of Cyberattack

The hacked server housed personal information including names, birthdates, Social Security numbers, health insurance IDs and some medical information supplied by the students.

A More Holistic Approach to Social Problem-Solving Requires Interagency Collaboration

Researchers and governments have teamed up through the Silicon Valley Regional Data Trust to craft better public policy and metrics.

Why More States Are Getting Serious About Sunscreen

Prompted by dermatologists, more states are allowing kids to bring sunscreen to school. But opponents worry about liability for school employees and potential allergies.

This U.S. State Now Lets Anyone—Not Just Parents—Request to Ban Books in Schools

The new law effectively institutionalizes censorship, with broad criteria like “not suited to student needs.”

‘Ban the Box’ Movement Scores Win in America’s Most Incarcerated State

In Louisiana, public universities will be prohibited from asking about criminal history on admission applications.

Dogged Fiscal Showdown in Illinois Gives Local School Leaders Major Heartburn

Also in our State and Local Weekend News Digest: Latino homelessness surges in L.A. County; clogged drain pipes flood N.C. town for 2nd time in 3 weeks; and Alaska’s struggle to fund homes for senior citizens.

This Massachusetts County Tells the 40-Year Story of U.S. Jobs

Service-sector work in health care and education is replacing manufacturing.

Why Universities Charge Extra for Engineering, Business and Nursing Degrees

Charging additional fees or higher tuition for costly majors has become common practice at public research universities.