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Only 54% of Los Angeles Unified School District seniors are “on track to graduate” from high school this June. Massive efforts are underway to place students in special “credit recovery” programs, a controversial way for students to quickly make up classes they’ve failed. The district’s school board already lowered requirements last June, changing the minimum passing grade from a C to a D. L.A. Unified graduation rates had previously been climbing, having reached 74% in 2015. (Forbes, 2-12-16)

If further evidence was needed that there are flaws in the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education law, called the Every Student Succeeds Act, it has arrived. The liberal-leaning National Education Association (NEA) teachers union has named U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) to be co-recipients of its annual Friend of Education award “for their efforts in shepherding ESSA through Congress.” Alexander will be the first Republican to receive the award since 1984. (, 2-22-16)

Eleven choir members on a field trip to a singing competition from the affluent Grosse Pointe South public high school became ill after eating marijuana-infused cookies. Adult chaperones were unaware that students had the drugged cookies, which police say were supplied by two recent graduates who got the pot from a current medical marijuana card holder. As punishment, the 11 students who were all aware that the cookies were drugged won’t be allowed to go to Ireland with the choir to compete. (, 2-11-16)

The number of Americans supporting school choice, the right of parents to determine where their children attend school, has grown to 70%. Those polled say they’re 64% more likely to vote for candidates who support school choice, and that rises to about 76% among hispanics and millennials. (, 2-18-16)