Ohio math scores lowered

The Columbus Dispatch reported: The State Board of Education lowered scores needed to meet state standards on two high-school math tests because 40 percent of students are at risk of not graduating as the result of low scores. There has been heated debate about whether this change will hurt or benefit students. Read more here.

Fourteen arrested during protest

The Raleigh News & Observer reported the following: Police arrested 14 people Wednesday evening, including several teachers, after they blocked a downtown intersection during a protest of Gov. Pat McCrory’s education policies. The Organize 2020 group, sponsored by the N.C. Association of Educators, had sought to meet with McCrory after a 23-mile protest march from Durham and North Raleigh to the State Capitol. Read more here.

Denver teachers get raises

The Denver Post reported on June 15 that Denver Public Schools officials say teachers and other school workers “are getting an average 2.61 percent raise in the upcoming school year.” The deal with the Denver Classroom Teachers Association “will add $7.6 million in teacher compensation for 2016-17 school year, with the possibility of $11.1 million if voters approve the district’s mill levy ballot proposal in November.”