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Unlimited Engagement: Helping Teen Readers by Giving up the Struggle

The numbers are stark and staggering. Nearly a quarter of third graders who aren’t reading at grade level will not graduate from high school by the time they are 19. Once they get beyond the literacy skill-building support of elementary school, those who fail sixth grade English run an 82 percent chance of never graduating. With the negative predictors so clear, we have to talk about teens who are struggling readers: Who are they, what do they need, and how can libraries help them?

Teachers React to the Supreme Court Ruling That Ends 'Fair Share' Union Fees

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a heavy blow to teachers' unions with their ruling in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 31.  The decision set off a firestorm of reaction, including among educators. Some teachers are excited about the prospect of no longer having to pay dues to their union, while others have reiterated their commitment to their union. Here's a sampling of some responses from teachers.

Janus, the Supreme Court, and Teachers' Unions: An Overview

The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a major blow to teachers' unions, ruling in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 31 that teachers in about half of states do not have to pay "agency" or "shop" fees if they're not union members. Get caught up on the case by reading some of our coverage below.

For Many Immigrant Families, the Fight for Reunification Is Just Beginning

Professor Zug teaches Family Law, Advanced Family Law, and American Indian law at the University of South Carolina and has been writing about the impact of the U.S. government's immigration policies on undocumented families for many years. She writes, "One thing few people currently realize —despite reassuring words from the administration— is many of these families will most likely never be reunited… Hundreds of these children have already been sent to state foster care facilities across the country where they have become wards of the state. Their care and custody decisions will be handled first by state welfare agencies and then by a state court. Reunification becomes less likely as the length of separation increases."

Lawsuit Over a Student's Deportation Sparks Furor in Boston Schools

Days after a coalition of civil rights and student advocacy groups sued the Boston schools to find out how much information the system shares with federal immigration officials, the outgoing superintendent fired back, challenging what he felt were accusations that the district targets immigrant students. The groups, led by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, allege in the lawsuit that the school system and Superintendent Tommy Chang hand over student information to immigration authorities.

'What the Eyes Don't See' in Flint

NPR's Susan Davis talks with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha about her new memoir which tells the story of her research that helped expose widespread lead poisoning of Flint, Mich.'s drinking water.