Teachers in Los Angeles have almost unanimously authorized the union to call a strike, should ongoing contract negotiations continue to stall; The DeVos Department of Education issues faulty data on school shootings...and signals neutrality on whether federal education dollars can be used to buy guns for teachers. New resources include a Community Schools Playbook from the Partnership for the Future of Learning. Black Lives Matter at Schools prepares for a week of action. And AROS is set to release Confronting the Education Debt, a new report on the under-funding of schools in Black and Brown communities. All this and more in this week's NewsBlast!