Countdown: 10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Joe Biden's School Choice Question, Why Affirmative Action in High Schools Doesn't Work, New Motives for Homeschooling and More

10. How Did Parents Address a Reading ‘Crisis’ in NYC’s Education System? They Created a Charter School

Some city parents were so desperate that they rewrote the script — by founding their own school. Read Now

9. Mississippi Supreme Court Tosses Charter School Lawsuit

The SPLC filed the lawsuit, claiming the state’s charter school law, particularly the issue of local tax dollars going to them, is unconstitutional and harmful to students. Read Now

8. Nonreligious Motives Propel Homeschooling Boom in North Carolina

Today’s home schools draw more students for a variety of reasons: to provide additional academic flexibility or rigor, to offer a student-driven experience called unschooling, or increasingly, to avoid the social pressures of school. Read Now

7. With More Choice, DC Families Are Unlinking Their Housing and School Decisions

Over the last decade, DC’s school-aged population has grown along with its overall number of residents, and housing prices have climbed as well. Read Now

6. Pennsylvania Governor: When Charter Schools and Districts Have Disputes over Tuition Payments, Charters Must Pay Fee

Governor Tom Wolf on Wednesday announced that the state Department of Education will enact new fees directed at charter schools. Read Now

It’s Halftime! This Week’s #CommentaryOfTheWeek:

photo: Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times, via Associated Press

BROOKS: When Elizabeth Warren Agreed with Betsy DeVos

“An all-voucher system would be a shock to the educational system, but the shakeout might be just what the system needs,” they continued. This is exactly the argument that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos uses to support school choice. Read Now

5. Starting This School Year, Illinois Schools Will Be Required to Teach Contributions of LGBTQ People

The Inclusive Curriculum Law mandates that by the time students finish eighth grade, public schools must teach them about contributions to state and U.S. history made by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Read Now

4. Unresolved Crisis: Nearly 13,000 Boston Students Chronically Absent Each Year

Nearly a fifth of high schoolers — more than 3,000 teens — are “off-track,” unlikely to graduate with the usual four-year schedule. Read Now

3. New Studies Show Affirmative Action at Elite High Schools May Actually Hurt Disadvantaged Students

While all students were likely to see their class ranks adversely affected (a predictable result of gaining a horde of extra-diligent classmates), the most disadvantaged saw the biggest declines. Read Now

2. More Than 10,000 Rhode Island Students Submit 20,000 Applications for Only 1,800 Available Charter School Seats

The demand is clear: a lot of Rhode Island families want to send their children to charter schools, fueling one of the most contentious educational shifts in recent history. Read Now

1. Does Joe Biden Remember His Question about School Choice on the Senate Floor?

He posed the kind of questions that we might not expect to hear from the 2019-edition candidate Biden, such as, “Is it not possible that giving poor kids a way out will force the public schools to improve and result in more people coming back?” Read Now

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