Countdown: 10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Teachers See Some Silver Linings, Private Schools Press On, Charter Networks Awarded Federal Grants and More

10. Private Schools Press on with Instruction, Knowing They Must Maintain Appeal and Enrollment

While a public school district might announce relaxed measures in response to COVID-19, private schools must maintain their distinctive appeal to ambitious parents. Read Now

9. For Students at a Lone School in California, Class Is Still On

Out of the 10,521 public schools in California, Outside Creek is the only one with its doors open. Read Now

8. Illinois Quietly Reversed Its Ban on a Dangerous Physical Restraint for Students

After a ProPublica Illinois and Chicago Tribune investigation sparked a statewide ban on some forms of seclusion and restraint of students, a small group of schools lobbied against the measure. And it worked. Read Now

7. Florida Supreme Court Rejects Districts’ Challenge to Charter School Law

At issue was the Legislature’s creation of “schools of hope,” a new form of state-authorized charter school that school districts did not have control over their approval or denial. Read Now

6. Lawsuit Accusing Mississippi of Providing Unequal Education Can Proceed, Appeals Court Says

Mississippi may stand trial on allegations the state broke its promise to provide “a uniform system of free public schools.” Read Now

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McSHANE and BEDRICK: School Districts Hoard Students Instead of Teaching Them

With the onset of the COVID-19 virus, U.S. citizens are becoming accustomed to irrational hoarding behavior. We just never imagined school districts would start hoarding students. Read Now

5. Google Classroom Users Doubled as Quarantines Spread, Widening Its Lead in the Education Market

Alphabe Inc.’s Google has jumped ahead of its big technology peers in the education market in recent years by giving away software and aggressively courting teachers. The pandemic is entrenching the tech giant even further. Read Now

4. U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $200 Million in Grants to Help 13 Charter School Networks Expand

The largest grant, $72 million over five years, went to IDEA charter network, which has been rapidly growing throughout Texas and into other states and has already netted over $200 million in federal awards. Read Now

3. Interview with Betsy DeVos on Coronavirus: What Are the Feds Doing to Help Schools?

“Students who never anticipated being distance learners, and educators who are only used to teaching in a classroom, are now having to figure out ways to keep learning going.” Read Now

2. Teachers See Some Silver Linings In Cloud of School Closures

Many teachers are finding silver linings to their changed realities. New ways of interacting with students. Also, in some respects, there are actually fewer distractions. Read Now

1. Dr. Fauci: Country Should Be in ‘Good Shape’ to Reopen Schools in the Fall

“Bottom line is, no absolute prediction, but I think we’re going to be in good shape,” Fauci said at a White House news briefing when asked whether he thinks schools will be able to start on time next school year. Read Now

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