Countdown: 10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Unexpected Effects of Quarantine on Kids, Teachers Unions Plan to ‘Scream Bloody Murder,’ School Districts Give Up and More

10. DeVos Recommends Maintaining Core Parts of Federal Special Education Law amid Pandemic

Disability rights advocates were concerned that U.S. Secretary of Education was going to attempt to gut the law. Read Now

9. Local News Station: Baltimore County District Withholding Documents on Criminals in Schools

Project Baltimore spent the last six months trying to get answers on behalf of parents, and even lawmakers, who were stunned to learn that convicted criminals can attend public schools. Read Now

8. Judge to Decide in the Next Week If Tennessee’s New School Choice Program Can Begin in the Fall

Two lawsuits filed over the program each ask the judge to temporarily stop the program before it is implemented in Nashville and Memphis, giving the courts time decide its legality. Read Now

7. These Books Are Gaining Ground in an Alaskan Town after a School Board Voted to Remove Them from Class

Concerns about the pieces of literature, according to a flier, included sexual references, rape, racial slurs, scenes of violence and profanity. Read Now

6. Study Finds ‘Historic’ Dip in Reading and Math Scores Since Common Core Adoption

While Common Core was promoted as improving the international competitiveness of U.S. students in math, the country’s international standing has remained low, while the skills of average and lower-performing students have dropped in both math and reading. Read Now

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REED: The Myth that Americans Were Poorly Educated before Mass Government Schooling

Even without laptops and swimming pools, and on a fraction of what government schools spend today, Americans were a surprisingly learned people in our first hundred years. Read Now

5. DeVos to States: For Extra Relief Money, Create a Virtual School or Voucher-Like Program

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will use $180 million in federal coronavirus relief earmarked for the hardest-hit states to create voucher-like grants for parents and to expand virtual education. Read Now

4. Some Districts Are Giving Up and Ending the School Year Early

Shift online ‘has created an extra burden and extra stress,’ one superintendent says. Read Now

3. Despite Trump’s Nudging, Schools Are Likely to Stay Shut for Months

All but a few states have suspended in-person classes for the rest of the academic year, and some are preparing for the possibility of shutdowns or part-time schedules in the fall. Read Now

2. ‘Scream Bloody Murder’: National Teachers Unions Warn of Possible Strikes If Schools Reopen without Certain Safety Measures

The nation’s two biggest teachers unions say they would consider strikes or major protests if schools reopen without the proper safety measures in place or against the advice of medical experts — raising the possibility of yet more school disruptions. Read Now

1. Why Some Kids Are Happier Right Now, and Other Unexpected Effects of Quarantine

A number of parents are encountering a similar (and unexpected) response to shelter-in-place rules: Their children seem happier. Read Now

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