Countdown: 10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Remote Learning Could Go on for Years, Teens Lack Financial Literacy, Unions and Superintendents Say Ignore DeVos and More

10. Los Angeles Teachers Union Protests at Homes of Charter Leaders, Demanding a Moratorium on School Co-Locations

More students and staff on campuses, union leaders say, would render social distancing impossible when schools reopen. Read Now

9. Chicago Teacher Who Crossed the Picket Line Suing Union over Automatic Dues Deductions

Since Ifeoma Nkemdi crossed the picket line and withdrew her membership from the Chicago Teachers Union during the October teachers strike, she’s still been seeing $59.51 deducted from each paycheck for union dues. Read Now

8. ‘Gross Abuse of the System’: Portland District to Furlough Teachers, Boost Pay with Stimulus

Teachers in the largest school district in Oregon voted Tuesday on a proposal to furlough all staff for one day a week through July to save money during the pandemic and then use money from unemployment and the federal bailout to backfill their pay. Read Now

7. Columbus District Curriculum Audit: Lack of Planning, Direction Has Led to Inadequate, Inconsistent Education

After months of anticipation, an independent Columbus City Schools curriculum audit has painted a grim picture of the district’s academic programs. Read Now

6. A Teacher’s Dying Wish for Philly Schools

Teacher Lea DiRusso knows she won’t survive mesothelioma, but hopes Philadelphia schools makes good on its promise to protect students and staff from asbestos. Read Now

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

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EIGHTH-GRADE STUDENT: Distance Learning Is Better

I’m 13 years old. I don’t miss the other kids who talk out of turn, disrespect teachers and hit one another. Read Now

5. New Title IX Rules Will Shake Up How K-12 Schools Handle Sexual Assault

The long-awaited rules, which apply to colleges as well as K-12 schools, mark the first time the department has established regulations under the gender equity law Title IX detailing what schools must do when dealing with sexual assault cases involving students. Read Now

4. A Few Schools Reopen, But Remote Learning Could Go on for Years in U.S.

Education leaders are putting out plans that forecast some very big changes to what public school might look like in the coming months and even years. Read Now

3. Judge Rules Tennessee’s Education Savings Account Program Unconstitutional

Nashville Chancellor Anne C. Martin said the school choice program violated a section of the state constitution known as “home rule,” because the law only applied to Davidson and Shelby counties. Read Now

2. PISA Results Highlight U.S. Teens’ Limited Financial Knowledge

Compared to 19 countries, the U.S. ranked fifth, showing students have some basic understanding of money, but lack awareness of how decisions affect long-term outcomes. Read Now

1. AFT Teachers Union and Superintendents Group to Districts: Ignore DeVos’ Guidance on Aid to Private Schools

At issue is a provision in the CARES Act, which authorized billions in federal relief money for K-12 schools and requires school districts to provide “equitable services” to local private schools. Read Now

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