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Families Blocked from Homeschooling, Teachers Don't Want to Go Back to School, Feds Say Transgender Sports Policy Violates Civil Rights and More

10. Only 12% of Teachers Say They’ve Covered Full Curriculum They Would Have If School Hadn’t Closed Due to Coronavirus

Only nine percent of teachers in schools serving high percentages of low-income students or students of color reported that all or nearly all of their students were completing assignments, compared to roughly a quarter of teachers in other schools. Read Now

9. Open Letter from 215 Members of the Education Establishment Calls on Biden to Reverse ‘Failed Billionaire-Backed’ Agenda

Biden has promised that if elected, he would, among other things, triple the federal funding for high-poverty schools, increase teachers’ salaries and ban for-profit charter schools. Read Now

8. Pandemic Boosts School Leaders’ Interest in ‘Mastery-Based’ Learning

The pandemic killed “seat time,” at least temporarily. Read Now

7. Teachers Say Lessons about Vaccines Are Increasingly Tricky as Parents’ Opinions ‘Make Their Way into the Classroom’

“A lot of time they haven’t thought in-depth, they’re teenagers, it’s more so their parents’ decisions … there’s still time we can intervene as science teachers and let them see the evidence and come to their own conclusion,” Rebecca Brewer said. Read Now

6. Charter School Operator to Launch New Two-Year College to ‘Reimagine What Higher Ed Looks Like’

Founding a new institution during a global pandemic might not seem like the right move, but Seth Andrew thinks this is the perfect time for change. Read Now


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BURKE: School Districts Owe Taxpaying Parents a COVID-19 Refund

When states closed schools, most encouraged school districts to move instruction online. But the degree to which they’re doing so varies greatly. Read Now


5. New York Times Story Concedes DeVos’ Plan to Allocate Relief Money Would Help Struggling Private Schools — And Disadvantaged Families

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says she will force public school superintendents to share coronavirus rescue funds with private schools, some of which are facing ruin. Read Now

4. ‘My Blood Curdles in Anger’: Hundreds of Lawsuits Across the U.S. Allege Schools Keep Mishandling Sexual Assault Complaints

Federal investigations uncovered schools that failed to meet the most basic legal requirements — like having someone in charge of Title IX. Read Now

3. If Schools Reopen in the Fall, 20% of Teachers Unlikely to Go Back, 60% of Parents Likely to Pursue At-Home Learning Options

Most Americans expect schools to reopen in the fall, but a stunning number of teachers and students may not be there. Read Now

2. U.S. Department of Education: Connecticut’s Policy of Letting Students Born as Boys Compete in Girls’ Athletics Violates Title IX

The office said in the 45-page letter that it may seek to withhold federal funding over the policy, which allows athletes to participate under the gender with which they identify. Read Now

1. Homeschool Organization Says Public Schools Are Blocking Parents from Withdrawing Kids

Parents in several states nationwide are “shocked” to find they can’t withdraw their children from public school, the largest U.S. legal organization for homeschool families says. Read Now

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