Countdown: 10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

A Huge Win for School Choice, Teachers Unions Revolt, Parents Worry about Continued Online Learning 'Hell' and More

10. Teachers Are Reinventing How Black History Is Taught in Schools

Though slavery is taught in history classes, only 8% of high school seniors could identify slavery as the central cause of the Civil War, according to research conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in 2017. Read Now

9. Houston District Under State Investigation Again — This Time for Special Education

While state officials typically handle several individual special education complaints brought by HISD families each year, the current investigation dives into HISD’s district-wide performance and could produce far more serious consequences. Read Now

8. Seattle District Passes Resolution that Includes Creating LGBTQ Curriculum, Adding ‘All-Genders’ Bathrooms

The resolution also reaffirms some policies and practices already in place, including the option to mark “x” gender. Read Now

7. Six New York City Teachers Ousted in ‘Witch Hunt’ over Alleged Grade-Fixing Scandal

Cobbie Hill High School ousted six of its 34 teachers Friday in a bloodbath staffers called retaliation by Principal Ann Maria Mule over embarrassing leaks involving alleged grade-fixing. Read Now

6. School Districts Worried about Pushback from Anti-Vaxxers Turned Anti-Maskers

The anti-vaccine movement has seized on mask orders and stay-at-home restrictions as similar infringements on their bodily autonomy and constitutional rights. Read Now

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GENTLES: If Schools Don’t Open in the Fall, Funding Should Follow the Child

As public school systems are wont to do, districts have declared that they absolutely must receive more funding in order to open in the fall. Read Now

5. Many School Reopening Plans Rely on Hybrid Learning, and Parents Worry Online Education ‘Hell’ Will Continue

Yet America’s educators know little about how to improve the online learning experience – and many districts are spending almost no time trying to figure it out before the fall term starts. Read Now

4. Leader of African American Council: St. Paul Board Members Who Voted to Remove School Officers Will Have ‘Blood’ on Hands

Tyrone Terrill, who wrote a Sunday night email to board members in partnership with the St. Paul Black Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, said the board was acting “on emotions and not facts.” Read Now

3. Inside a Decade’s Worth of Harassment and Abuse Complaints at One California High School

A new accusation against a Westview High School employee is just the latest in a string of sexual assault and harassment incidents to have surfaced at the school over the last decade. Read Now

2. Teachers Unions Revolt against School Reopening Plans

Across the country, teachers in places like Florida, Texas and Washington, D.C., are starting to push back against plans to reopen schools. Read Now

1. Supreme Court Rules Exclusion of Religious Schools from School Choice Program Violates the Constitution

“A state need not subsidize private education. But once a state decides to do so, it cannot disqualify some private schools solely because they are religious,” Chief Justice John Roberts said. Read Now

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