Countdown: 10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Trump Threatens to Cut Closed Schools' Aid, DeVos Suggests Funding Families, Biden Proposes a 'Teacher-Oriented Department of Education’ and More

10. NYC Education Council Member Freaks Out over White Colleague Having Non-White Baby on His Lap

Council member Thomas Wrocklage had long-standing family friends visiting for the day. He held his friend’s nephew on his lap. Read Now

9. Minnesota District Wants to Use Eminent Domain to Seize Charter School’s Property

The school district contends that it had to condemn the charter school property — a step required to exercise eminent domain — because no other land was available for a project that had been in the works for years. Read Now

8. California Legislation Forces Charter School to Put Students Back on Wait List

“I just feel like as a parent why don’t we have our freedom of choice? Why did you make this decision now? Why?” Dezi Padilla said. Read Now

7. North Carolina’s Homeschool Application Portal Becomes Inaccessible Due to Volume of Requests

Since the portal opened for the 2020-2021 school year July 1, it has been inaccessible due to the volume of requests. Read Now

6. ‘How the Hell Are We Going to Do This?’ The Panic over Reopening Schools

Pediatricians say schools should strive to bring kids back to classrooms. Teachers unions are on the verge of revolt, in fear of infections. Local school districts are struggling with everything from technology to staging schools for socially distanced learning. Read Now

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


IGLESIAS: Mother Knows Best: Why I Fight for School Choice

Are government schools really giving children the education they deserve? If you think the answer is “yes,” you haven’t asked a parent with a child stuck in a bad school. Watch Now

5.  U.S. Supreme Court Says Constitution Protects Religious Schools’ Right to Hire and Fire Staff on Grounds of Religious Principles

The court said constitutional language that protects religious freedom barred the teachers from suing their religious schools for employment discrimination. Read Now

4. States Sue to Block Coronavirus Relief Funds from Going to Private Schools

“Today’s announcement is about stopping the Trump administration’s latest effort to steal from working families to give it to the very privileged,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said. Read Now

3. Biden: I Will Have a ‘Teacher-Oriented Department of Education’

In an address to delegates of the nation’s largest teachers’ union, Joe Biden promised that if he is elected president, teachers will have more say in how education decisions are made. Read Now

2. Trump Threatens to Cut Federal Aid if Schools Don’t Reopen

Determined to reopen America’s schools despite coronavirus worries, President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to hold back federal money if school districts don’t bring their students back in the fall. Read Now

1. DeVos Suggests Giving Parents Federal Education Money If Their Schools ‘Refuse to Open’

On Thursday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos vaguely suggested the funding wouldn’t necessarily be cut, it just may be available for families to use in a different way. Read Now

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