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10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Teachers Protest Reopening, Districts Make the Call to Start the Year Virtually, DeVos Criticized for Full-Time Learning Push and More

10. Judge Sends Teen to Juvenile Detention for Violating Probation by Not Completing Online Schoolwork During Pandemic

“It just doesn’t make any sense,” said the girl’s mother. Read Now

9. Lawsuit Accuses School Districts Across the Country of Abandoning Special Education Kids During Pandemic

The case argues that districts ignored federal law by failing to provide legally mandated services to kids who suffer from mental and physical deficits after the closure of schools in March. Read Now

8. ‘I Can’t Teach from a Coffin’: Across the Country, Teachers, Parents and Students Hit the Streets to Protest Reopening of Schools

In Detroit, dozens of parent and teacher protesters blocked school buses from leaving to pick up students for summer school. Read Now

7. From Los Angeles to Atlanta, School Districts Make the Call to Start the Year Virtually

The decision to return to full-time virtual learning in several cities marks a sea change, upending the expectations that many educators, parents, and students had earlier this summer. Read Now

6. ‘I Wouldn’t Trust You to Care for My House Plant’: DeVos Criticized for Call to Get Kids Back in School

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos doubled down Sunday on her call to fully reopen schools and have children return to “learning full-time” in person by the fall. Read Now


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STEPMAN: The View’s Joy Behar Is Just Plain Wrong about Education Funding Cuts

Sorry Joy, you may have been a teacher, but according to the hard data, you’re just flat-out wrong: education spending has actually increased in real dollars over the last few decades. Read Now


5. Coronavirus Preparedness Differences Driving Switching between Public and Private Schools

As many institutions evaluate reopening plans for the fall, some families will choose the schools that hold in-person classes, regardless of whether they are public or private. Read Now

4. Arkansas District Allegedly Denies Enrollment to White Children Because of Their Skin Color

Schools in Garland County, Arkansas, are still required to comply with a 1989 law that determines parent choice of district based on whether a child’s race in the desired district exceeds the percentage in the family’s resident district. Read Now

3. Trump Administration, Congressional Republicans Eye Tying School Aid to Reopening in Next Funding Bill

The debate comes as Congress prepares for next round of coronavirus relief talks. Read Now

2. Analysis: Michigan Teachers Union and Its Health Insurance Trust Raked in at Least $11 Million in Small Business Bailout Money

The union received $49 million in dues money in 2019 and held almost $21 million in marketable securities, along with tens of millions more in fixed assets, such as the seven buildings it owns. Read Now

1. Micro-Schools, Homeschooling, Personal Tutors: Families Are Taking Their Kids’ Education into Their Own Hands

Parents, fearing their kids won’t see the inside of a classroom this fall, are ginning up an alternative familiar to the Home Depot crowd: Do-it-yourself. Read Now

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