10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Parents Launch Pandemic Pods, Trump Says Funding Should Follow the Student, Teachers Unions Push Back against Reopening and More

10. New York Times Introduces New Podcast about How ‘Nice White Parents’ Get in the Way of Creating a Better Education System

“Nice White Parents” is a new podcast from Serial Productions, brought to you by The New York Times, about the 60-year relationship between white parents and the public school down the block. Read Now

9. Massachusetts Districts Faulted for Asking Parents to Sign Away Special Education Rights

“They’re preying on the fact that most parents don’t fully understand all of the laws around special education,” said Denise Sullivan, a state-appointed education advocate for students in foster care. Read Now

8. Students in High-Poverty Districts Asked to Do Less Schoolwork Than Peers in Affluent Areas during Pandemic, Survey Finds

The survey also found high-poverty districts were less likely to monitor if students completed their work, if students were interacting with their teachers, and if students were logging into their school district’s online programs. Read Now

7. Virginia District Teams Up with Southern Poverty Law Center to Develop Social Justice Curriculum for Kindergartners

Virginia kindergarten students will learn about institutional racism alongside the alphabet, according to new curriculum recommendations created for the upcoming school year. Read Now

6. Group Files Lawsuit Challenging California Governor’s Executive Order Barring Schools from Reopening

“The governor’s decision to shut down educational facilities in more than 30 counties denies children in these counties their right to a basic education,” CAL CEO and lead attorney Harmeet Dhillon said. Read Now

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BURKE: ‘Pandemic Pods’ Are Fundamentally Reshaping K-12 Education, and the Teachers Unions May Be Enabling It

The practice of organizing “pandemic pods,” in which parents team up with other families in their neighborhoods or social circles to hire teachers for their children, is getting more and more popular by the minute. Read Now

5. Florida Teachers Union Files Lawsuit to Block Reopening of Schools

As lead plaintiff, the Florida Education Association contends that ordering an unsafe return to on-site instruction at public schools is a violation of Florida’s Constitution, which requires the provision of “safe” and “secure” schools. Read Now

4. Judge Temporarily Blocks South Carolina Governor’s $32 Million Spending Plan for Private School Choice

A South Carolina circuit court judge has temporarily blocked Gov. Henry McMaster from spending $32 million in federal coronavirus aid on tuition vouchers for private school students. Read Now

3. U.S. Senator Tom Cotton Introduces Bill to Ban Federal Funding for Schools Using New York Times’s 1619 Project

Sen. Tom Cotton is proposing to bar federal funds from being used in public schools to teach a curriculum on United States history that is based on the New York Times feature focused on race as a defining feature of the nation’s story. Read Now

2. Federal School Choice Bill Proposed to Assist Families in Paying for Private School or Homeschooling During the Pandemic

Two members of the Senate education committee, chairman Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, introduced new legislation Wednesday that would provide federal aid to assist families in paying for private school or homeschooling during the pandemic. Read Now

1. WATCH: Trump Says ‘If Schools Don’t Reopen, Funding Should Go to the Parents’

At a press conference, President Donald Trump spoke for nearly ten minutes on federal policies for reopening schools. Watch Now

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