10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Rand Paul Wants to Empower Families, Illinois Leaders Want to Abolish History, Children Cope with Closures and More

10. Self-Described ‘Social Justice Warrior’ Will Be the Next President of the NEA Teachers Union

Becky Pringle told Education Week that she will shepherd teachers through what will be a tumultuous school year as schools decide whether to reopen for in-person instruction or continue with remote learning, while also championing efforts around racial equity and justice. Read Now

9. Memphis Superintendent Asks for $2,000 ‘Hero Bonus’ for All Staff

“I don’t want anyone to say we didn’t ask,” Superintendent Joris Ray said, as he updated elected officials on the district’s remote-only learning plan. Read Now

8. Maryland County Doubles Down Effort to Keep Private Schools Closed, Issues New Order to Block In-Person Classes until October

The county has been in a dispute with Gov. Larry Hogan for the last several days over who has the authority to determine whether private schools can bring students back to campus. Read Now

7. Tents, Yurts and Snowsuits: Schools Seeking Alternatives to Remote Learning Move Classes Outside

While some educators remain skeptical, others see outdoor classrooms as a way to make in-person learning safer during the pandemic. Read Now

6. 18-Tweet Thread Describes Concept in Woke Math that ‘2+2 Can Sometimes Equal 5’

People are saying 2+2=5. Among them are teachers who plan on teaching this to children. Read Now

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

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BOWDON: Unions’ Message to Conservative Teachers: ‘Can’t You Take a Hint? Get Out!’

Why even bother tallying presidential preferences of Republican dues-paying union members when it’s easier to inform the pollster in advance to ignore them and quickly move on to the teachers who matter? Read Now

5. The Federal Government Gives Native Students an Inadequate Education, and Gets Away With It

The Bureau of Indian Education has repeatedly neglected warnings that it is not providing a quality education for 46,000 Native students. Once called a “stain on our Nation’s history,” the school system has let down its students for generations. Read Now

4. Survey Reveals Children Coped Well with School Closures

Without school, children exhibited increased independence and responsibility. Read Now

3. Chicago-Area Leaders Call for Illinois to Abolish History Classes

At a news conference, State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford said current history teachings lead to a racist society and overlook the contributions of women and minorities. Read Now

2. Senator Rand Paul Introduces SCHOOL Act to Empower Parents

The Support Children Having Open Opportunities for Learning (SCHOOL) Act would provide parents and students flexibility and options regarding K-12 education. Read Now

1. ‘RIP GRANDMA’: Carrying Fake Coffins and Gravestones, Teachers Unions Take Par in National Day of Resistance

Protesters in at least three dozen school districts across the country took to the streets Monday. Read Now

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