10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Kamala Harris' Past Truancy Comments Under Fire, Districts Create Their Own Pandemic Pods, Trump Wants Money to Follow the Student and More

10. District Includes ‘Black and Brown’ Students Among Those Getting Priority Placement for In-Person Learning

Illinois District 65 said it will prioritize students from racial minority groups if more families opt to return to school in September than the district can accommodate under its social distancing guidelines. Read Now

9. Interest in Homeschooling Has ‘Exploded’ amid Pandemic

As parents nationwide prepare to help their children with more distance learning, a small but quickly growing number are deciding to take matters entirely into their own hands and begin homeschooling. Read Now

8. Private Schools Report an Uptick in Interest as School Districts Announce Online Starts

Families unhappy with their district’s fall plan have begun looking elsewhere. Read Now

7. Magnet Schools Consider Changing Admissions to Increase Diversity, but Some Say It Will Result in Lowered Academic Standards

Some parents and alumni of magnet schools say they are worried the changes will entail relaxing admissions standards and lowering the schools’ quality. Read Now

6. CNN Reveals What Online Schools that Compete Already Knew: All Online Education Isn’t the Same

Online education done deliberately isn’t as simple as sending home packets or directing students toward which YouTube videos to watch. Read Now

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

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STEPMAN: Get Your Kids Out of Public School

We are standing on the precipice of the biggest education revolution in generations. Read Now

5. Shadow Schools? Class Is in Session — at the YMCA and Roller Rink

A roller rink. The YMCA. Houses of worship. All are creating makeshift classrooms this fall as school campuses remain closed around the country because of the pandemic. Read Now

4. Public School Teacher Worries about Parents Listening in on Virtual Classes

Matthew Kay, who teaches English at the Science Leadership Academy, a Philadelphia public school, tweeted over the weekend he is concerned about the “damage” that “helicopter parents” might cause if they overhear lessons on topics such as gender and sexuality. Read Now

3. School Districts Are Creating Their Own Pandemic Pods

Variations on the theme are popping up around the country. Read Now

2. Kamala Harris’ Record of Prosecuting Parents for Truancy Comes Under Fire

Former Vice President Joe Biden announced California Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice presidential pick on Tuesday. Harris’ own primary campaign was defined in part by education issues. Read Now

1. Trump: If Schools Don’t Reopen, We Want Funding to Follow the Student, but ‘We’re Having a Hard Time with the Democrats’

President Donald Trump on Wednesday outlined a funding model that favors schools that reopen for in-person instruction while allowing families to directly tap their share of the federal dollars in schools that do not. Read Now

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