10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Social Services Knocks When Kids Don't Log In, Parents Told Not to Monitor Virtual Lessons, Teachers Unions Test Goodwill and More

10. The Dystopian Tech that Companies Are Selling to Help Schools Reopen Sooner

This fall, AI could be watching students social distance and checking their masks. Read Now

9. Democrats’ Platform: ‘More Stringent Guardrails’ for Charter Schools, End Use of ‘High-Stakes Tests’

The party’s platform, which Democrats officially adopted on Tuesday, pledges to use federal programs to promote school integration through magnet schools and transportation initiatives. Read Now

8. Sacramento Officials Order Private School to Close, Saying It Violated Mandates by Classifying Itself as Daycare

County health chief Dr. Peter Beilenson said the county reviewed what the school is doing and determined it to be an “end run” around the state’s current ban for on-site schooling in Sacramento County. Read Now

7. Federal Judge Blocks Idaho Law that Bars Athletes Born Male from Competing in Girls School Sports

Idaho’s “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” will now be on pause while the judge continues to decide whether the law violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the 14th Amendment, as well as the unlawful searches and seizures clause of the Fourth Amendment. Read Now

6. Teachers Unions Test Goodwill with Strike Threats, Lawsuits and Hardball Negotiations

In addition to safety measures, some unions are pressing for police-free schools, canceling rents and mortgages, and bans on new charter programs and standardized testing. Read Now

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DeANGELIS: School Reopenings Linked to Union Influence and Politics, Not Safety

New data suggest that school districts in states with stronger teachers unions are significantly less likely to reopen in person this fall. Read Now

5. Professors to White Parents: Keep Your Kids in Public Schools to Show You’re Not Racist

The University of Minnesota’s Abby Rombalski and Carleton College’s Anita Chikkatur, both professors of education, write in that (white) parents who transfer their kids to private or charter schools end up putting funding for public schools “at serious risk.” Read Now

4. Arizona Teachers Union Guiding ‘Sick-Out’ in District, Per Leaked Video

Teachers from an Arizona school conducted a mass call-off, forcing district officials to cancel their scheduled first day of school Monday. Read Now

3. Tennessee District Asks Parents to Sign Forms Agreeing Not to Monitor Their Child’s Virtual Classrooms

The form asks parents for their signature and warns that “violation of this agreement may result in RCS removing my child from the virtual meeting.” Read Now

2. Massachusetts Parents Say School Officials Are Reporting Them to Social Services after Students Fail to Log into Class

Massachusetts school officials have reported dozens of families to state social workers for possible neglect charges because of issues related to their children’s participation in remote learning classes. Read Now

1. Gallup Poll: Only 10% of Parents ‘Very Confident’ in Ability of Their Child’s School to Provide High-Quality Education This Fall

A majority of public-school teachers are confident (35%) or very confident (21%) they can successfully teach students this fall, and an additional 33% are somewhat confident. Read Now

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