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10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

School Closures May Cost Economy $700B, Curriculum Modified in Response to Black Lives Matter, Trump Promises School Choice at RNC and More

10. ‘I Want Him Actually Learning’: Virtual Charters See Spike in Interest and Enrollment across the Country

The full scale of the enrollment increase won’t be clear for months. Read Now

9. Judge Rules Florida’s School Reopening Order Unconstitutional

The ruling comes from two lawsuits, one from Orange County and another from the statewide teachers union, both challenging Florida’s school reopening order issued by Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran. Read Now

8. Two Reports Show Charters Were Quicker to Provide Instruction, Regular Contact During Closures

Charter schools appeared to follow a more routine class schedule and stay in closer contact with students and families following shutdowns than district schools. Read Now

7. Federal Appeals Court Rules Virginia District’s Ban on Bathroom Use According to Gender Identity Is Unconstitutional

In the majority opinion, the appeals court wrote that Grimm was forced to use “special bathrooms that might as well have said ‘Gavin’ on the sign.” Read Now

6. Gallup Poll: Parents’ Satisfaction with Child’s Education Drops 10 Percentage Points Since Last Year, Homeschooling Doubles

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt schools in the U.S., parents of school-age children are significantly less satisfied than they were a year ago with the education their oldest child is receiving. Read Now


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

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BLACK: Education Equity Is Messaged by the Establishment as Critically Important, Unless the Question Is Charter School Funding

How you’re treated depends in large part on what type of school your family has chosen for you. If you’re in a traditional public school, you get more money, more assets, more resources. If you’re in a charter public school, you get less money, less assets, less resources. Read Now


5. Two Federal Judges Block DeVos’ Rule Distributing Coronavirus Relief to Private Schools

The pair of rulings amount to a major setback for DeVos, as she seeks to oversee the roughly $16 billion pot of emergency assistance Congress laid out for K-12 schools in the CARES Act in March. Read Now

4. Bipartisan Federal School Choice Legislation Introduced to Increase Educational Options for Families

The School Choice Now Act would allocate a portion of coronavirus relief funds to help low-income families struggling to pay their students’ private-school tuition or other educational expenses. Read Now

3. Schools across the Country Are Modifying Their Curriculum in Response to Black Lives Matter

‘We can’t control what happens with the police, but we can control what happens in our school systems,’ said Michael McFarland, head of the National Alliance of Black School Educators. Read Now

2. Keeping Schools Closed Could Cost the Economy at Least $700 Billion, Report Says

When schools close down, the whole economy suffers. Read Now

1. Trump Promotes School Choice and Patriotic Education at Republican National Convention

“Biden also vowed to oppose school choice and close down charter schools, ripping away the ladder of opportunity for Black and Hispanic children,” Trump said.

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