10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Pandemic Pods Enrage Districts, Parents Want to Boycott Schools, a Teachers Union 'Completely' Supports Guillotine Protest and More

10. Scale of Data Collection Raises Alarms about the Nature of Education Apps

It’s a back-to-school sale on your data. Read Now

9. Parent Group Calls for Boycott of Minneapolis Schools over Online Learning Plan

An organization advocating for parents and students in Minneapolis fears there’s not a solid plan in place next week’s distance learning start and that families of color are suffering the most. Read Now

8. Ohio District Bans ‘Thin Blue Line’ Flag after Football Player Carries It on Field

The “thin blue line flag” is considered a symbol of support and solidarity with members of law enforcement. Read Now

7. Former Mississippi Department of Education Director and Others Charged with Wire Fraud, Money Laundering and Bribery

Cerissa Renfroe Neal, along with her co-conspirators, were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and seven counts of wire fraud. Read Now

6. Indiana State Board of Education Votes to Equally Fund Virtual and In-Person Students, Unless They’re in Charter Schools

The Indiana State Board of Education voted Wednesday to change the definition of “virtual student” for the upcoming fall count of student enrollment. Read Now

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

Photo: Joaquin Corbalan

SAND: Could Parental Choice Swing the Election?

While government-run schooling has been the choice for a great majority of parents in recent times, change is on the horizon. Read Now

5. Schools Terminate Contracts with Online Learning Company Following Reports of Racist and Sexually Suggestive Content

Examples posted online by activists and confirmed by Kansas City-based Acellus, a learning company that contracts with about 6,000 schools, include suggestive language such as “sweetie lips” and a controversial illustration in a lesson about Harriet Tubman. Read Now

4. Biden Says Schools Would Be Open If Trump Had Done His Job

Joe Biden on Wednesday said U.S. schools are facing a “national emergency” as they struggle to reopen safely amid the coronavirus pandemic, pinning the blame squarely on President Donald Trump. Read Now

3. Trump Urges the Nation to Restore ‘Patriotic Education’ in Schools to Curb Civil Unrest in Cities

Children must be taught that America is “an exceptional, free and just nation, worth defending, preserving and protecting,” he said. Read Now

2. Chicago Teachers Union Blasted for ‘Completely’ Supporting Guillotine Protest Outside of Amazon CEO’s Home

The bizarre tweet against Bezos made little sense since the Chicago Teachers Union owns tens of millions in Amazon stock. Read Now

1. Pandemic Pods Are Disrupting Education, and Worried School Officials Are Threatening to Fire Teachers Who Lead Them

Worried school officials are sending emails claiming that pods pose just as much of a health risk as returning to the classroom. Some are warning teachers that the pods will drive inequity. Others are scrambling to figure out if they can somehow co-opt the pod model. Read Now

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