10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

President Trump Anounces 'The 1776 Commission,' Parents Flee from Public Schools, Districts Scramble to Find Substitute Teachers and More

10. The Pandemic Has Parents Fleeing from Schools — Maybe Forever

COVID-19 is a catalyst for families who were already skeptical of the traditional school system—and are now thinking about leaving it for good. Read Now

9. Parents Across the Country File Lawsuits to Halt School Face Mask Mandates

As officials respond to the public health emergency, the lawsuits highlight fierce pushback among some citizens who argue that the mask requirements amount to government overreach. Read Now

8. U.S. Department of Education Threatens to Withhold Funding from Schools That Allow Biological Males to Compete in Girls Sports

The U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights argues the policy violates the civil rights of girls who are not transgender under Title IX, the federal law that guarantees equal opportunities in education. Read Now

7. Survey Finds ‘Shocking’ Lack of Holocaust Knowledge among Millennials and Gen Z

Sixty-three percent of those surveyed did not know 6 million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. Over half of those thought the toll was under 2 million. Read Now

6. House Passes Bill to Allow Civil Lawsuits against Public Schools that ‘Discriminate’

The House Wednesday passed legislation that would allow private parties to file lawsuits under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, claiming local school policies discriminated against students of color regardless of their explicit intent. Read Now

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

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SANZI: Stop Trying to Indoctrinate Our Kids

I really don’t need activists trying to indoctrinate my children under the guise of classroom teaching. Read Now

5. WATCH: Teachers Union President Says, ‘You Know How We Feel about Charter Schools,’ Biden Interrupts, ‘Same Way I Feel’

In an unlisted YouTube video, National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García calls charter schools “very misguided school reforms” in discussion with Joe Biden. Watch Now

4. Schools Scramble to Find Substitutes as Teachers Opt Out of Returning to the Classroom

Schools around the U.S. are scrambling to find replacements and in some places lowering certification requirements to help get substitutes in the door. Read Now

3. Education Leaders Fear a Big Increase in High School Dropouts Is on the Horizon

With more than half of school districts using hybrid or remote models, they fear struggling students will disengage from their school systems without a fully in-person option. Read Now

2. New Report Estimates School Closures’ Long-Term Impact on the U.S. Economy at More Than $14 Trillion

This year’s school closures won’t just result in the loss of students’ academic skills; it could negatively impact the economy for the rest of the 21st century, new research predicts. Read Now

1. ‘The 1776 Commission’: Trump to Sign Executive Order Combating Schools Teaching Students to Be ‘Ashamed’ of America

“Critical race theory, the 1619 Project, and the crusade against American history is toxic propaganda — an ideological poison that, if not removed, will dissolve the civic bonds that tie us together,” Trump said. Read Now

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