10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Public School Enrollment Tumbles, Families Threatened with Truancy Charges, Parents Risk Going Broke to Pay for Private Schools and More

10. Parents Say Online Learning Program Chosen by Schools Nationwide Has Racist, Sexist Content

Because of the scramble to keep classes running during a health crisis, vetting the curriculum may not have been as thorough as it should have been. Read Now

9. Florida Principal Who Would Not Say Holocaust Was a Factual, Historical Event Is Rehired, Awarded $150K in Lost Wages

In July of 2019, Latson was removed as principal and reassigned after emails surfaced from 2018 that showed him telling a parent he could not say the Holocaust was a factual, historical event. Read Now

8. 10-Year-Old Student Reportedly Scolded by Teacher for Saying He Admired Trump

Each day, Brendan Stanton asks his students at P.G. Keithley Middle School a daily question. The day of the incident, Stanton asked students, “Who is the one person you admire and why?” Students are asked to write their answers in the online chatroom. Read Now

7. South Carolina Supreme Court Says Governor Can’t Use Coronavirus Relief Funds on School Choice Program

The South Carolina Supreme Court has struck down Gov. Henry McMaster’s SAFE Grants program, which would provide scholarships to enable families struggling financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic to keep their children in nonpublic schools. Read Now

6. Unions Eyeing a Joe Biden Victory as the Start of a Membership Revival

Joe Biden would institute “the most significant pro-labor, pro-worker administration in a long, long, long time,” one labor leader predicts. Read Now

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CHAIT: Remote Learning Is a Catastrophe. Teachers Unions Share the Blame.

Years from now, when we look back at the coronavirus pandemic, it is very possible that the most damaging element we will identify is its catastrophic effect upon public education. Read Now

5. Parents Risk Going Broke Paying for Private Schools So They Can Avoid Virtual Public Schools

As a longtime supporter of New York City’s public schools, mom of four Rebecca never imagined she would need to educate her kids outside of the system. Read Now

4. In Search for Students, Some Colorado Districts Are Threatening Families with Truancy Charges

Across the state, teachers, counselors, and other school staff are making phone calls, similar home visits, and sending certified mail. Some school districts are warning families they may face truancy charges. Read Now

3. Researchers Worry Youth Suicide May Be the Other Public Health Crisis

The national youth suicide rate has been on the rise for years. But now, in the months since the pandemic pushed students into haphazard remote learning and sent the economy into a tailspin, students say the unprecedented disruption has taken a toll on their emotional well-being. Read Now

2. Superintendent Who Closed Public Schools Enrolls Child in Private School

Alexandria City Public Schools superintendent Gregory Hutchings said his family’s decision to enroll his daughter in a private school didn’t undermine his “commitment to public education” but rather was a “very personal” choice. Read Now

1. Enrollment Is Dropping in Public Schools Around the Country, Kindergarten Sees Average 16% Drop

Orange County, Fla., has 8,000 missing students. The Miami-Dade County public schools have 16,000 fewer than last year. Los Angeles Unified — the nation’s second-largest school system — is down nearly 11,000. Charlotte-Mecklenburg in North Carolina has 5,000 missing. Utah, Virginia and Washington are reporting declines statewide. Read Now

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