10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

12th Graders Get Disappointing NAEP Results, Schools Block Families From Homeschooling, Parents Fear Children Are Falling Behind and More

10. Exam Surveillance Tools Monitor, Record Students’ Every Move

While these services were around before the pandemic, they have grown in popularity as the number of students taking classes remotely exploded. Read Now

9. New York City Parents With Kids Unable to Log Into Online Classes Say Schools Are Threatening to Call Child Services for Truancy

At least two parents say their children are being unfairly targeted for virtual absences stemming from circumstances outside their control, including malfunctioning city-issued iPads and spotty internet in city homeless shelters. Read Now

8. Teachers Union Urges Members to Call in Sick for a ‘Mental Health Day’

Fairfax Education Association President Kimberly Adams said teachers need the mental health day because of the stress they face with a looming Oct. 30 deadline to say whether they will return to the classroom when called upon, seek a leave of absence or resign. Read Now

7. 12-Year-Old Threatened With Arrest for Missing Three 30-Minute Zoom Classes

Miss three 30-minute Zoom classes in a single day and go to jail? Read Now

6. Pew Survey: Parents Fear Their Children Are Falling Behind

Most parents of students in K-12 schools express concern about their children falling behind in school because of disruptions caused by the pandemic. Read Now

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

HILDITCH: Teachers Unions and the Myth of ‘Public’ Schools

When all is said and done, the pandemic ought to have robbed the idea of “public education” of all its rhetorical currency. Read Now

5. Some Texas Schools Obstructing Parents’ Efforts to Withdraw Children for Homeschooling

The largest statewide advocacy organization for home educators in the state sent a written notice to 9,500 school administrations in August, clarifying the Texas Education Agency policy for student withdrawal. Read Now

4. Students Were Kept Busy in the Spring, but Were Not Academically Challenged

In the sudden transition this spring from face-to-face learning to remote learning, U.S. students were subject to more assignments and schoolwork, but less challenging academic activities. Read Now

3. Federal Court Upholds Maine Law That Excludes Religious Schools From Tuition Program, Plaintiffs to ‘Immediately Appeal’

Maine can provide tuition reimbursement to parents who send their children to private schools but not to parents who send their children to religious schools, the First Circuit held Thursday. Read Now

2. Betsy Devos Says She Will Let Religious Groups Apply for Charter School Grants

Religious organizations should feel free to apply for federal money to open charter schools, she said, and a recent Supreme Court ruling is on her side. Read Now

1. NAEP: Only 37% of 12th Graders Met Benchmarks for Both Math and Reading to Qualify for Entry-Level College Courses

The average reading score for high school seniors declined between 2015 and 2019 and remained unchanged in math, while the country’s lowest performing seniors saw their scores drop in both subjects. Read Now

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