10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Former Teachers Union Boss Makes Play to Be Biden’s Ed Chief, a Sweeping Review of COVID Learning Loss, Surveillance Tech Creeps Into Schools and More

10. For a Learning Pod of Homeless Students, School Days Unfold in a Motel Carport

They are just a fraction of the L.A. Unified School District’s estimated 11,000 homeless students, who, according to data, are especially vulnerable to the pandemic’s learning impacts: lower grades, attendance rates and online participation. Read Now

9. 23,000 Fewer Students Enrolled in Mississippi Public Schools This Year — And It’s Unclear Where They Are

“We are directing districts to have school attendance officers to track down any child who was in school last year and not in school this year to find out where they are,” State Superintendent Carey Wright said. Read Now

8. Parents Threatened With Fines if Michigan Christian School Continues to Ignore Face Mask Mandate

Libertas Christian School has until Friday to come into compliance with state and local health department requirements or face closure. Read Now

7. Families Sue California, Say State Fails to Educate Poor, Minority Students Amid Pandemic

Families of 15 public school students sued California on Monday, claiming the state has failed to provide equal education to poor and minority children during the pandemic. Read Now

6. Virginia Bill Would Require Districts That Don’t Offer In-Person Learning to Give Parents a Voucher When They Withdraw Children

A Virginia lawmaker is looking to give parents more flexibility – if local schools don’t offer in-person education. Read Now


Economist Walter E.Williams

Economist Walter Williams Dies at 84; His Last Column: ‘Black Education Tragedy Is New’

“If we accept the notion that rotten education is not preordained, then I wonder when the black community will demand an end to an educational environment that condemns so many youngsters to mediocrity.” Read Now

5. Biden’s Education Transition Team Leader: Chinese Communist Party Has Done ‘Magical Work’

Linda Darling-Hammond, a Stanford University professor and the president of the California State Board of Education, has praised the Chinese Communist Party’s education system for its “magical work” in establishing a strong teacher-government presence in student life. Read Now

4. As COVID Creeps Into Schools, Surveillance Tech Follows

From badges that record students’ every move to air purifiers with ultraviolet “kill chambers,” tracking — and annihilating — the virus in schools becomes tech companies’ pandemic-era pitch. Read Now

3. Former NEA Teachers Union Boss Makes Play to Be Biden’s Education Chief

The former president of the nation’s largest teachers union is working to lock up support from Republican senators and Hispanic leaders in her bid to be picked as Education secretary, according to officials familiar with the talks. Read Now

2. Dr. Flip Flop: A Timeline on All of the Positions Fauci Has Taken on Schools

Early on, Fauci was “blessing” school closures and attacking proponents of reopening. He now claims to have supported reopening the whole time. Read Now

1. Impact of COVID School Closures: Test Scores Drop in Math, Steady in Reading, but Many Vulnerable Students Missing From Data

Until now, estimates of learning loss have been just that — estimates or projections, based on the kind of academic backsliding schools see after a long summer. Read Now

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