10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

Teachers Grapple With F’s, Former Teachers Union Boss' Past Comments Under Scrutiny, Biden Says Schools Reopening Depends on Funding and More

10. Oregon Teacher Suspended After Viral Video Shows Her Screaming at Anti-Lockdown Protesters: ‘Kill Yourself’

In the video — which had 1.6 million views on Twitter as of Monday morning — the woman was stopped sitting in her car and screamed at the protesters to kill themselves. Read Now

9. Chicago Teachers Union Blames Push to Reopen Schools on ‘Sexism, Racism and Misogyny’

The union, which represents roughly 20,000 teachers and clinicians, said “the push to reopen schools is rooted in sexism, racism and misogyny,” and later walked back the statement after receiving criticism. Read Now

8. Virginia School Board Unanimously Votes to Change Name of School Because Thomas Jefferson Owned Slaves

Board members spoke to the strongly-felt sentiments of students, teachers and citizens alike, even though an informal survey conducted by a consulting firm in October showed over two to one preferred keeping the current names. Read Now

7. South Carolina Supreme Court Again Stops Governor From Spending COVID Aid on Private School Choice

South Carolina’s highest court on Wednesday affirmed its rejection of Gov. Henry McMaster’s plan to spend federal coronavirus money on private school tuition grants. Read Now

6. Pension Plan for New Jersey Teachers Union Leadership ‘Vastly Superior’ to Members’ Benefits, Report Finds

Leadership of New Jersey’s largest teachers union has a stronger, better-funded pension plan than the one in which their members are enrolled, even as New Jersey’s teacher pension crisis continues to worsen, according to a new report. Read Now


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JACOBS: Lockdowns Have Caused More Children to Drop Out of School Than Americans Have Died of COVID

Every child who doesn’t return to school to complete his or her education represents dreams unfulfilled. Read Now

5. Two Florida Teachers Indicted by Federal Grand Jury in Teacher Certification Cheating Scheme

A 65-page indictment, issued by a federal grand jury on Dec. 1 and unsealed Thursday, charges the couple with racketeering conspiracy, 108 counts of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit theft of trade secrets and three counts of theft of trade secrets. Read Now

4. SCOTUS Declines to Hear Challenge to School Policy Allowing Students Access to Bathrooms Based on Gender Identity

The Supreme Court brushed aside a lawsuit Monday aimed at barring transgender students from bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. Read Now

3. Biden Says His Pandemic Plan Will Allow Most Schools to Reopen After First 100 Days as President — Depending on Funding

“It should be a national priority to get our kids back into school and keep them in school,” Biden said. “If Congress provides the funding, we need to protect students, educators and staff. Read Now

2. The Empty Gradebook: As Students Struggle With Remote Learning, Teachers Grapple With F’s

Some teachers are giving out more Fs than ever. But many have overhauled their whole approach to grading to keep an even larger number from failing — and then wrestled with whether they made the right call. That means the number of students truly struggling right now is likely larger than the alarming numbers being reported nationwide. Read Now

1. Former NEA Teachers Union President, Possible Education Secretary Pick, Under Scrutiny for Comments About Special-Needs Kids

In a list of students with diverse needs, such as the “hearing impaired” and “physically challenged” Eskelsen Garcia included “the chronically tarded and the medically annoying.” Read Now

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