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10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

Biden Sides With Teachers Unions, School Choice Shifts to State Legislatures, Schools See Dramatic Jump in Student Suicide Threats, and More

10. How Students, Parents and Educators Are Celebrating School Choice Week

Sunday marked the launch of the 11th annual National School Choice Week, a coast-to-coast celebration of school leaders and classroom communities, as well as a collective sharing of educational resources. Read Now

9. Florida School District Accused of ‘Spying’ on Teachers — Catching Them Out and About Despite COVID Fears

The Broward School District has scoured Facebook pages of teachers working remotely to catch them partying, traveling and failing to wear masks at a time the educators say COVID-19 makes it too risky for them to return to campus. Read Now

8. ‘Anti-American’: North Carolina School Board Members Clash Over How to Teach Social Studies

Republican State Board of Education members charged Wednesday that proposed social studies standards are “anti-American” and will teach North Carolina public school students that the nation is oppressive and racist. Read Now

7. Las Vegas District Reopens Schools Due to Surge of Student Suicides

Firmly linking teen suicides to school closings is difficult, but rising mental health emergencies and suicide rates point to the toll the pandemic lockdown is taking. Read Now

6. San Francisco to Rename 44 Schools With ‘Racist’ Namesakes, Including Washington, Lincoln, Feinstein

The near-unanimous Monday vote by the San Francisco Board of Education, with only one dissenter, comes after years of debate — and much scorn, including from Mayor London Breed — over the reckoning of historical figures and their contentious, flawed legacies. Read Now


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WATCH: The Fake Argument That School Choice Is Racist

Black education activist Chris Stewart is done with liberal falsehoods and conservative failure to deliver reform. Watch Now


5. With DeVos Out, Movement for Private School Choice Shifts to State Legislatures

A number of state governments are now expanding programs that provide publicly funded scholarships for private schools. Read Now

4. Student Surveillance Service Says K-12 Schools Saw Dramatic Jump in Suicide Threats, Violence, Sexual Content

K-12 schools saw a 66% jump in the number of overall safety incidents during the first three months of the 2020-21 school year when compared to the same time last school year, according to a report from Gaggle. Read Now

3. Amid COVID Closures, House Republicans Offer 6 School Choice Bills

“These [committee] members recognize that if Congress had placed a greater emphasis on school choice, parents and students could’ve been freer to avoid the debacle of virtual learning last fall,” Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., said in a statement provided to The Daily Signal. Read Now

2. Teachers Unions Keep Kids Out of the Classroom

This was supposed to be the semester when America’s largest school districts reopened. Read Now

1. Biden Sides With Chicago Teachers Union in Battle Over Reopening Schools

Speaking to the press on Monday, President Biden, who has pledged to get kids back in school during his first 100 days in office, has come down on the side of the Chicago Teachers Union that has refused to go back to work and threatened to strike. Read Now

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