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10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

The Establishment Attacks School Choice, Hot Mic Catches School Board Mocking Parents, 90,000 Students' Grades Under Investigation, and More

10. The Great Attention Deficit: More Parents Seek ADHD Diagnosis and Drugs for Kids to Manage Remote Learning

Data from specialists involved with diagnosing and treating ADHD show just how much parents are struggling to get help: They are flooding an ADHD support line with questions, and ADHD diagnoses and prescriptions for related medications have soared. Read Now

9. New Hampshire Professors Say They Oppose School Choice Because Parents Are ‘Dupes,’ It Will Bring More ‘QAnon’

Two University of New Hampshire education department professors believe they’ve found the villain behind the state’s proposed Education Freedom Accounts: QAnon. Read Now

8. Public School Advocate Attacks Charter, Private Schools, Compares Them to Terrorist Training Centers

In a piece titled, “Charter schools, vouchers will erode what unites us,” Susan Johnson lauds public schools, writing, “The American public school is where we learn to be Americans.” Read Now

7. AFT Union Poll: Teachers Who Are Back in the Classroom Are Comfortable With It

Most teachers and school staff who are back in the classroom feel comfortable with the return to in-person classes, according to recent polling from the American Federation of Teachers. Read Now

6. ‘They Want Their Babysitters Back’: School Board Members Caught Mocking Parents in Meeting They Thought Was Private

Parents in Oakley are outraged and calling for the resignation of the Oakley Union Elementary School Board after the board made controversial comments in a Webex meeting. Read Now


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LINUS: I’m an Epidemiologist and a Father. Here’s Why I’m Losing Patience With Our Teachers Unions.

If educators and their unions don’t embrace the established science, they risk continuing to widen gaps in educational attainment — and losing the support of their many long-time allies, like me. Read Now


5. Teachers Say They Are Ditching William Shakespeare Over ‘Misogyny, Racism’

William Shakespeare, thou hast been getting canceled. Read Now

4. Baltimore District Alerting Parents of 90,000 Students That Their Records Have Become Part of State Grade Changing Investigation

The letters explain how City Schools was served a subpoena in a grade changing investigation, and their children’s records are now involved. Read Now

3. Kamala Harris Dodges Question About CDC Guidance, Whether It Is Safe for Teachers to Go Back to School Without Being Vaccinated

In her first one-on-one network interview since taking office, Harris wouldn’t say if she believed teacher vaccinations should be a prerequisite for reopening schools. Read Now

2. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Behind Push to Purge Math Curricula of Allegedly Racist Practices Like Showing Your Work

The Gates Foundation is the only donor mentioned on the homepage of A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction, a group of 25 education organizations whose curriculum states that asking students to show their work and find the right answer is an inherently racist practice. Read Now

1. Muddled Promises on Schools Pose Political Problem for Biden

Biden’s administration in recent weeks has sent muddled and at times contradictory messages about his goal. Read Now

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