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10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

Millions of Missing Students, Teachers Shamed for Skin Color, Student's 0.13 GPA Ranks Near Top Half of Class, and More

10. With Education Secretary Miguel Cardona Installed, Biden Administration Prepares Blitz of Action, May Appoint a School Reopening Czar

Joe Biden is using his bully pulpit to push states to get shots into teachers’ arms by the end of the month. Read Now

9. Seattle Teachers Union Files Unfair Labor Practice Complaints After District Designates 700 Educators as ‘Essential,’ Paving Way for Their Return to Classrooms

The Seattle Education Association union has filed unfair labor practice complaints against Seattle Public Schools for actions the district took late last week to bring some educators back to classrooms. Read Now

8. California Legislature Approves $2B for Schools That Offer Any Degree of In-Person Instruction by April, Another $4.6B for Schools Without Conditions

The bill is the result of weeks of negotiation between Newsom and the Legislature. Read Now

7. Arizona Education Department Tells Parents to Talk About Racism With 3-Month-Olds

The Arizona Department of Education released an “equity toolkit” that calls on parents to address issues of racism “before their children can speak.” Read Now

6. Parents Expected to Opt Children Out of Testing in Large Numbers, Especially in Places Where Schools Haven’t Reopened

The U.S. Department of Education might expect standardized assessments this year, but state and district leaders are predicting a lot of empty seats. Read Now


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JUSTICE and DAVIDSON: It’s Time to Reopen Schools and Defund the Teachers Unions

The conversation about school reopenings has focused on what’s best for the teachers unions as opposed to what’s best for the students. Read Now


5. Illinois Teachers Shamed for Color of Their Skin in Taxpayer-Sponsored ‘Antiracist’ Training

The Countywide Equity Institute featured 10 speakers alleging ‘institutional racism,’ as well as ‘implicit bias’ and ‘white privilege.’ Illinois has just mandated this kind of instruction in all public schools. Read Now

4. Teachers Union President Who Fought to Keep Schools Closed Spotted Dropping Child Off at In-Person Preschool

Parent groups are crying “hypocrisy” after a video surfaced showing the president of the Berkeley teachers union dropping off his 2-year-old daughter at an in-person preschool. Read Now

3. Calls Mount for Baltimore School to Be Shut Down After Report Finds Student Ranks Near Top Half of Class With 0.13 GPA

Calls are mounting for a City School to be investigated and shut down immediately. This, after an alarming Project Baltimore investigation found hundreds of students are failing at the west Baltimore high school. Read Now

2. NPR/Ipsos Poll: Nearly One-Third of Parents May Stick With Remote Learning Indefinitely

In a sign of the disruptions that have become routine this school year, 43% of parents said that they had switched among virtual, in-person or hybrid since the previous fall. Read Now

1. 3 Million Students May Be Missing From Public Schools Nationwide

A notable number of students are unaccounted for in schools across the country. Read Now

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