10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

CDC Allows Desks to Be Closer, Families Face Steep Truancy Fines, Union Influence Forces Child Care Workers Into Classrooms, and More

10. West Virginia Legislature Passes School Choice Bill, Governor Lets Teacher Strike Bill Become Law Without Signature

Add all that up, and it’s what West Virginia teachers unions continue to call legislative payback against public educators. Read Now

9. Teacher Diversity Bill May Push Hundreds of Minnesota Educators of Color From Classrooms

The House bill would eliminate a key provision of a three-year-old reform to the state’s teacher licensing system. Read Now

8. Michigan Lost 62,000 Students This Fall

Michigan’s public school enrollment decline is among the best barometers of the pandemic’s impact on students. Behind the numbers are students who may have abruptly moved to a new school, or whose education simply came to a halt. Read Now

7. After 8 Hours, 250-Plus Speakers, California Board Adopts Divisive Ethnic Studies Curriculum

With a March 31 deadline set by the Legislature looming, the State Board of Education unanimously approved a voluntary high school ethnic studies curriculum. Read Now

6. Florida Governor: ‘There’s No Room in Our Classrooms for Things Like Critical Race Theory’

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday outlined what he thought were acceptable topics to be taught in civics curricula that he said would get a $106 million boost thanks to pandemic-related federal funding directed at states. Read Now


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RUSSO: CNN’s Jake Tapper Lobbed Softball Questions That Failed to Hold the Head of the Largest Teachers Union to Account

During that seven-minute segment, Tapper treats Pringle with kid gloves rather than as the head of a powerful political organization that’s contributed millions to Democratic candidates and played an instrumental role in the school reopening debate. Read Now

5. CDC Changes School Guidance, Allowing Desks to Be Closer

Students can safely sit just 3 feet apart in the classroom as long as they wear masks but should be kept the usual 6 feet away from one another at sporting events, assemblies, lunch or chorus practice, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday in relaxing its COVID-19 guidelines. Read Now

4. How Union Influence Forced Child Care Workers Into Classrooms While Teachers Stayed Home

While some educators have been able to work from home for much, if not all, of the pandemic, child care centers have emerged as substitute schools for many thousands of American children for whom online learning is not an option. Read Now

3. Parents Rally in Cities Across the Country to Demand Full Reopening of Schools

Parents of schoolchildren protested in several cities around the United States over the weekend, frustrated by the off-again-on-again reopening policies in some school districts and blanket closures in others a full year after the pandemic began, despite growing scientific evidence that schools can reopen safely if they follow basic procedures. Read Now

2. Why Black Parents Aren’t Joining the Push to Reopen Schools

“If they didn’t keep my children safe before COVID, why would I think that they would now?” Read Now

1. Families Face Steep Truancy Fines, Contentious Court Battles as Pandemic Creates School Attendance Barriers

It was the Monday morning before Thanksgiving when a police officer showed up on Tracie Higgins’s doorstep and handed a $439 fine to her teenage son for missing too many days of remote school during the pandemic. Read Now

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