10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

State Legislatures Advance School Choice, Biden Plans Even More Spending, and Parents Decide to Fight 'Woke Indoctrination'

10. Grassroots Organization Launches to Help Parents Fight ‘Woke Indoctrination’ in Schools

A new organization is launching to “empower” parents in the fight against “woke indoctrination” in K-12 education – adding to the growing backlash to the rise of critical race theory and other controversial ideas spreading through U.S. schools. Read Now

9. Teacher Retirements in Michigan Up 44% Since August

K-12 schools in Michigan are already experiencing critical shortages of teachers across all subjects, particularly math, science and special education. Read Now

8. Texas Students and Parents Facing Court for Classes Missed During the Pandemic

More than 300 students and parents landed in court last semester for missing school in two Dallas-area districts. Read Now

7. San Francisco School Board Member Seeks $87 Million in Lawsuit Against District, Colleagues Over Response to Her Racist Tweets

A San Francisco school board member accused her colleagues and the school district in a suit Wednesday of retaliation, saying they violated her free speech rights by stripping her of her position as vice president and removing her from committees over tweets she posted in 2016 about Asian Americans. Read Now

6. Oklahoma City Public Schools Sues to Prevent Charter Kids From Getting Equal Funding

The first of possibly several legal challenges to a settlement deal by four members of the Oklahoma State Board of Education who are intent on increasing state funding to charter schools was filed Wednesday. Read Now


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ANTONUCCI: Randi Weingarten Says Her AFT Has Been ‘Trying to Reopen Schools Since Last April.’ Here’s What the Union’s Locals Actually Did

After 11 months of school closures, we have a treasure trove of evidence of how they reacted to many and varied reopening plans. Read Now

5. Teachers to Give Migrant Kids In-Person Instruction Before Their Own Students, Biden Press Secretary Stands by Decision

Parents are angry over plans for teachers providing in-person instruction to migrant children while their kids have been stuck at home slogging through virtual Zoom sessions. Read Now

4. WATCH: Kamala Harris Laughs While Discussing Parents Struggling to Educate Their Kids During Pandemic

Vice President Kamala Harris laughed during recent remarks she made at a childcare center in Connecticut while speaking about how the pandemic has caused parents to realize the “value of educators” and that affordable child care is “a big deal.” Read Now

3. Kentucky Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of School Choice Measure

Calling the bill “unconstitutional” in multiple ways, Gov. Andy Beshear predicted last week that it would be challenged in court but stopped short of saying he would be the one suing. Read Now

2. West Virginia Governor Approves What Advocates Say Is the Nation’s Broadest School Choice Program

Effective beginning in the 2022-23 school year, families who withdraw their children from public schools can receive a currently estimated $4,600 per-student, per-year for private- and home-schooling expenses. Families also may receive the money for newly school-aged children whom they never want to go to public schools. Read Now

1. Biden Proposes $100 Billion More in Spending on Schools in Nationwide Infrastructure Plan

A $2 trillion American Jobs Plan that includes building and upgrading schools and child care facilities as well as extending broadband service to all Americans. Read Now

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