10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

The CDC Does the Teachers Union’s Bidding, Battle Lines Drawn Over Critical Race Theory, Mall Landlords Look to Charters to Fill Vacant Space, and More

10. Florida Superintendent Indicted on Perjury Charge Could Get More Than $700,000 From District in Severance Deal, Lawyer Says

Negotiations over embattled Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie’s separation agreement stalled Wednesday over a provision in his contract that could add another $400,000 to his payout when he leaves office, which could bring his total severance to more than $700,000. Read Now

9. Colorado Districts Would Have More Authority to Reject Charter Schools Under Bill Sponsored by Denver Board Member

A bill introduced in the Colorado legislature would grant school districts broad discretion to turn down charter school applications if opening a new school would negatively affect long-range plans, enrollment, or district finances. Read Now

8. In Bitterly Divided Election in Texas, Opponents of ‘Anti-Racism’ Education Win Big

In an unusually bitter campaign that echoed a growing national divide over how to address issues of race, gender and sexuality in schools, candidates in the city of Southlake were split between two camps. Read Now

7. School Choice Measure Wins Approval in Missouri Senate, Now Heads to Governor’s Desk

Students in the St. Louis area could draw on scholarship funds in order to attend the school of their choice under a significant shift in education policy endorsed by the Missouri Senate on Thursday. Read Now

6. Georgia Governor Signs Trio of Bills to Expand School Choice

Gov. Brian Kemp signed a trio of bills Thursday to expand education options in Georgia. Read Now

Commentary Of The Week:

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PERRY: Animated Chart Shows Public School Enrollment, Staff, and Inflation-Adjusted Cost Per Pupil, 1970 to 2018

More spending + more teachers + more administrators + no change in education outcomes = a failing public school monopoly that benefits entrenched unionized teachers who vigorously try to squash competition from charter schools and educational choice at the expense of taxpayers, parents, and students. Read Now

5. Ohio Lawmakers Want to Make Every K-12 Student Eligible for a School Voucher

Any Ohio kid would be eligible for a voucher to cover part of the cost of their private school tuition if a bill introduced by House Republicans becomes law. Read Now

4. West Virginia and Kentucky School Districts Sue Company Over Alleged Role in Opioid Epidemic That Harmed Kids, Drove Up Educational Costs

McKinsey & Co. faces Kentucky and West Virginia school districts’ lawsuits alleging the company’s work for opioid makers fed an epidemic that harmed children and drove up educational costs, in the first such cases by educators against the consulting firm. Read Now

3. Mall Landlords Look to Charter Schools to Fill Vacant Space

Time for a field trip to the food court. Read Now

2. States, Political Parties Draw Battle Lines Over Taxpayer Funding of Critical Race Theory

A grassroots group of conservatives and Republican state leaders is pushing back after the Biden administration tied federal education funding to adopting controversial critical race theory teachings in schools’ curriculum. Read Now

1. National Teachers Union Influenced CDC on School Reopening Guidelines, Emails Show

The American Federation of Teachers lobbied the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on, and even suggested language for, the federal agency’s school-reopening guidance released in February. Read Now

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