10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

Abysmal NAEP Science Scores, Students May Have to Repeat a Grade, Big School Districts Remove Virtual Learning Option, and More

10. To Learn Remotely Next Fall, Indianapolis Public School Students Must Enroll in Charter Schools

The board of Indianapolis Public Schools approved two local charter school partnerships Thursday to offer remote learning to district students next school year. Read Now

9. Judge Rules Des Moines Superintendent Violated His Ethical Duty by Keeping Kids Out of School Last Fall

“I concluded the record supported a finding that Dr. Ahart had violated an ethical duty to comply with all laws applicable to the fulfillment of this professional obligations as alleged” Administrative Law Judge David Lindgren said during an Iowa’s Board of Educational Examiners hearing. Read Now

8. Federal Judge Approves Lawsuit Alleging Elite Virginia High School’s Admissions Policies Discriminate Against Asian Americans

A federal judge ruled Friday that a parents’ group can move forward with a lawsuit alleging that new admissions policies at an elite public high school in northern Virginia discriminate against Asian Americans. Read Now

7. New Hampshire Senate Includes Expansive School Choice Program in Budget Plan

The program would allow parents to receive the equivalent of their student’s basic state adequacy aid grant for an education program of their choice, including homeschooling and religious schools. Read Now

6. Georgia District Accused of Denying Facility to Charter School Simply to Weaken Its Competition

A 21-year-old Georgia man and military veteran who founded an organization seeking to help young Black kids stay out of jail and acquire life and job skills claimed Tuesday he is being stonewalled at every turn by the local school administration in his quest to purchase a to-be-demolished school building as a charter institution. Read Now

Commentary of the Week:


McSHANE: Oh, What A Year For School Choice

It has been hard to keep up with the number of school choice programs state legislatures have created so far in 2021. As sessions across the country wrap up, it is worth pausing to underscore just how massive the wins for the educational choice movement have been this year. Read Now

5. Cheers and Questions as Some States and Big School Districts Remove Virtual Learning Option for Fall

Plenty of places have already said they’re going the other direction — maintaining a virtual option that they are confident will be in demand next year. Read Now

4. New PAC Formed to Support School Board Candidates Who Want to Abolish Critical Race Theory and 1619 Project From Schools

It’s the first national political action committee to target local, historically nonpartisan school boards. And it’s another sign of how they have entered the crucible of partisan politics. Read Now

3. Student Absenteeism Far Greater During the Pandemic Than Previously Reported, Analysis Finds

Absenteeism rates are rising faster among younger students, who typically have better attendance than high schoolers. In some places, the rates are now higher than for older students. Read Now

2. Tens of Thousands of Students May Have to Repeat a Grade

After more than a year waging uphill battles to connect with their schooling, tens of thousands of students now face having to repeat a grade in 2021-22. It’s a choice an unusually high number of principals, district leaders, and parents anticipate making, despite warnings in stacks of research that it often doesn’t help—and can harm—children. Read Now

1. NAEP Science Scores Down for Fourth-Graders, Flat for Older Students

The announcement of science scores from the 2019 round of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) provides more evidence for two ugly trends in the test often referred to as the nation’s report card. Read Now

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