10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

Families Say Schools Owe Them for Lost Education, National Teachers Union’s Own Staff Authorize Strike, a Parent-Led Rebellion Against Critical Race Theory, and More

10. New York City Mayor’s Race Features Striking New Posture on Charter Schools

Charter schools, perhaps the most controversial force in citywide education politics, have won the backing of most of the field’s leading candidates. Read Now

9. Early Test Scores Show Texas Students Fell Dramatically Behind in Math During the Pandemic

The share of Texas students who passed the primary math test, Algebra I fell from 88 percent to 74 percent. More concerning, the share of students who scored on grade level dropped from 66 percent to 42 percent. Texas students can pass the exam, but fall short of performing at grade level. Read Now

8. Indiana Teachers Unions Sue to Block New State Law They Say Is ‘Punishment’ for Activism

Several Indiana teachers unions are seeking to block a new state law, set to take effect next month, that they say unfairly targets teachers and makes it harder for unions to collect dues. Read Now

7. Michigan Schools Defy State Law, Won’t Hold Back Struggling Third-Grade Readers

Some Michigan schools are rebelling against the state’s third grade read-or-flunk law, saying they won’t retain students because of low reading scores. Read Now

6. North Carolina Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Mother Alleging Children Where Denied Constitutional Right to Education Due to Bullying

The constitutional right of North Carolina’s children to have access to a good public school education also applies to individual students who aren’t getting help to stop classroom bullying and harassment against them, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. Read Now

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BRADFORD: The Left Defends the Legacy of Redlining

Basing school enrollment on residence has made education more segregated than it was 40 years ago. Read Now

5. U.S. Department of Education Sides With Transgender Advocates Over Feminists in Title IX Interpretation

The interpretation of the law reverses guidance issued under former President Donald Trump. That administration, in turn, had rescinded guidelines that said Title IX applied to discrimination based on gender identity. Read Now

4. A Parent-Led Rebellion Against Critical Race Theory Is Storming School Boards Across the Country

Many of these groups were founded by parents appalled to discover what was being taught to their children. Their advocacy has launched small town CRT debates onto the national stage, prompted anti-CRT legislation from Republican lawmakers and more. Read Now

3. NEA Teachers Union Staff Votes 98% in Favor of Strike Authorization Against NEA Teachers Union Management

Members of the National Education Association Staff Organization (NEASO), which represents employees working at the headquarters of the largest union in the country, the National Education  Association (NEA), have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike for a fair and just contract that reflects union values. Read Now

2. Oregon Students Shouldn’t Have to Prove They Can Write or Do Math to Get a Diploma, Lawmakers Decide

Students in the class of 2021 did not have to prove they could write or do math at a basic level to earn their diplomas. A bill headed to Gov. Kate Brown would prohibit any such requirement at least until 2027. Read Now

1. After Months of Special Education Turmoil, Families Say Schools Owe Them

Roughly 7 million children in the U.S. receive special education services under a decades-old federal law — or did, until the pandemic began. Read Now

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