10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

The Supreme Court Sides With a Cheerleader, a National Teachers Union Loses Members, a Wave of School Superintendents Are Leaving Their Posts, and More

10. Washington State Finds Seattle District Violated Special Education Law During Pandemic

The Washington state education department is ordering Seattle Public Schools to make up for excessive delays to in-person instruction and medical care for some disabled students during the pandemic. Read Now

9. New York Attorney General Sues School District for Failing to Protect Students From Sexual Assault

The legal action follows an investigation launched by the Office of the Attorney General in 2019, which found that Niagara-Wheatfield deliberately ignored student complaints of rape, assault, sexual harassment, and gender-based bullying, and took no action to protect them from their assailants and harassers, leading several students to drop out of school and lose access to educational opportunities. Read Now

8. Parents Protesting Transgender Policy, Critical Race Theory Erupt After Loudoun County School Board Shuts Down Meeting

One man was arrested, another man was ticketed for trespassing and a third person was hurt at a chaotic public meeting Tuesday on equity issues in Loudoun County Public Schools. Read Now

7. Fs Spiked and Attendance Plummeted: Numbers Tell the Story of a Devastating Year for Many Chicago Students

Not only are students missing assignments, many are simply not coming to class. In the past students might be failing one class. Now, they are failing multiple classes. Read Now

6. New Hampshire Lawmakers Pass Budget That Includes New School Choice Program

The budget includes the creation of “education freedom accounts” that can be used toward private or home school expenses. Read Now

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McDONALD: 4 Signs Parents Won’t Be Sending Their Kids Back to Public School This Fall

Parents are discovering new educational options like never before. Read Now

5. Florida School District Sued Over Use of Baker Act to Send Kids to Psych Wards

Calling the involuntarily exams “excessive and illegal,” the advocacy groups said in a federal lawsuit that the school district had deprived hundreds of children of educational opportunities and inflicted unnecessary trauma by forcing them into mental health centers over unthreatening behavioral incidents. Read Now

4. New Jersey Supreme Court Upholds Expansion of Newark Charter Schools, Rejects Argument That It Would Harm District Students

New Jersey’s Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the state’s decision to allow the expansion of seven charter schools in Newark, rejecting a challenge that argued it would hinder the ability of students in traditional public schools to get a quality education. Read Now

3. Wave of School Superintendents Leaving Their Posts

The departures are from the top spots in large cities — including the largest three, New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago — but also in many midsize and smaller districts in suburban and rural areas, according to AASA, the School Superintendents Association, which keeps track of its 9,000 members. Read Now

2. NEA Teachers Union Continued to Lose Working Members in 2020 Even As Schools Hired Thousands

The National Education Association finished the 2020 school year with 2,553 fewer working members in the nation’s public schools, according to the union’s latest internal financial reports. Read Now

1. U.S. Supreme Court Sides With High School Cheerleader Punished for Snapchat Post

The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with a Pennsylvania cheerleader punished for a vulgar message shared on Snapchat, with the justices ruling the school violated the student’s First Amendment rights when it disciplined her for the off-campus rant. Read Now

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