Choice Media is on Summer Break! Here Are 10 Must-Read Education Stories From Last Week

SCOTUS to Decide on Religious Discrimination in Private School Choice, A Blow to K-12 Enrollment and More

10. Pandemic Drives Sharp Rise in California Families Opening Their Own Home Schools

During the height of the pandemic, almost 35,000 California families filed an affidavit with the state to open a private home school. Read Now

9. 37% of Texas Students Fail State Math Exam

Test results released this week revealed a dramatically grim drop in math scores across Texas — about 800,000 more students are now below grade level in the subject. Read Now

8. Teacher’s Lawsuit Says Connecticut District Didn’t Meet Special Ed Students’ Needs, Alleges She Was Fired for Raising Concerns

The lawsuit filed by Michelle Mase contends the district violated state and federal law by failing to meet student needs. Read Now

7. Detroit District Spending $11 Million in Federal Relief Funds on Effort to Track Down Students

The district has an additional motivation: A big decline in enrollment could eventually mean less money for a district that has worked to remain financially solvent. Read Now

6. New York City Black Parent Group Vows to Fight in Court Over the District Failing to Educate Students Despite Spending $27,000 per Pupil

A black parents’ group from Queens plans to ramp up pressure on the Department of Education through the courts and political action. Read Now

Commentary of the Week:

WATCH: The Education Miracle Everyone Hates

Here’s the plot twist: in the present day—when the highest-performing charter schools are showing results so significant that they’ve nearly closed the education gap—opposition to charters is more pronounced than ever. Watch Now

5. After San Francisco Teachers Union Vote on Israel Boycott, Others Follow Suit Around the Country

Since the May 19 vote by the San Francisco teachers’ union condemning Israel’s actions during the conflict in Gaza and supporting the boycott movement, others have followed in its wake: two union chapters in Los Angeles, the teachers’ union in Seattle and the statewide union in Vermont. Read Now

4. New Federal Data Confirms Pandemic School Closures’ Blow to K-12 Enrollment: 1.5 Million Fewer Students

Data released Monday revealed a startling decline in the number of American children attending public schools: Total K-12 enrollment dropped by roughly 3 percent in 2020-21 compared with the previous school year. Read Now

3. New California Law Will Allow HS Students to Replace Letter Grades with Pass/Fail Marks

Students who failed classes during the last school year will get a second chance under a bill signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom Friday. The bill lets students who failed at least half their classes retake a whole grade level. The measure also provides an option for high school students to select “pass” or “no pass” marks in lieu of letter grades, to keep unsatisfactory grades from dragging down their grade point average. Read Now

2. Education Lobbying Groups Boost Spending As Biden Administration Sets to Reverse DeVos-Era Policies

Education groups have already spent more than $20 million in the first quarter of 2021 lobbying members of Congress for more funding as Education Secretary Miguel Cardona proposes a $102.8 billion education budget. Read Now

1. U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case on Religious Discrimination in Private School Choice

The Supreme Court has decided it will hear a case against Maine’s ban on using financial aid through a state program to attend religious schools, the court announced Friday. Read Now

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