10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

A Teachers Union Sues a Parent to Hide Curriculum, Officials Get Paid Six-Figure Salaries to Run F-Rated Districts, Randi Weingarten Wants to Bargain Over Vaccine Mandates, and More

10. WATCH: Randi Weingarten Responds to Criticism for Reluctance to Support Teacher Vaccine Mandates: ‘We Are Going to Be Bargaining Over Those Policies’

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, discusses the possibility of mandatory vaccinations for teachers amid the Delta surge. Watch Now

9. California Allows High School Students With Bad Grades to Change Them

An emergency statute passed this summer requires all school districts to allow for the change, given the impact of distance learning on students. Read Now

8. Colorado District Paid $170,000 for Report on School Closure, Then Shelved It

When Jeffco leaders saved four out of five schools from closure in 2017, they knew they were just kicking the problem down the road. They said so at the time. Read Now

7. In the Name of Equity, Las Vegas District’s New Grading Policy Sets Lowest Score at 50%, Attendance and Late Assignments Have No Influence

During a back-to-school kickoff, Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara explained this will create equity across the district by having grades reflect knowledge instead of non-academic factors. Read Now

6. Chicago Special Education Still Rife With Trouble Three Years After State Ordered Reforms, Thousands of Families Not Receiving Legally Mandated Services

Families and advocates have long complained that inadequate policies and ineffective management have led to poor educational experiences for the school system’s disabled children, and many aren’t buying that a teachers’ strike or the pandemic are solely to blame for the latest overdue fixes. Read Now

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McDONALD: Teachers Unions Are Again Flexing Their Political Muscle, This Time on Mandatory Masking

Unions are lining up to support mandatory masking in schools, even for preschoolers. Read Now

5. Florida Board of Education Approves Emergency Rule Offering School Choice to Families Who Want to Leave Districts That Mandate Masks

Parents now have the option to transfer kids to other public schools or get taxpayer-funded seats in private school where they wouldn’t have to wear masks. Read Now

4. Speaker at Oklahoma Teachers Union Symposium Says Police Are in Schools to ‘Oppress, Suppress, Beat, and Harm’ Students of Color

Several speakers at the Oklahoma Aspiring Educators Association’s recent Racial and Social Justice Symposium encouraged the next generation of state teachers to view police and school-security officers as tools of white supremacy. Read Now

3. Just 9% of Newark Students Met State Math Standards This Spring, Only 11% Met Expectations in Reading

Newark students suffered extensive learning loss last school year, according to spring 2021 test scores that show for the first time how profoundly the pandemic disrupted students’ academic progress. Read Now

2. Mississippi Education Officials Get Paid Six-Figure Salaries to Run F-Rated School Districts

Mississippi is the poorest state in the nation, but its education bureaucrats are some of the highest paid, pulling in six figures to run F-rated schools. Read Now

1. Teachers Union Sues Rhode Island Mom to Block Release of Public Records Regarding Kindergarten Curriculum

The National Education Association Rhode Island (NEARI) and NEA South Kingstown (NEASK) filed a complaint in Rhode Island Superior Court on Monday to “protect teachers’ privacy rights,” NEARI Communication Director Stephanie DeSilva Mandeville shared Wednesday. Read Now

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