10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

Parents Revolt Against School Boards, Students Allowed to Graduate Without Basic Skills, a School Is Accused of Segregating Kids by Race and More

10. ‘Teacher Jail’: Houston School District Employees Under Investigation Can Spend Months Doing Nothing While Still Being Paid

A Houston Public Media review of data from HISD shows that in the 2018-2019 school year teachers spent a total of 26,257 days on administrative leave based on 178 total allegations of misconduct – an average of 148 days per accused teacher. A school year has about 180 days. Read Now

9. Teacher Breaks Down Crying in Front of School Board as She Quits Over Being Forced to ‘Push Highly Politicized Agendas’ on Kids

“School board, I quit. I quit your policies. I quit your trainings and I quit being a cog in a machine that tells me to push highly politicized agendas on our most vulnerable constituents — the children,” teacher Laura Morris said. Watch Now

8. Only One in 10 Memphis Students Performed at or Above Grade Level in Math and English on State Tests

Students in grades three through five showed the biggest slide, according to the data. From 2019 to 2021, their English and math scores fell by 17 percentage points from 28.4% at or above grade level in those subjects to 11.4%. Read Now

7. Atlanta Mother Says Elementary School Segregated Children by Race, Files Federal Complaint

She said it was a practice put in place by the school’s principal, who thought she was doing what was best for all students. Read Now

6. Chicago District to Offer Cash Payments to 12,000 Special Education Students to Make Up for Services They Were Illegally Denied

The payments to the families of up to 12,000 current and former students could cost the school district as much as $22 million. Read Now

Commentary of the Week:

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McSHANE: So About That Coronavirus Money . . .

The bottom line: If we hear from K-12 school leaders about underfunding at any time in the near future, we should know that they are misrepresenting reality. Read Now

5. Half of All New York City School Districts Have Lost at Least 10% of Enrollment Since 2017

Spurred by parental flight, flagging birth rates and the onslaught of the coronavirus, the nation’s largest school system continues to lose kids. Read Now

4. Judge Sides With the State of California in Decision to Not Fund Newly Enrolled Students at Charter Schools

A California Superior Court judge ruled against hundreds of online and other non-classroom based charter schools in a class-action lawsuit last week, declaring that the state did not wrongfully deprive the schools of education funding during the pandemic. Read Now

3. Senate Passes Amendment to Prohibit Federal Funds From Being Used to Promote Critical Race Theory in Schools

Sen. Tom Cotton’s amendment passed in a 50-49 vote. Read Now

2. Oregon Governor Signs Bill Allowing Students to Graduate Without Proving They Can Write or Do Math

Oregon suspended its requirement that students show a proficiency in ‘essential skills’ in order to earn a high school diploma. Read Now

1. Parents Across the Country Revolt Against School Boards on Masks, Critical Race Theory and Gender Issues

For the past few months, the country has seen protests and charged public meetings with comments opposed to critical race theory, masking rules and gender-related policies. Read Now

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