10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

Districts Try to Lure Students Back, Schools Requiring Masks for All, Millennials Switch to Homeschooling, and More

10. 2021 Texas Homeschooling Numbers Are ‘Crushing’ the 2020 Records

The number of Texas families pulling their children out of public schools and pursuing home-schooling in one week this month is five times greater than the same time period last year, the Texas Homeschool Coalition reports. Read Now

9. Virginia School Board to Pay ACLU $1.3 Million for Legal Costs in Transgender Bathroom Lawsuit

The ACLU spent six years representing Gavin Grimm, who sued over the school board’s transgender bathroom ban. Read Now

8. Washington State Parents Say High School Is Forcing Student Athletes to Wear Ankle Monitors

A 15-year-old girl was allegedly forced to wear an ankle tracking monitor for volleyball practice at Eatonville High School in Washington state as a condition of participating in team sports. Read Now

7. Ohio Bill Would Close Teacher Misconduct Loophole That Allows the Accused to Retire and School Districts to Not File a Report

The legislation, filed this week by Reps. Adam Miller, D-Columbus, and Sarah Fowler-Arthur, R-Geneva-on-the-Lake, was proposed after five Rocky River School District teachers resigned and one retired in the spring as the district investigated alleged inappropriate contact. Read Now

6. Only 53% of Education Funding in Tennessee Makes It Into Classrooms

Education spending in Tennessee continues to increase year over year, but the amount of taxpayer dollars making it to the classroom hasn’t, a new report out Wednesday concludes. Instead, it has decreased. Read Now

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RILEY: Why Homeschool Is Becoming a Popular Choice Among Millennial Parents

Public school classrooms are no longer neutral spaces where children get an education among peers. Read Now

5. Teachers in More Than 115 Cities Pledge to ‘Teach Truth’ in Protest of Critical Race Theory Legislation

Teachers are gathering in more than 115 cities this weekend to “teach truth” in protest of the anti-race education and anti-critical race theory legislation being proposed across the country. Read Now

4. ‘Things Are Changing Fast’: More Schools Requiring Masks for All, Vaccines for Teachers

The flurry of activity comes as the school year begins for more of the country and millions return to school buildings, many for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Read Now

3. Public Schools Try to Lure Students Back Amid Enrollment Decline

Even with a billion-dollar federal government lifeline, public schools across the country are headed toward a financial cliff. Read Now

2. States Banning School Mask Mandates Could Face Civil Rights Probes, Education Secretary Says

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Sunday said he is “prepared to launch investigations” with the department’s Office for Civil Rights in response to states that have implemented bans on mask mandates for students. Read Now

1. Pandemic Windfall for Schools Has Few Strings Attached – and One District Received More Than $25,000 Per Student

Congress has sent the funding in three waves since the start of the pandemic. The latest and largest round, which totals $123 billion, is still being distributed and gives school enormous flexibility in how to spend it. Read Now

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