10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

Biden Threatens Governors Opposing Mandates, Schools Call the Police on Tens of Thousands of Students, Public Education Fails Rural Kids and More

10. Former New York City Ed Chief Shacking Up With Staffer He Hired for Six-Figure Job, She Moved Into His Texas Home Months Before Quitting

The ex-Department of Education curriculum honcho who has been dating former Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza moved into his Texas apartment months before she quit her job in the Big Apple — and as Carranza landed a gig at a firm that’s made millions selling technology and lesson plans to the DOE. Read Now

9. Parents Sue California Over Public School Curriculum That Includes Chants to Aztec Gods

Three parents and the Californians for Equal Rights Foundation, (CFER), a civil rights group, have sued the state of California over a public school curriculum that includes teaching the state’s 1.7 million high school students how to pray and chant to Aztec gods. Read Now

8. Interest in Arizona’s School Choice Program for Families Rejecting District Mask Mandates Outpaces Funds

A program announced by Arizona’s Republican governor last month to give private school vouchers to parents who object to campus mask requirements has seen applications surge, with twice as many either started or completed than can be funded with the $10 million in federal coronavirus relief earmarked for the plan. Read Now

7. Wisconsin District Reportedly Advises Teachers How to Defy Injunction, Keep Parents in the Dark if Kids Say They Are Transgender

As far as the Madison school district is concerned, parents have no business knowing if their children are experimenting with alternate gender/sexual identities – no matter what the courts say. Read Now

6. Scathing Report Reveals Baltimore School Officials Schemed to Inflate Enrollment, Pressured Teachers to Change Grades

The internal investigation also found students were scheduled in classes that did not exist and/or that they did not attend, when they should have been withdrawn due to lack of attendance. Read Now

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REPPAS: I’m the Worst Kind of Democrat: A Limousine Liberal Sending My Kid to Private School

I’m not willing to risk my child’s future in an unreliable system – where, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, students are far below their appropriate grade level – merely to prove my progressive credibility when my career and philanthropy already do that. Read Now

5. Schools Still Have Billions of Federal COVID Relief Money to Spend

Congress authorized more than $190 billion to help America’s schools reopen and stay open during the pandemic — and while a lot of the funds were used to buy PPE, upgrade ventilation and boost summer school programs, there are still billions of dollars left to be spent. Read Now

4. How the Public Education System Has Failed Rural Students

Outdated textbooks, not enough teachers, no ventilation — for millions of kids like Harvey Ellington, the public-education system has failed them their whole lives. Read Now

3. New Analysis Shows Schools Call the Police on Tens of Thousands of Students Every Year

The repercussions ripple through communities in urban, suburban and rural areas alike. Read Now

2. CDC Adopted Stricter School Mask Guidance After NEA Teachers Union Threatened to Release Critical Statement, Emails Show

The Biden administration tightened its masking guidance after a prominent teachers union threatened White House officials with publicly releasing harsh criticism, internal emails show. Read Now

1. Biden Demands States Mandate Vaccines for Teachers, More COVID Testing in Schools

“We know that if schools follow the science, and implement the safety measures like testing, masking, adequate ventilation systems, social distancing, and vaccinations, then children can be safe from COVID-19 in schools,” Biden said in a speech Thursday in which he outlined several steps to quell the virus. Read Now

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