10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

Spy Tech Follows Students Home, School Boundaries Linked to 1930s-Era Housing Segregation, Middle School Advanced Courses Removed to Resolve ‘Equity Issues’ and More

10. New Families Are Staying at Boston Catholic Schools Despite Public Schools Returning to In-Person Learning

By the start of the 2020-2021 school year, more than 4,000 new students had enrolled turning “around the fortunes of Catholic schools in a dramatic way,” said Thomas Carroll, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Boston. Read Now

9. Viral TikTok Video Captures Teacher Equating Traditional Expectations for Students Like ‘Sitting Quiet’ and ‘Taking Things In’ With White Supremacy

A teacher claims that encouraging students to behave is white supremacy. Watch Now

8. Preliminary Attendance From New York City Schools: 82% of Students Showed Up Last Week

But to arrive at the first-day attendance percentage officials shared, the city must have had two raw figures: the number of students who showed up, and the number of students who were expected. NY1 pressed for that information at the mayor’s daily briefing. Read Now

7. Philadelphia District Paying Parents $300 Per Month to Drive Kids to School, Considers Using the National Guard and Amazon to Solve Busing Crisis

Philadelphia School Superintendent William Hite said Wednesday that he has called Gov. Tom Wolf’s office to see if the state’s National Guard could help transport children to school. Read Now

6. Florida Governor Calls for an End to Annual Standardized Testing in Schools

The days of preparing and sitting for hours’ worth of spring state tests could be nearing an end for many of Florida’s public school students. Read Now

Commentary of the Week:

BRINKMAN: Sex and Revolution: Middle School Orientation Day, 2021

I recently attended “Middle School Orientation Day” with my 11-year-old son – and we saw divisive, ideologically-charged signs everywhere. Yes, these signs are real. And yes, I took these photos with my own phone. Read Now

5. Today’s School Boundaries Linked to 1930s-Era Housing Segregation

Today’s school boundaries in many cities are still linked to a history of housing segregation that goes back to the 1930s, a new study has found. Read Now

4. Bombshell Allegations at Another Baltimore School: Dead Students Enrolled, Classes Didn’t Exist

A former Baltimore City Schools principal says she believes there’s an organized effort in City Schools to push kids through the system at any cost, even if it means enrolling them in classes that don’t exist. Read Now

3. Missouri Superintendent Removes All Middle School Advanced Courses to Resolve ‘Equity Issues’

Francis Howell School District is removing all “Challenge” classes for middle school students to “reduce achievement gaps” and “reduce opportunity gaps for underrepresented groups”, according to documents obtained by Francis Howell Families, an education political action committee. Read Now

2. Ohio Mayor to School Board: Resign or Face Child Pornography Charges Over Student Writing Assignment

“It has come to my attention that your educators are distributing essentially what is child pornography in the classroom. I’ve spoken to a judge this evening and she’s already confirmed that. So I’m going to give you a simple choice: either choose to resign from this board of education or you will be charged,” Hudson Mayor Craig Shubert said during the school board meeting on Monday. Read Now

1. An Inside Look at the Spy Tech That Followed Kids Home for Remote Learning — and Now Won’t Leave

Nearly a year after The 74 submitted public records requests to understand the Minneapolis district’s use of Gaggle during the pandemic, a trove of documents offer an unprecedented look into how one school system deploys a controversial security tool that grew rapidly during COVID-19, but carries significant civil rights and privacy implications. Read Now

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