10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

Charter School Enrollment Booms, K-12 Students’ Info Posted to ‘Dark Web,’ Rising Pension Costs Compete With Classroom Spending and More

10. More Than 10,000 NYC Teachers May Be Barred From Classrooms as Vaccine Mandate Takes Effect Next Week

Nearly 20,000 other education department employees also lack proof of vaccination. Read Now

9. Massachusetts Teachers Union: State Standardized Test ‘Has Allowed White Supremacy to Flourish in Public Schools’

The state’s largest teachers union is blasting the MCAS test, saying it “has allowed white supremacy to flourish in public schools,” and has endorsed legislation designed to rethink the standardized test. Read Now

8. Child Welfare Services Reporting DC Parents for ‘Educational Neglect’ After Kids Stay Home Without School Approval

D.C. Public Schools has warned parents the public health emergency did not alter a District law requiring them to report students between the ages of 5 and 13 who incur 10 or more unexcused absences in a school year to CFSA. Read Now

7. Hundreds of Oregon Families Unable to Enroll in Online Charter School Because of Law Allowing Districts to Cap Students Who Can Attend

“They were very direct in basically telling me that they’re not going to let my kids go and in my opinion, they gave no reason for this. It was like they are a number and they need to keep their numbers,” said Frank Travis. Read Now

6. WATCH: Virginia School Board Squirms as Mom Reads Them the Gay Porn in Books Available to Students

The school board’s reaction was ironic: It silenced her, citing that there were children in the room. Read Now

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PERRIN and PRATHER: The Post-COVID Classical-Education Boom

When COVID hit, many parents were getting an insider’s look at their children’s classroom experience. And, too often, they didn’t like what they saw: declining standards and hollowed-out curricula, devoid of meaningful content. Read Now

5. Unions Squeeze Pro-Labor Priorities Into Democrats’ Spending Bill

Tucked amid the investments in child care, higher education and clean energy are below-the-radar provisions that would make it easier for workers to form unions. Read Now

4. Congressman Wants School Choice for Students Facing Mask Mandates, Critical Race Theory

U.S. Rep. Dan Bishop, R-9th District, introduced this week the Mask Off Act and the No Corrupt Racist Training Act. Read Now

3. Nearly 40 Cents of Every Education Dollar in Illinois Goes to Pensions

Rapidly rising pension costs compete with classroom spending, reducing resources for teachers and students while driving up property taxes. Read Now

2. Hackers Post Personal Info of Thousands of K-12 Students to ‘Dark Web’

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R., Tenn.) is calling on the Department of Education to bolster student privacy protections after hackers released thousands of children’s personal information online. Read Now

1. Charter Schools Experienced More Growth During the Pandemic Than They’ve Seen in the Past Six Years

In contrast to traditional public schools, which saw a significant, 1.4 million drop in student enrollment during the tumultuous year, charter schools in 39 states saw an influx of 240,000 new students — a 7 percent increase over last year, the review showed. Read Now

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