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10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

School Boards Ask Biden to Protect Them From Parents, Disruptive Student Behaviors Increase, Cardona Won’t Say if Parents Should Be ‘Primary’ Stakeholders and More

10. Why a Homeschooling Mom Is Running for Denver School Board

A Denver mother who homeschools her son and once worked as a bilingual paraprofessional in public schools is running for an at-large seat on the school board. Read Now

9. Detroit Teachers and Staff Say School Security Officer Shortage Is Putting Them at Risk

The Detroit Federation of Teachers says multiple teachers or counselors have been injured breaking up fights this school year already. They want security in all schools. Read Now

8. Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate: ‘I Don’t Think Parents Should Be Telling Schools What They Should Teach’

Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe argued that parents should not tell schools what to teach during a debate against his Republican opponent Glenn Youngkin on Tuesday. Read Now

7. Chicago School District Enrollment Nosedives, Dropping by More Than 24,000 Since the Pandemic Began

Enrollment in Chicago Public Schools dropped dramatically again this fall as the pandemic appears to be exacerbating a decade-long slide. Read Now

6. Los Angeles School District Enrollment Drops by More Than 27,000 Students, Steepest Decline in Years

Enrollment in the Los Angeles Unified School District has dropped by more than 27,000 students since last year, a decline of close to 6% — a much steeper slide than in any recent year. Read Now


Commentary of the Week:

McCLUSKEY: Anti-School Choice ‘History’ Keeps Getting the History Wrong

I’m at my wits’ end with choice opponents who proclaim dastardly motives and ignore historical reality to smear choice proponents as monstrous. Read Now


5. Armed With Protest Signs and Data, Minneapolis Parents Demand District Address Flagging Literacy Rates

So what does it look like when families storm their local school board armed with data showing not just their school system’s failures, but evidence of success elsewhere? Officials are finding out in Minneapolis Public Schools, where tensions over flagging literacy rates have built up over a decade. Read Now

4. ‘It’s Like We’ve Forgotten How to Socialize’: Schools Seeing an Uptick in Disruptive Student Behaviors

Schools across the country say they’re seeing an uptick in disruptive behaviors. Some are obvious and visible, like students trashing bathrooms, fighting over social media posts, or running out of classrooms. Others are quieter calls for help, like students putting their head down and refusing to talk. Read Now

3. As School Districts Use COVID Relief Money on Teacher Hiring and Bonuses, Others Struggle to Hang On to Staff

When a staffing crisis at Eastpointe Middle School outside Detroit forced administrators to close the school last month for more than a week, moving classes online, it wasn’t because of a Covid-19 outbreak. Read Now

2. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona Dodges When Asked if Parents Should Be ‘Primary Stakeholder’ of Child’s Education

Cardona sat before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Thursday to testify on school reopening strategies and policies around COVID-19. Read Now

1. School Boards Ask Biden for Protection Against Angry Parents, Suggesting Threats ‘Could Be the Equivalent to a Form of Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crimes’

A group whose members include 90,000 elected school board officials around the U.S. is asking President Biden, the FBI and the Secret Service to intervene to protect members who are facing unprecedented threats in the politically charged climate surrounding debates over COVID-19 and systemic racism. Read Now

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