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10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

FBI Tapped to Investigate Alleged School Board Threats, Districts Steer COVID Relief Aid to School Sports, Gifted and Talented Program Scrapped and More

10. St. Paul Students Getting a ‘C’ or Better Sent Home One Day a Week to Do Online Work While Peers Come to Class for Extra Help

Starting this week, South St. Paul High School students who are getting better-than-average grades in any class can stay home on Wednesdays and do online work. Read Now

9. Cops in Baltimore Schools Are Monitoring Students’ Laptops

When students search for keywords indicating interest in self-harm, software monitoring their computers will sometimes alert police first, not their counselor or school. Read Now

8. Feds May Claw Back Funding From Arizona Over Program Offering School Choice to Families Rejecting Mask Mandates

Gov. Doug Ducey’s programs that reward school districts for not imposing COVID-19 related mandates violate federal rules, and U.S. Treasury officials warned Tuesday that they may claw back federal stimulus dollars unless the state makes changes. Read Now

7. Philly Overhauls Admissions Process for Selective Magnet Schools to Be an ‘Antiracist Institution’

As part of an effort to be an “antiracist institution,” the Philadelphia school district is changing its school admissions process to make the city’s most coveted magnets more accessible to those who have been traditionally underrepresented — primarily low-income Black and Latino students. Read Now

6. New York City to Phase Out Its Gifted and Talented Program

The elementary school gifted and talented program that New York has known for the last several decades will no longer exist for incoming kindergarten students next fall, and within a few years, it will be eliminated completely, city officials told The New York Times. Read Now


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ZORC: Parents Are Fed Up With School Boards Bowing Down to Teachers Union Politics

Faced with the fact that public school students are falling far behind in educational performance, teachers unions are rewriting history and claiming that they aren’t the reason for this. Read Now


5. Indiana Violated Federal Law by Issuing Emergency Special Education Licenses

Indiana issued thousands of emergency special education teaching permits in violation of federal law over the last four years — placing some of the highest need students in the state with untrained teachers. Read Now

4. Homeschooling Inquiries Skyrocket After California Governor Announces Statewide Student Vaccination Mandate

Only hours after Governor Gavin Newsom announced a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for all schoolchildren of FDA approval age in California, homeschooling and tutoring inquiries shot up dramatically, with some homeschooling sites even going down to the sheer volume of users searching for help. Read Now

3. Ohio Lawmakers Unveil Plan to Offer Every K-12 Student School Choice

It’s called the backpack scholarship program, and it would direct the state treasurer to create “education savings accounts” for any student who wanted one starting in the summer of 2023. Read Now

2. Flush With Cash, Districts Steer COVID Relief Aid to School Sports

One Wisconsin school district built a new football field. In Iowa, a high school weight room is getting a renovation. Another in Kentucky is replacing two outdoor tracks — all of this funded by the billions of dollars in federal pandemic relief Congress sent to schools this year. Read Now

1. Attorney General Merrick Garland Taps FBI to Investigate ‘Disturbing Spike’ in Alleged Threats Against School Officials by Parents

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it is investigating threats made against teachers and school board members nationwide. Read Now

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