10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

District Covers Up Alleged Sexual Assault, Gap Grows Between Lowest and Highest-Performing Students, Libraries Recommend Pornographic Book to Kids and More

10. Wyoming High School Student Arrested for Trespassing After Defying Mask Mandate

Laramie High School was locked down for about 90 minutes Thursday morning during a showdown of wills between school administration and a 16-year-old junior who was arrested and removed from the school in handcuffs. Read Now

9. Texas School Leader Tells Teachers to Balance Holocaust Books With ‘Opposing’ Views

Teachers in the Carroll school district say they fear being punished for stocking classrooms with books dealing with racism, slavery and now the Holocaust. Read Now

8. Judge’s Ruling Strikes Blow to Kentucky’s New School Choice Law

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd’s decision delivers a crippling blow to the fledgling education opportunity account program, which narrowly became law earlier this year. Read Now

7. California Becomes First State to Require Ethnic Studies in High School

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Friday making California the first state to require all students to complete a semester-long course in ethnic studies to earn a high school diploma. Read Now

6. Report Shows Less Than 13% of Illinois Teachers Union Spending Directed Toward Representing Its Members

According to the report, the Illinois Education Association spent more than $77 million in 2020. Of that $77 million the IEA reported spending, about $9,766,252 went to representational activities. Read Now

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DEVINE: Virginia Dad Vilified for Defending Daughter Shows Rot at Heart of System

The callousness is what is so hard to stomach from the progressive elites of Loudoun County, Virginia, the wealthy dormitory community of Washington, DC. Read Now

5. State School Board Groups Disavow National Entity’s Call for DOJ to Investigate Parents

At least 11 state school board organizations are distancing themselves from a National School Boards Association letter asking President Joe Biden to take action against parents protesting progressive school policies. Read Now

4. Public Libraries Serving Millions of Students Reportedly Recommend Child Pornography Book to Children

Over sixty major public libraries in the United States and Canada have been recommending graphic illustrations of children engaging in sexual acts over the last five years. Read Now

3. Panorama Education, Owned by Merrick Garland’s Son-in-Law, Contracted With 23,000 Public Schools

Garland’s son-in-law is Xan Tanner, co-founder and president of Panorama Education. Panorama Education sells surveys to school districts across the country that focus on the local “social and emotion climate.” These surveys are then used as justification for new curriculum that some parents call critical race theory and find objectionable. Read Now

2. Nation’s Report Card Shows Widening Gap Between Higher and Lower-Performing Students, ‘Pervasive and Systemic Across All Subject Matter’

‘I’ve never reported a slide like that,’ an official with the group that administers the Nation’s Report Card said after analyzing the results. Read Now

1. Loudoun County Schools Tried to Conceal Sexual Assault Against Daughter in Bathroom, Father Says

On June 22, Scott Smith was arrested at a Loudoun County, Virginia, school board meeting, a meeting that was ultimately deemed an “unlawful assembly” after many attendees vocally opposed a policy on transgender students.

What people did not know is that weeks prior on May 28, Smith says, a boy allegedly wearing a skirt entered a girls’ bathroom at nearby Stone Bridge High School, where he sexually assaulted Smith’s ninth-grade daughter. Read Now

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