10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

School Enrollment Plummets, Biden Administration Reveals Plan to Vaccinate Children, White Students Lie to Improve College Admission Chances and More

10. Minnesota Sheriff Plans to Open Charter School Focused on Public Service

Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher is planning to open a new charter school next year that aims to steer students toward careers in public service. Read Now

9. Alabama Officials Consider Delaying Decision to Hold Back Thousands of Elementary Students Not Reading on Grade Level

Some schools have more than half of their third-grade students at risk of retention, according to State Superintendent Eric Mackey. Read Now

8. ACLU Sues Oklahoma Over Law Prohibiting Schools From Teaching Critical Race Theory

The plaintiffs say House Bill 1775, which Gov. Kevin Stitt signed into law this year, is unconstitutional under the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Read Now

7. Department of Justice Says Utah District Was Deliberately Indifferent to ‘Serious and Widespread Racial Harassment’ in Schools

Black students in Davis School District told Department of Justice investigators that they were routinely called the N-word or other racial epithets by other non-Black students, and they were told that their skin was dirty or looked like feces. Read Now

6. Michigan School Choice Supporters Are Battling on Two Fronts

They’ve taken their fight to both the courts and the state Legislature in a renewed push. Read Now

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ADAMS: My Late Father Was a Great Teacher. He Wouldn’t Last a Week in the Modern Classroom.

Here was a man who ardently believed in the Socratic method of teaching, walking up and down rows of desks, never allowing anyone to hide in a classroom crevice or sulk with proud indifference. Students eventually came to understand that his affection for them was intimately tied to his belief in their capacity to learn and achieve. After all, a good teacher doesn’t tolerate student ignorance or indifference. Read Now

5. Merrick Garland Defends Decision to Mobilize FBI Against Alleged Threats to School Board Members

Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday defended his decision to mobilize the FBI to work with state and local law enforcement in addressing rising threats of violence against school board members during testimony before Congress. Read Now

4. Christian Schools Boom in a Revolt Against Curriculum and Pandemic Rules

With public schools on the defensive, is this a blip or a ‘once-in-100-year moment for the growth of Christian education’? Read Now

3. White Students Say They Lied About Their Race to Improve Chances of College Admission, Financial Aid Benefits

Some college applicants are misrepresenting their race in an effort to use their desired school’s diversity efforts to gain admission, or obtain more financial aid. Read Now

2. Biden Administration Reveals Plan to Vaccinate Young Children, Says Shots Will Be Distributed to Schools

Ahead of the expected authorization of the COVID vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, the Biden administration says the shots will be distributed to school-based clinics as well as pediatricians’ offices, pharmacies, and other sites. Read Now

1. Enrollment in the U.S. Education System Plummeted During the Pandemic

The number of individuals enrolled in the U.S. education system dropped by 2.9 million from 2019 to 2020, according to new data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Read Now

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