10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

School Boards Clamp Down on Public Comments, Students Give Lap Dances to Teachers During 'Man Pageant,' College Enrollment Sees Largest Two-Year Decline in 50 Years, and More

10. Texas Classrooms Staffed With Remote Teachers Delivering Lessons to Students on a Screen

About a month into the start of the school year in Lancaster ISD, Leslie Beal’s seventh grade daughter came home with news that she had new teachers in some of her classes. Read Now

9. Florida School Board Member Boasts About Taking Elementary Students on Field Trip to Gay Bar

Wilton Manors Elementary School brought students to Rosie’s, a local gay bar, for a field trip, a school board member announced Wednesday. Read Now

8. Pittsburgh Public Schools Sent Nearly 1,000 Students to Truancy Court During COVID

Despite mounting barriers to virtual attendance, truancy citations summoned families and students to court, even as state lawmakers, researchers, local leaders and truancy experts urged for leniency. Read Now

7. AFT Teachers Union President Praises Op-Ed Claiming Parents Don’t Have Right to Shape Kids’ Curriculum

The head of one of the most prominent teachers unions is facing a wave of backlash after she tweeted support for an op-ed that argued parents don’t have the right to shape their kids’ school curriculum. Read Now

6. The Ripple Effect: New Research Shows How Private School Choice Programs Boost Competition and Benefit Public School Students

As a private school choice program grows, how does increased competition affect educational outcomes for public school students who don’t use scholarships or vouchers? Read Now

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DABROWSKI AND KINGNER: How Can 84% of Chicago Students Graduate When Only 26% of 11th Graders Are Proficient in Reading, Math?

It’s shameful. Chicago Public School officials want to celebrate a record graduation rate when much of the other data shows they are failing Chicago’s children. Read Now

5. 47% of Cleveland’s Students Are on Pace to Be Chronically Absent This School Year, More Than Double Pre-Pandemic Levels

The Cleveland school district has mostly returned to normal this fall after thousands of students vanished during the pandemic last academic year, but a big aftershock has officials worried — twice as many students are skipping class than before COVID hit. Read Now

4. College Enrollment Notched the Largest Two-Year Decline in 50 Years

College enrollment was supposed to bounce back this fall. Instead, more students opted out. Read Now

3. ‘The Kids Are in Charge and They Know It’: Back to School Has Brought Guns, Fighting and Acting Out

Much of the attention around the return to school after months of remote learning has focused on academic losses, but educators also feared emotional damage and behavioral unrest as students who have seen their lives upended by the pandemic adjust to being in school buildings again. Read Now

2. Kentucky High School’s ‘Man Pageant’ Under Investigation After Photos Surface Showing Students Giving Lap Dances to Staff

Photos that were subsequently taken down from the athletics department’s Facebook page showed students in underclothing giving lap dances to faculty and staff, including Hazard High School Principal Donald “Happy” Mobelini, who is also mayor of the Perry County city. Read Now

1. School Boards Clamp Down on Public Comments

Parents in one Kentucky school district must communicate with their school board via email after a meeting devolved into a shouting match. In northern Virginia, school officials restricted who is eligible to speak at their meetings. A Florida school board is considering shortening public comment to one minute per person. Read Now

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