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10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

Enrollment Drops Haunt Districts, States Push Critical Race Theory with COVID Cash, Biden Claims Kids in Classrooms Don't Belong to Parents, and More

10. Bloomberg Donates $200 Million to Two High-Profile New York City Charter School Networks

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday he’s donating a whopping $100 million each to two high-profile charter networks: Harlem Children’s Zone and Success Academy. Read Now

9. Scathing Report Details Years of Sexual and Physical Misconduct Among Students, and a Boston School’s Failure to Intervene

Boston’s Mission Hill K-8 School endangered and failed children for years by overlooking allegations of sexual abuse and bullying and neglecting students with disabilities, a scathing investigative report released Wednesday found. Read Now

8. High-Priority Calls for the Most Serious Crimes in Buffalo Schools Jumped 42% Since Before the Pandemic

Violence in Buffalo high schools has been a growing problem that the district has largely ignored until recently. Read Now

7. Milwaukee District Spending COVID Relief on Teacher Bonuses and ‘Green’ Projects, $170,000 Will Fund a Director of Remote Work

This $9.6 million installment, coming after the district already received about $770 million in federal relief funds, is a result of Gov. Tony Evers’ decision to give $110 million of the state’s allocation to K-12 schools around the state. Read Now

6. Los Angeles District Failed to Properly Educate Students With Disabilities During the Pandemic, Federal Investigation Finds

Los Angeles Unified failed to provide appropriate education to students with disabilities during the pandemic as required under federal law and must provide extra services to help some of the most vulnerable students recover from the significant voids in their learning, the U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday. Read Now


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HOLMQUIST: Trivial Schooling = More Absenteeism

If students are not being trained to be life-long learners in school, then what use is it for them to be there? They may as well skip it. Read Now


5. Teachers Union President Randi Weingarten Says Parental Rights Bills Are the Way ‘Wars Start’

National teachers-union boss Randi Weingarten recently likened encouraging parents to get involved in how their kids are being taught to fighting words — saying it’s the way “wars start.” Read Now

4. SCOTUS Hears Religious Liberty Case, Appears Sympathetic to High School Football Coach Ousted After Midfield Prayers

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared to be leaning against a public school that ousted a football coach for praying on the 50-yard line after games as some justices suggested Monday that they saw the prayers as a private matter. Read Now

3. States Using Billions in COVID Relief Money to Push Critical Race Theory in Schools, Report Says

Blue states across the country are using billions of taxpayer dollars from President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package to push core tenets of critical race theory (CRT) in public schools. Read Now

2. Biden Tells Teachers: Children Are ‘Yours When They’re in the Classroom’

President Joe Biden repeatedly told teachers gathered at the White House that school children are “like yours when they’re in the classroom.” Read Now

1. Enrollment Declines Haunt School Districts That Stayed Remote Longer, Enforced Masking

Public school enrollment dropped more sharply in school districts that remained remote longer compared to those that reopened for in-person learning sooner, a new analysis finds, as well as in districts that adopted heavy masking policies and those in counties that supported President Joe Biden over former President Donald Trump. Read Now

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