10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

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10. Minneapolis, St. Paul Teachers Union Members Authorize Strike

Teachers and education support staff in both Minneapolis and St. Paul schools district have voted to authorize a strike against the districts. Read Now

9. North Carolina District to Use Federal COVID Relief Money to Give Staff Almost $5,000 in Bonuses

The Durham school board will use federal COVID relief money to give employees new bonuses, after public school workers petitioned for more financial support. Read Now

8. Detroit District Plans to Spend $700M in COVID Relief on Facility Repairs, New Schools

The proposed overhaul would address decades of disinvestment in Michigan’s largest school district, said Nikolai Vitti, DPSCD superintendent, and if approved would allow the district to spend the next five years working on buildings as it seeks “equitable state funding” to address its long-term facility needs that exceed $2 billion. Read Now

7. Homeschooling Nearly Doubled in New York City Since Pandemic’s Start

This school year, roughly 14,800 children across the five boroughs have opted to learn outside of school walls, according to internal education department data obtained by Chalkbeat. Read Now

6. Oregon Department of Education Links Standardized Testing to ‘White Supremacy’

Standardized testing is rooted in “white supremacy” and has been “weaponized” against students, according to some on the Oregon Department of Education’s state board. Read Now

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MILLER: The New Politics of School Choice

It is surging in popularity as parents become more activist. Read Now

5. Lawsuits Challenge High School Admissions Policies That Replace Merit With Equity

When school started last fall at one of the nation’s most competitive and prestigious public high schools, the incoming freshman class looked different by design. Read Now

4. Catholic Schools See First Enrollment Increase in Two Decades

Catholic schools experienced their first enrollment increase in 20 years after decades of declining enrollment and school closures prior to the coronavirus pandemic – a downward trajectory that raised questions about whether the Catholic education model could survive. Read Now

3. GOP Looks to Go on Offense at State Level With Curriculum Transparency Push

Republicans in dozens of state legislatures have introduced bills aimed at expanding curriculum transparency in public schools following months of backlash from parent activists over the inclusion of critical race theory and gender ideology in lessons. Read Now

2. Schools’ COVID Policies Have Resulted in ‘First-Graders Who Can’t Sing the Alphabet Song’

Young children learning to read — especially Black and Hispanic students — are in need of significant support nearly two years after the pandemic disrupted their transition into school, according to new assessment results. Read Now

1. Landslide Recall of Three San Francisco School Board Members a Warning for Democrats Nationwide

The parents of San Francisco have spoken, and their message is echoing like a wake-up call across the country. Read Now

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