10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

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10. ‘Lunch Police’: Pennsylvania School Will Search Students’ Lunches to Confiscate Snacks

One Pennsylvania school is taking a stand against snacking after an “excessive” amount of goodies was brought in, according to school officials. Read Now

9. Violent Crimes Increase in Denver Schools After District Removes Police

It’s been a full semester since Denver Public Schools eliminated school resource officers and is only using its in-house security guard unit instead. The elimination was meant to help reduce the “school to prison pipeline,” but some students say they still feel unsafe at school. Read Now

8. Austin Residents and Officials Outraged After Details of School District’s ‘Pride Week’ Comes to Light

The district provided a weeks’ worth of lesson guides for all grade levels that included restorative circles, instruction regarding gender stereotypes, and identity reflections. Read Now

7. Judge Rules Against Florida Christian School on Pregame Prayer

In a long-running legal battle, a federal judge has rejected arguments that the Florida High School Athletic Association improperly prevented Christian schools from offering a prayer over a stadium loudspeaker before a 2015 state championship football game. Read Now

6. Laptops, Staffing, a $3 Million Gym: Oregon Districts Use COVID Relief Funds on School Improvements

Districts across Oregon are required to spend some of their new, one-time, federal funds from the American Rescue Plan, also known as ESSER III, on addressing learning loss. But there’s no real requirement for the rest of the money. Read Now


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CHU: Biden Goes All In on the Teachers Unions’ Agenda

With Democrats eyeing a possible shellacking in this fall’s midterm elections, the Biden administration has inexplicably decided to try to stave off disaster by doubling down on the teachers unions’ hoary anti-reform agenda. Read Now


5. Chronic Absenteeism in New York City Schools Hits Alarming 40%

With 938,000 students enrolled in NYC’s schools, that means some 375,000 kids are missing too much school and falling too far behind. Read Now

4. Student Math Scores Touch Off ‘Five-Alarm Fire’ in California

Math scores of California’s average eighth graders on standardized tests in 2021 were in line with the knowledge and skills of fifth graders, according to a new analysis of the state’s Smarter Balanced tests. Read Now

3. ‘I Don’t Understand Anything’: Thanks to Pandemic School Closures, New College Students Are Failing

Many students whose last years of high school were disrupted by the pandemic are struggling in the foundational college courses they need to succeed later in their academic and professional careers. Read Now

2. Teachers Union Spends More on Dem Causes Than Its Own Members, Analysis Finds

A new analysis of the National Education Association’s spending shows that in 2020-2021 the teachers union spent a fraction of its money on representing members and more than double that amount on political activities. Read Now

1. ‘It’s Going to Be a Hurricane of Massive Proportions’: Urban Districts Worry as Students Continue to Flee

The fallout from lost students is likely to lead to major layoffs and closures if districts don’t recover by 2024, when federal relief funds dry up. After that? “Armageddon,” one superintendent said. Read Now

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