WEEKLY WIRE: 10 Must-Read Education Stories – 7.22.22

Democrats Lose Ground on Education, Teachers Reveal Why They’re Really Leaving, Test Scores Remain Below Pre-Pandemic Levels and More
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10. Superintendent of Washington State District Suspended for ‘Toxic Workplace’ to Receive Nearly $400,000 Severance

The superintendent of Monroe School District, Justin Blasko, has announced he will resign following a series of accusations of creating a toxic workplace. The Monroe School Board approved the separation agreement, agreeing to pay $396,000 to Blasko for his resignation. Read Now

9. California High School Plan to Open Planned Parenthood Clinic Leaves Parents Enraged

Protesters rallied against a proposal to open a Planned Parenthood clinic on Monday, while gathered outside a California high school board meeting. Read Now

8. Florida’s Private School Enrollment Eclipses 400,000 Students

Florida’s private school enrollment bounced back from the pandemic stronger and healthier than ever according to the Florida Department of Education’s latest annual report on private schools. Read Now

7. Fairfax School Employees Accused of Stealing As Many as 35,000 Laptops

Two Fairfax County schools employees and a third man have been charged with stealing as many as 35,000 county-owned laptops, resulting in roughly $2 million in losses, Fairfax County police said. Read Now

6. As Traditional New York City Public Schools Project Losing Another 30,000 Students, Charter Schools See Enrollment Increases

Enrollment at Department of Education schools plummeted 8.3% over the COVID-19 pandemic school years of 2020-21 and 2021-22, the report, released Wednesday by the city’s Independent Budget Office found. Read Now

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Charters Are (Still) The Future Of School Choice

With parents frustrated at the public education system, school choice is having a moment. Read Now

5. Judge Blocks Education Department’s Title IX Guidance That Expands Protections to Include ‘Gender Identity’

A federal judge temporarily blocked the Education Department’s Title IX guidance, which prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Read Now

4. 615 Midwestern Teachers Reveal Why They’re Really Leaving the Classroom

Countless education advocates have spent the last few months warning of the approaching teacher shortage—myself included. Voices from the left have warned of every reason from low teacher pay to COVID-19 policy to parents at school board meetings, while closer colleagues of mine in the center and on the right have suggested a behavioral crisis. Read Now

3. At Least 181 K-12 Educators Charged With Child Sex Crimes in First Half of 2022

At least 181 K-12 educators, including four principals, were arrested on child sex-related crimes in the U.S. in the first six months of 2022, ranging from child pornography to raping students. Read Now

2. Democrats Cede ‘Party of Education’ Label

Likely voters in 62 congressional battleground districts no longer trust Democrats over Republicans on issues related to education. Read Now

1. ‘Long Road to Recovery’: Math, Reading Scores Remain Below Pre-Pandemic Levels

The nation’s students showed small signs of academic recovery during the 2021-22 school year, but high absenteeism, quarantines and short-term closures “thwarted hopes of a strong comeback,” new data shows. Read Now

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