10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

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10. Student Gets A’s at School She’s Never Attended

Lila Nelson usually loves getting report cards for her high-achieving daughter, Miriam, but the transcripts from San Francisco’s Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School giving the 12-year-old girl some A’s didn’t make her proud. They made her confused and angry. Read Now

9. Austin District Removes Sixth Grade From Two F-Rated Middle Schools in Attempt to Deter Students From Transferring Out

Martin and Mendez middle schools will not offer sixth grade next year. Austin ISD officials announced the change last week in a letter to families, saying it will help both schools gain enrollment and do better academically. Read Now

8. New Jersey Blocks Expansion of High-Performing Newark Charter Schools With Waitlists of Families Seeking Admission

New Jersey has blocked the expansion of three Newark charter schools — North Star Academy, Philip’s Academy, and Roseville Community Charter School — a sign that Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration is continuing to take a harder line on charter school growth than his Republican predecessor. Read Now

7. Los Angeles District Prepping for Thousands of Unvaccinated Students by Ramping Up Online School

Anticipating that thousands of Los Angeles Unified students still may not be vaccinated this fall, the Board of Education has taken the first steps toward a major expansion of remote learning, including creating as many as six new online schools that could enroll up to 15,000 students. Read Now

6. Wisconsin Lawmaker Under Fire for Deleted Tweet Suggesting Parents ‘Should Home School or Pay for Private School’ if They Want a Say in Education

Democratic Wisconsin State Rep. Lee Snodgrass, of Appleton, is coming under fire for a tweet she shared Thursday morning and has since deleted. Read Now

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WELCH: Teachers Union Head Randi Weingarten Is COVID’s Most Evil Official

During an MSNBC interview Tuesday, Weingarten tried to sustain the gaslighting fiction that she is “in favor of an off-ramp on masks” in schools, while contradicting that claim in the very same paragraph. Read Now

5. What’s Fueling the Book ‘Banning’ Boom in Public Schools?

There appears to be a frenzy of book “banning” in public schools, with the challenge to Maus in a Tennessee district just the most recent to grab headlines. But has there truly been an explosion of challenges? And if so, why? Read Now

4. Despite Influx of $190 Billion in Federal Stimulus Money, School Districts Battle in Court for More Funding

A one-time influx of $190 billion in federal stimulus money is helping school districts nationwide recover from pandemic-related setbacks. Still, many regions find themselves facing severe budget shortfalls and fighting with state governments to provide longer-term financial stability. Read Now

3. Democrat Governors Suddenly Lift Mask Rules, Shifting Pressure to School Leaders

As some of the last statewide mask mandates in the U.S. near an end, decisions about whether students and teachers should continue to wear masks in school are shifting to local leaders, who are caught in the middle of one of the most combustible issues of the pandemic. Read Now

2. Kids as Young as 5 or 6 Still Get Arrested at Schools

A USA TODAY analysis of federal crime reports identified more than 2,600 arrests in schools involving kids ages 5 to 9 between 2000 and 2019. Read Now

1. More High Schoolers Fall Off Track to Graduate Within Four Years

More ninth graders fell off track to graduate last year as failing grades and absences stacked up, new data from a handful of states show. Read Now

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