10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

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10. Student Newspaper Exposes Data Leak in Georgia District’s Online Network

Thousands of files of student data — including Social Security numbers, medical records and academic transcripts — were exposed to all students and employees in the DeKalb County School District’s network, according to a high school student newspaper. Read Now

9. Los Angeles Teachers Union Seeks 20% Salary Increase Over Two Years

UTLA seeks higher pay, smaller classes, lower workloads, and a promise to address student food and housing insecurity. Read Now

8. Portland Parents Say Kids Are Missing Out on Learning as ‘Subs Don’t Really Teach’ While Students Disrupt Class or Roam the Hallways

Sylena’s time as an eighth grader at Harriet Tubman Middle School in Northeast Portland is almost up. But for the last month, she says she hasn’t really learned much. Read Now

7. Chicago Signals End to Forced Enrollment in Military-Run Classes Following Investigation

Hundreds of Chicago Public Schools students at predominantly Black and Latino high schools were forced to participate in what is supposed to be a “voluntary” military-run training program, according to a new report released Wednesday detailing an investigation by the district’s watchdog. Read Now

6. Wisconsin District Files Title IX Complaint Against Students, Accusing Them of Sexual Harassment for Using Incorrect Pronouns

An investigation into three Kiel Middle School students has been launched. Read Now


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SOAVE: This Is the School Choice Moment. Will the GOP Screw It Up?

Republicans are in danger of squandering a promising opportunity for education reform on culture war squabbles. Read Now


5. Kansas Governor Signs Bill Allowing Students to Go to Any District School in the State

Starting in June 2024, Kansas students will be allowed to go to any public school district in the state, as long as the school has space. Read Now

4. Tennessee Supreme Court Clears Path for Long-Blocked School Choice Program

Tennessee’s highest court ruled Wednesday that Republican Gov. Bill Lee’s school voucher program does not violate the state’s constitution, clearing the biggest hurdle for a program that would let families use taxpayer dollars on private schools. Read Now

3. High School Grade Inflation a ‘Systemic Problem’ That Accelerated During the Pandemic, Study Finds

A new report from ACT, the nonprofit organization that administers the ACT college readiness exam, finds evidence of grade inflation in high school seniors’ GPAs between 2010 and 2021. Read Now

2. Schools Are Reportedly Struggling to Spend Billions in COVID Relief Funds

The ARP set aside about $122 billion in pandemic recovery relief for schools, but according to a Wall Street Journal report, only about 7% of that money has been spent in total. Read Now

1. With Plunging Enrollment, a ‘Seismic Hit’ to Public Schools

All together, America’s public schools have lost at least 1.2 million students since 2020, according to a recently published national survey. State enrollment figures show no sign of a rebound to the previous national levels any time soon. Read Now

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