10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

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10. Louisiana Catholic School for Students With Special Needs Doubles Its Enrollment in Two Years

By the time Natalie Cohen’s son, Emmett, was diagnosed with autism at age 11 he had already been asked to leave several schools for exhibiting behavioral issues. Read Now

9. Illinois Teachers Union Leaders Demand End to Standardized Student Testing: ‘This Is a Racist Relic of the Past’

With the state expected to unveil a new standardized testing program in the coming months, educators, union leaders and parents have joined forces to oppose more frequent interim assessments, which they say would waste valuable classroom instruction time and offer no benefits to student learning. Read Now

8. Former Students Allege ‘Abusive, Predatory’ Indiana Teacher Groomed Teens, Encouraged Them to Commit Suicide

A group of former North Central High School students is suing Washington Township Schools, alleging the district failed to keep them safe from a former teacher who they say was grooming and harassing students for years. Read Now

7. Students in Philadelphia Middle Schools — and Some Elementary Schools — Will Now Be Subject to Periodic Weapons Scans

In the face of rising gun violence, the Philadelphia School District is beginning periodic weapons screenings in all middle schools and elementary schools with middle grades, effective Monday. Read Now

6. Kansas Legislation Would Allow Students to Enroll in Any School District

Open enrollment in Kansas schools is essentially a done deal. Lawmakers added it as a provision to the Kansas Education Funding bill that awaits Gov. Laura Kelly’s signature. Read Now

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FINK: Towards Virtue Education: A Primer

Every education system begins to fail its students the moment it forgets that its students are human. But it fails those students all the more when it remembers that they are human but neglects their humanity. Read Now

5. Oregon Education Department Mandates That Schools Put Period Products in Boys and Girls Bathrooms

Oregon’s Department of Education is forcing public schools to put menstruation products in all bathrooms, according to the department’s website. Read Now

4. Only 48% of Minnesota Third-Graders Scored ‘Proficient’ on Standardized Reading Tests Last Year

When Rachel Berger’s son was diagnosed with dyslexia in kindergarten, she thought she found the “golden key” to getting him the right support in school. Read Now

3. Meet the Gatekeepers of Students’ Private Lives: Former Surveillance Company Staff Share Stories of Monitoring Kids’ Deepest Secrets

Megan Waskiewicz used to sit at the top of the bleachers, rest her back against the wall and hide her face behind the glow of a laptop monitor. While watching one of her five children play basketball on the court below, she knew she had to be careful. Read Now

2. Randi Weingarten Claims Teachers Unions Worked to Reopen Schools

The head of the nation’s second-largest teachers union, Randi Weingarten, raised eyebrows Tuesday for claiming that the union had worked hard to reopen schools during the pandemic. Read Now

1. The High Costs of Long School Closures: Students in Low-Income Areas Suffered the Most

Students who stayed home for most of 2020-21 fared much worse. On average, they lost the equivalent of about 50 percent of a typical school year’s math learning during the study’s two-year window. Read Now

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