10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

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10. New ABC TV Drama ‘Abbott Elementary’ Portrays ‘The Struggle of Teachers Working in Schools With Little to No Funding’

ABC’s newest scripted comedy series Abbott Elementary receives praise after becoming the network’s first comedy premiere to quadruple ratings since its original airing. Read Now

9. As Arizona Classrooms Closed, Black Mothers Launched Their Own Microschools

In the Arizona desert, a new school model has Black parents driving across city lines to drop their children off each morning. Read Now

8. Texas School District Requires Parents Sign NDA Form to Challenge ‘Pornographic’ Books

Parents in a Dallas-area school district are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to participate in committee meetings that debate whether certain books are appropriate for school-aged children, according to documents obtained by the Daily Caller. Read Now

7. ‘Wake Up Call’: Maryland County Returns Police to Schools After Shooting

Maryland’s Montgomery County became the latest Democrat-run jurisdiction to reverse its decision to remove police officers from schools after it suffered the first school shooting in the county’s history last week, in which a 15-year-old boy was shot last Friday by a classmate. Read Now

6. Despite Receiving Nearly $150M in COVID Funds, Flint District Has Only Been Open for 6 Months During the Pandemic

Citing a recent surge in Covid-19 cases, Flint Community Schools announced it’s unknown when students will return to the classroom. Read Now

Commentary of the Week:

photo: National School Choice Week

CAMPANELLA: Why We Need to Keep Talking About School Choice

This National School Choice Week, I tip my hat to the people making learning possible everywhere. Read Now

5. SAT Test to Get Shorter and Go Online-Only, College Board Announces

Put down the pencils and grab your laptop: The SAT, one of the nation’s most commonly used college-entrance exams, is going digital. Read Now

4. School Mask Wars Reach Boiling Point as Districts Threaten Suspensions

The fight over school mask mandates greatly escalated in several localities this week, most notably in Virginia and New York, where an executive order in the former made masks optional and a judge’s decision in the latter made them at least temporarily mandatory for students. Read Now

3. ‘Turn Crisis Into Opportunity’: Cardona Pushes for More Federal Spending on Education, Raising Teachers’ Wages

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona pushed for funding increases to federal grants designed to boost low-income students and students with disabilities in a Thursday speech outlining his policy priorities for his second year in office. Read Now

2. State-Funded Pre-K Program Led to ‘Significantly Negative Effects’ for Kids

Children who attended Tennessee’s state-funded voluntary pre-K program during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years were doing worse than their peers by the end of sixth grade in academic achievement, discipline issues and special education referrals. The trend emerged by the end of third grade and was even more pronounced three years later. Read Now

1. Graduation Rates Fall Despite Relaxed Standards During Pandemic School Closures

High school graduation rates dipped in at least 20 states after the first full school year disrupted by the pandemic, suggesting the coronavirus may have ended nearly two decades of nationwide progress toward getting more students diplomas. Read Now

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