10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

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10. Missouri Bill Would Let Students Graduate Early and Use Their School Funds for College

Students graduating early from high school and advancing to a postsecondary institution would receive 90% of the funding spent on them by their school district under a proposed bill in the Missouri Legislature. Read Now

9. Alabama School Administrator Found Guilty in $10 Million Enrollment Fraud Scheme

An Athens City public school administrator was convicted Friday on federal charges in a scheme that defrauded Alabama public schools of approximately $10 million according to prosecutors. Read Now

8. New York City Still Spending $30 Million a Month on In-School COVID Testing Program

As New York City peels back virus safety measures in schools, including mask mandates and social distancing guidelines, one tool remains in place: its in-school COVID testing program that swabs a slice of each school community every week. Read Now

7. Undercover Video: Idaho School Officials Discuss Bypassing State Critical Race Theory Ban

Officials in several Idaho school districts were caught in an undercover video discussing different ways to bypass the state’s ban on teaching critical race theory in public schools. Read Now

6. Why Switching to Permanent Daylight Saving Time Could Be Dangerous for Students

Sleep researchers agree ending the biannual clock adjustment makes sense, but disagree about how: Adolescents, they say, need more daylight in the morning, not the evening — the reason why there’s been a push in recent years to start high school classes later. Read Now

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LIPS: Teachers Unions Lose the ‘Drain Resources’ Argument

In 2022, this canard should finally be put to bed. Read Now

5. Number of Chronically Absent Students in Baltimore Jumps to Nearly 50%

We’re learning more about the impact on students after a year of school shutdowns. And the more we learn, the worse it seems to get. Read Now

4. Vermont Senate Moves to Define ‘Adequate Safeguards’ That Would Exclude Religious Schools From Choice Program

The Vermont Senate voted Wednesday to advance legislation that would set limits on public money going to private and religious schools. A final vote on the bill, S.219, is expected later this week, after which the measure would move to the House. Read Now

3. Less Than 15% of Charlotte Third Graders on Track to Meet Reading Standards

Based on preliminary testing, less than 15% of all third-graders — and less than 10% of those who are Black or Hispanic — are expected to earn year-end scores that indicate they’re on track for academic success. Read Now

2. Biden Administration Proposes Tougher Regulations for Charter School Grants

Charter schools looking for federal start-up grants would face stricter requirements under new rules proposed by the Biden administration. Read Now

1. More Than One Million Teachers Had at Least One Student Who Never Showed Up for Class Last Year

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed students’ school experience, and some continue to face obstacles to attending. Read Now

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