10 Must-Read Education Stories From This Week

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10. Philly’s De Facto Charter School Ban Creates a Ballooning Waitlist

It’s been more than three years since the Philadelphia Board of Education last approved a new public charter school. Read Now

9. Hoboken Residents Form Coalition to Campaign Against $241 Million High School Proposal

At the Hoboken Board of Education’s first public meeting to discuss its plans for a new taxpayer-funded high school, resident after resident came out against the proposal. Read Now

8. California Schools Risk ‘Colossal’ Funding Hit as Enrollment Drops

Without help from the state, California’s school districts could face a sudden drop in funding after two years of not being penalized for declining enrollment. Read Now

7. 100 Ohio Districts Sue Over Vouchers, Saying They Unconstitutionally Funnel Money Away From Public Schools

Calling it “an existential threat to Ohio’s public school system,” 100 school districts filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the constitutionality of the state’s voucher system. Read Now

6. Arizona to Offer Families Up to $7,000 if Their Schools Close

Despite a push to fully reopen schools this fall, Parents in Arizona faced with the sudden prospect of their children’s schools returning to remote learning will have resources that Gov. Doug Ducey hopes will keep them working. Read Now


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SEWALL: Ms. Work-to-Rule and Our Fading School Standards

Covid conscious, allergic to academic rigor, the head of your local teachers union is in charge now. Read Now


5. Chicago Mayor: Teachers Union’s Refusal to Come to Work Made Us a ‘Laughingstock’

As the Omicron variant triggers a new wave of Covid-19 cases, educators in the nation’s third-largest school district voted late Tuesday to not report to work. Read Now

4. Analysis: NEA Teachers Union Post Blames ‘Dark Money’ for School Culture Wars — But Is Silent About the Funds It Pays Its Own Experts

The National Education Association has a long tradition of finding hidden cabals behind groups that place themselves in opposition to the union’s agenda. Read Now

3. 2022 Virtual Learning Wave Disproportionately Harming Minority, Low-Income Students

The beginning of the second semester in K-12 education has been halted, adjusted, and left in uncertainty in many of the United States’ biggest public schools. Read Now

2. How Money Meant to ‘Help Schools Reopen’ Was Spent on CRT Initiatives Instead

Many schools are not resuming classes as the year begins, citing COVID-19, after spending some of the $130 billion schools received for reopening on Critical Race Theory-infused initiatives instead, a review of funding applications shows. Read Now

1. The Schools Keep Closing

Some 4,561 U.S. schools either shifted to virtual or closed temporarily for at least one day this week, according to a school opening tracker maintained by Burbio, which aggregates school, government, library and community event information. Read Now

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