WEEKLY WIRE: 10 Must-Read Education Stories – 7.1.22

SCOTUS Sides With Praying Coach, a State Reclaims the Lead in Educational Freedom, Schools Price Parents Out of ‘Public Information’ and More
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10. California School Board Member Calls for July 4 Boycott, Says It’s Not a Day to Celebrate

A school board member in California sparked a firestorm on social media Tuesday when she shared her thoughts about the upcoming July 4th holiday. Read Now

9. Colorado District Sues State Over Order to Reorganize After 12 Years of Low Ratings, Claiming Accountability System Is Systemically Racist

A small school district north of Denver has filed a lawsuit in district court challenging a State Board of Education’s order that it reorganize — and possibly be dissolved or absorbed by other districts. Read Now

8. Buffalo Schools Failing to Document Violent Incidents As Required by State Law

Such omissions are not merely paperwork glitches. The state uses those incident reports to determine which schools are persistently dangerous. Students at those schools are supposed to be given the option to transfer to a safer school. Read Now

7. Hundreds of New Jersey Charter Students Are Wondering Where They Will Attend School Next Year After State Denies Expansions

Ninth grader Victorya Smith isn’t sure where she’ll be going to school in September. Her school, Achievers Early College Prep Charter School in Trenton, can’t expand to 10th grade, the state recently ruled. She’s applied to other schools, but her options are limited. Read Now

6. Seattle District Wants to Spend More on ‘Racial Equity’ Programs Than Math, Science

As more students fail to meet academic standards in Seattle, public education officials in the city are proposing that diversity, equity, and inclusion programs receive more funding than core academic subjects. Read Now


Commentary of the Week:

Teachers: Read the Opinion Before Giving Your Opinion

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5. Parents Around the Country Say School Districts Are Pricing Them Out of the ‘Public Information’ They Seek

School districts across the nation are employing a dirty little tactic to keep information about objectional content out of parents’ hands, critics say. Read Now

4. More Than Half of Memphis Second Graders at Risk for Retention Under Reading Policy

Of the 8,153 second graders in the district, 4,545 students, or 56%, are not reading at the grade-level metrics the district requires, MSCS said in a press release issued late Friday afternoon. Read Now

3. Progressive School Leaders Embrace What Was Once Taboo: Pay Incentives for Teachers

Dozens of districts across the country are handing out big checks in order to entice educators into a job. Read Now

2. ‘Gold Standard of Educational Freedom’: Arizona Governor Ducey to Grant School Choice for 1.1 Million Arizona Students

Arizona is poised to become the first state with a universal school choice program once Gov. Doug Ducey (R) signs legislation he says will “transform” the state and serve as an education model for the nation. Read Now

1. U.S. Supreme Court Sides With High School Coach Over 50-Yard-Line Prayers

The justices’ decision found that the school system infringed the coach’s religious freedom and freedom of speech rights by seeking to block him from engaging in public prayers on the field. Read Now

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