WEEKLY WIRE: 10 Must-Read Education Stories – 8.5.22

A Textbook Publisher Abandons Instruction for Politics, Homeschoolers Double in Nation’s Largest District, and More
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10. Fire Marshal Threatens Fines if Georgia Learning Pods Don’t Apply for Certificates of Occupancy They Say They Don’t Need

Advocates of homeschooling and hybrid schooling in Georgia are crying foul and accusing a local official of flouting state laws and “weaponizing” building codes to unfairly punish learning pods. Read Now

9. Florida School District Spends $100,000 on Three-Day Retreat at the Luxury Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort

About 180 Broward school administrators traveled to Naples for a recent three-day retreat at the luxury Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, costing taxpayers an estimated $100,000. Read Now

8. More Failure in Chicago: About One-Third of Traditional Schools Are Half Empty or Worse

The 20 most-empty CPS schools are only 5 to 25 percent full – most with depressing educational outcomes. Read Now

7. Los Angeles District Estimates Tens of Thousands of Students Are Missing From Back-to-School Rosters

Two weeks before school starts, Los Angeles Unified Supt. Alberto M. Carvalho estimates that between 10,000 and 20,000 students are not enrolled or stopped attending last year, with the problem most pronounced in the youngest grades. Read Now

6. As Student Performance Plummets, Minneapolis District Spending $2M to Incorporate ‘Ethnic, Racial, and Cultural Diversity’ Into K-5 Math Curriculum

Less than half of Minneapolis Public School elementary students, 43 percent, are proficient in math, 14 points lower than the Minnesota average. Read Now


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The Parent Movement Needs School Choice

After school closures dragged on and parents encountered more and more radical curriculum, bold parents are speaking up at school board meetings, writing letters, requesting meetings with district officials, and even running for school board. Will it help? Read Now


5. Number of NYC Homeschooled Students Has More Than Doubled Since COVID Pandemic

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of Big Apple homeschool students has more than doubled, to roughly 12,900 kids, according to the data. Read Now

4. Denver District Pays $2.1M to Settle Lawsuit Alleging It Lied About Service Hours to Obtain AmeriCorps Funds

Denver Public Schools has agreed to pay $2.1 million to settle allegations that it used AmeriCorps funds to offer benefits to existing employees for performing their regular job duties. Read Now

3. Fewer Than 18% of Des Moines Black Male 11th-Graders Are Proficient in Math

Fewer Des Moines Public Schools’ Black male students are proficient in math compared to last year, a new state assessments shows. Read Now

2. Latest Federal Data Show 36% of Students Behind in at Least One Academic Subject

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said in a statement the data points to ”significant progress” made by students during the 2021-22 school year. Read Now

1. Pearson Textbooks Ditch Instruction for Propaganda

Pearson, one of the country’s leading publishers of textbooks, assessments, and other instructional materials, has refocused its curriculum development away from academic learning practices in pursuit of political narratives, gender theory, anti-racism, and progressive activism. Read Now

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