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People stand on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 11, 2022, in Washington, D.C.
People stand on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 11, 2022, in Washington, D.C.
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Law & Courts Supreme Court Declines to Hear School District's Transgender Restroom Case
The case asked whether federal law protects transgender students on the use of school facilities that correspond to their gender identity.
Mark Walsh, January 16, 2024
4 min read
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School & District Management Racial and Gender Disparities in the Superintendent's Office, in Charts
A study of America's second-largest state adds to research detailing deep gender and racial disparities in districts’ top positions.
3 min read
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School & District Management A New Study Details Gender and Racial Disparities in the Superintendent's Office
Women and people of color are less likely than their white male counterparts to be appointed superintendent directly from a principal post.
Caitlynn Peetz, December 5, 2023
6 min read
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School & District Management Opinion Want to Build Pathways for Women to Become Superintendents? Should It Start With Men?
When it comes to women in leadership roles, the conversation often turns to how women can support each other. That's not the whole story.
Michael Nelson, October 19, 2023
5 min read
A poster is held at the Iowa Queer Student Alliance "We say gay" rally inside the Iowa State Capitol on March 8, 2023, in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Iowa Queer Student Alliance holds a "We say gay" rally inside the Iowa State Capitol on March 8, 2023, in Des Moines. The legislature passed a bill last spring that prohibits school districts from providing false or misleading information to parents regarding their children's gender identity. A federal appeals court ruled that the new law made parts of a lawsuit against the Linn-Mar Community School District's policy moot, though the court revived a challenge to one part of the policy.
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Law & Courts Appeals Court Blocks District Policy That Requires Students to 'Respect' Gender Identity
The federal appeals court panel holds that the policy is likely unconstitutionally vague under the First Amendment.
Mark Walsh, September 29, 2023
4 min read
Woman stands in front of a staircase in different colors. She is about to walk up the stairs. Concept of standing in front of a challenge and finding the right solution and courage to move on.
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School & District Management Despite Progress, Women Superintendents Face Steep Path to Gender Parity
Male superintendents outnumber their female counterparts, and women often enter the role in times of crisis.
Evie Blad, September 15, 2023
2 min read
Illustration of contemporary teacher looking at a line-up of mostly female teachers through the history of public education in the United States.
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Teaching Profession Reported Essay Public Schools Rely on Underpaid Female Labor. It’s Not Sustainable
Women now have more career options. Is that why they are leaving the teaching profession?
Alyson Klein, August 31, 2023
9 min read
A teacher kicks off a lesson during an AP research class in Los Angeles on Jan. 22, 2020.
A teacher kicks off a lesson during an AP research class in Los Angeles on Jan. 22, 2020.
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Teaching Profession On Women's Equality Day, There's Still No Gender Parity in K-12 Schools
Pay discrepancies and glass ceilings are among the barriers facing women in education.
Madeline Will, August 24, 2023
6 min read
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Social Studies The Florida AP Psychology Controversy, Explained
Some districts opted for alternatives to the College Board's course to ensure compliance with state law.
Ileana Najarro, August 22, 2023
4 min read
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School & District Management Opinion What 'Barbie' Teaches Us About School Leadership
Not all schools come with a leader Barbie; many come with just Ken. Here are three lessons from the hit movie on closing the “dream gap.”
Shayla Ewing, August 15, 2023
4 min read
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School & District Management Why Are Only a Quarter of School Districts in Texas Led by Women?
Women are underrepresented in K-12 school district leadership in Texas— following a trend researchers have long found across the nation.
Caitlyn Meisner, July 11, 2023
6 min read
The Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon, April 19, 2023, in Washington.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon, April 19, 2023, in Washington.
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Law & Courts Supreme Court Declines to Hear Closely Watched Case on Charter Schools
The justices won't consider whether charter schools are "state actors," which has implications for the push for religious charter schools.
Mark Walsh, June 26, 2023
5 min read
An attendee holds a sign during a rally supporting transgender youth at the Stonewall National Monument on Feb. 23, 2017, in New York. The state education department released guidelines this week on supporting trans students.
An attendee holds a sign during a rally supporting transgender youth at the Stonewall National Monument on Feb. 23, 2017, in New York. The New York state education department released guidelines on June 12, 2023, on supporting transgender students.
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Equity & Diversity How One State Is Updating Its Guidance to Support Transgender Students
New York state's education department released guidance on how schools should support and affirm transgender and gender-expansive students.
Eesha Pendharkar, June 16, 2023
5 min read
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Teaching Profession Lots of Teachers Are Going Through Menopause. Why Isn’t There More Support for Them?
The average teacher is 43, and the profession is dominated by women. Many will enter menopause while on the job.
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