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Law & Courts Opinion What the Law Says About Parents' Rights Over Schooling
The rallying cry of “parental freedom” perpetuated racial segregation, writes a legal scholar. So why would we let it dictate curriculum?
Federal Top Federal Adviser on Puerto Rico's Schools Declares: 'We Have to Build Trust'
Chris Soto heads an Education Department team providing technical assistance and support for the U.S. territory's public schools.
Law & Courts Justice Dept. to Pay $127.5M to Parkland Massacre Victims' Families
Attorneys for 16 of the 17 killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland said they had reached a confidential monetary settlement.
School Choice & Charters Bloomberg Launches $750 Million Fund to Grow Charter Schools Amid 'Broken' K-12 System
Former New York City mayor and one-time presidential hopeful Michael R. Bloomberg aims to add 150,000 charter school seats over five years.
Education Funding School Districts Are Starting to Spend COVID Relief Funds. The Hard Part Is Deciding How
A new database shows districts' spending priorities for more than $122 billion in federal aid are all over the place.
Law & Courts Supreme Court Weighs a Type of Damages Schools Can Face in Civil Rights Lawsuits
The issue involves compensation for "emotional distress," and the case holds implications for suits brought under Title IX and other laws.
School Climate & Safety Violence, Hate Crimes in Schools Surged in Pre-COVID Period, Federal Watchdog Finds
Data from several years preceding the pandemic sketched a troubling trajectory, the Government Accountability Office found.
Education Funding The Political Spotlight on Schools' COVID Relief Money Isn't Going Away
Politicians and researchers are among those scrutinizing the use and oversight of billions in pandemic education aid.
Federal Schools Could Count Nonbinary Students Under Biden Proposal
The Civil Rights Data Collection for this school year could also revive questions about inexperienced teachers and preschool discipline.
Federal 'Parents' Bill of Rights' Underscores Furor Over Curriculum and Transparency in Schools
U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley's bill highlights how education issues like critical race theory will likely stay in the national political spotlight.
Student Achievement Webinar Examining the Evidence: What We’re Learning From the Field About Implementing High-Dosage Tutoring Programs
Tutoring programs have become a leading strategy to address COVID-19 learning loss. What evidence-based principles can district and school leaders draw on to design, implement, measure, and improve high-quality tutoring programs? And what are districts
- States Education Can Be a Winning Path for GOP, Says Incoming Virginia GovernorA newcomer to politics, Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin won in a strongly Democratic state by tapping into culture war fights over school curricula.Law & Courts Can Public Money Go to Religious Schools? A Divisive Supreme Court Case AwaitsThe justices will weigh Maine's exclusion of religious schools from its "tuitioning" program for students from towns without high schools.Law & Courts Students Expelled, Suspended for 'Slavery' Petition Sue DistrictThe lawsuit claims the officials violated the students’ First Amendment, due process, and equal protection rights.Law & Courts Infowars' Alex Jones Ordered to Pay Damages to Sandy Hook Families in Defamation LawsuitsThe Sandy Hook families will have an opportunity to present to a jury the extent to which Alex Jones' hoax claims harmed them.States How a Website to Complain About Teachers Is Fueling the Critical Race Theory FightIt was pitched as an effort to strengthen anti-discrimination laws, but critics say it aims to reject any discussion of systemic racism.Education Funding Here's How Schools Can Use Federal COVID Aid to Solve Bus Driver and Other Transportation WoesThe Education Department outlines districts' options for using relief money to solve nationwide problems in getting kids to and from school.
Professional Development Quiz How Much Do You Know About Instructional Coaching?
Answer 7 questions to see how much you know about instructional coaching.
Student Well-Being Quiz How Much Do You Know About the Needs of the Whole Child?
Answer 7 questions to see how much you know about the needs of the whole child.
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This case study examines evidence to answer a simple question critical to the future of education: Is virtual learning associated with su...
- Education Funding High Schoolers to Decide How to Spend $1.5 Million in COVID FundingState officials called Connecticut's new Voice4Change campaign “a first-in-the-nation statewide student civic engagement initiative.”Law & Courts In a Major Ruling on School Masks, Federal Judge Sides With Vulnerable StudentsThe ruling that a Texas ban on mask mandates discriminated against students with disabilities could reverberate elsewhere.Law & Courts Schools in Most States Are Shielded From COVID Lawsuits. It May Not HelpMany states ban such suits, but just the threat can wreak havoc. Some districts have already lost insurance coverage for COVID claims.Education Funding North Carolina Must Spend $1.75B to Narrow Education Gap, Judge OrdersThe judge's order has angered GOP lawmakers and will likely set up a constitutional showdown between the three state government branches.States Opinion 5 Takeaways for Education From Virginia's Governor RaceIn an election where K-12 schooling was widely seen as the central issue, Glenn Youngkin’s victory has important implications for schools.States Anxiety Over Schools Fired Up Voters This Year. What About 2022?Election results from Virginia, New Jersey, and elsewhere suggest educators and schools will be firmly in the spotlight next year.
Marketplace K-12 When Curriculum Falls Short in Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Here’s Where It Misses the Mark
A new EdWeek Market Brief special report finds that many educators feel curriculum materials are falling short when it comes to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Marketplace K-12 K-12 Dealmaking: Chegg Acquires Language Learning Platform; Startup MindX raises $3M
Textbook and tutoring company Chegg is acquiring a leading language learning platform to expand its offerings into different languages. The company announced it will acquire Busuu, a UK company, for approximately $436 million in an all-cash transaction. Founded in 2008, Busuu offers courses in a dozen languages and serves more than 500,000 paying subscribers, according to the…
Special Report Special Report: What K-12 Officials Expect From Education Companies on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
A new EdWeek Market Brief special report looks at the role that companies -- in areas like curriculum, assessment, and professional development -- can play in supporting DEI through their products and practices.
Marketplace K-12 Emergency Federal Funding Jolted State Spending on K-12 During Fiscal 2021
Backed with unprecedented federal funding to weather the pandemic, states collectively spent an estimated $483 billion on K-12 during fiscal 2021, a year-over-year increase of 12.3 percent, according to a new analysis.