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Education news, analysis, and opinion about the legislation, guidance, policies and people involved in federal and state government
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?
Joshua Weishart
5 min read
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.
4 min read
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.
Terry Spencer, Miami Herald
2 min read
Policy & Politics Opinion Searching for Common Ground in Angry Times
Rick Hess and Pedro Noguera discuss how polarization keeps us from appreciating the complexity of tough issues in education.
4 min read
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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.
5 min read
New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg, second from left, and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, far left, meeting with senior students at the Bedford Academy High School in New York on Dec. 3, 2013. Bloomberg campaigned on gaining control of the nation's largest public school system. left his mark by championing charter schools, expanding school choice, giving schools letter grades, and replacing scores of struggling institutions with clusters of small schools.
Then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, second from left, and former Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, far left, meet with senior students at Bedford Academy High School in New York in 2013.
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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.
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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.
6 min read
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From Politics K-12 Blog

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.
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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.
7 min read
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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.
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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.
7 min read
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan and plans for future counterterrorism operations, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., says "it's time to give control back to parents, not woke bureaucrats."
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Classroom Technology Webinar Building Better Blended Learning in K-12 Schools
The pandemic and the increasing use of technology in K-12 education it prompted has added renewed energy to the blended learning movement as most students are now learning in school buildings (and will likely continue

More Policy & Politics

  • Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona, left, speaks to reporters while Gov.-elect Glen Youngkin, of Virginia, Govs. Greg Abbott, of Texas, and Kim Reynolds and Pete Ricketts, of Nebraska, listen at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Phoenix on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. Governors, donors and strategists were riding high on Youngkin’s victory this month in a state Democratic President Joe Biden won by 10 points. (AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper)
    States Education Can Be a Winning Path for GOP, Says Incoming Virginia Governor
    A newcomer to politics, Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin won in a strongly Democratic state by tapping into culture war fights over school curricula.
    The Associated Press, November 18, 2021
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    The Carson family pictured outside Bangor Christian School in Bangor, Maine on Nov. 5, 2021.
    Institute for Justice senior attorney Michael E. Bindas, left, accompanies Amy and David Carson who flank their daughter, Olivia, outside Bangor Christian Schools in Maine in early November. The Carsons are one of two families seeking to make religious schools eligible for Maine's tuition program for students from towns without high schools.
    Linda Coan O’Kresik for Education Week
    Law & Courts Can Public Money Go to Religious Schools? A Divisive Supreme Court Case Awaits
    The justices will weigh Maine's exclusion of religious schools from its "tuitioning" program for students from towns without high schools.
    Mark Walsh, November 18, 2021
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    Law & Courts Students Expelled, Suspended for 'Slavery' Petition Sue District
    The lawsuit claims the officials violated the students’ First Amendment, due process, and equal protection rights.
    The Associated Press, November 16, 2021
    3 min read
    Alex Jones speaks outside of the Dirksen Senate office building in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 5, 2018. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, April 5, 2021, declined to hear an appeal by the Infowars host and conspiracy theorist, who was fighting a Connecticut court sanction in a defamation lawsuit brought by relatives of some of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
    Alex Jones speaks outside of the Dirksen Senate office building in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 5, 2018.
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    Law & Courts Infowars' Alex Jones Ordered to Pay Damages to Sandy Hook Families in Defamation Lawsuits
    The Sandy Hook families will have an opportunity to present to a jury the extent to which Alex Jones' hoax claims harmed them.
    Zach Murdock, Hartford Courant, November 15, 2021
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    Frank Edelblut speaks at the Statehouse in Concord, N.H. on Jan. 31, 2017, during a public hearing on his nomination to lead the state's education department. As first-term Gov. Chris Sununu builds out his cabinet of commissioners, he's tapped some appointees with little to no professional experience in the departments they're tasked with leading. For education, he tapped Edelblut, a businessman who homeschooled his children.
    Frank Edelblut speaks at the Statehouse in Concord, N.H. on Jan. 31, 2017, during a public hearing on his nomination to lead the state's education department. As first-term Gov. Chris Sununu builds out his cabinet of commissioners, he's tapped some appointees with little to no professional experience in the departments they're tasked with leading. For education, he tapped Edelblut, a businessman who homeschooled his children.
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    States How a Website to Complain About Teachers Is Fueling the Critical Race Theory Fight
    It was pitched as an effort to strengthen anti-discrimination laws, but critics say it aims to reject any discussion of systemic racism.
    The Associated Press, November 15, 2021
    2 min read
    Students catch their bus near Ambridge Area Senior High School on the first day of Pennsylvania's mask mandate for K-12 schools and day care centers on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, in Ambridge, Pa.
    Students catch their bus near Ambridge Area Senior High School in Ambridge, Pa., earlier this year on the first day of Pennsylvania's mask mandate for K-12 schools.
    Andrew Rush/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP
    Education Funding Here's How Schools Can Use Federal COVID Aid to Solve Bus Driver and Other Transportation Woes
    The Education Department outlines districts' options for using relief money to solve nationwide problems in getting kids to and from school.
    Andrew Ujifusa, November 15, 2021
    2 min read

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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.
Emma Kate Fittes
3 min read
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…
Emma Kate Fittes
3 min read
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.
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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.
David Saleh Rauf
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