States 8 States Debate Bills to Restrict How Teachers Discuss Racism, Sexism
Proposed bills in several states aim to ban "divisive concepts."
States Two More States Pass Restrictions on Transgender Students. Will Others Follow?
States have considered dozens of bills on the rights of transgender students. They cover everything from sports to pronouns used in schools.
States 7 Issues Facing K-12 Budgets as COVID-Shocked Legislatures Reconvene
Competing priorities and no good choices about where to make deep cuts confront state lawmakers struggling to deal with the fiscal crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Every Student Succeeds Act Money Jitters Are Never Far Below the Surface for School Leaders
Talk to school and district leaders and you’ll hear worries about the next recession, spending restrictions, and a public that knows little about worries that lawmakers and elected officials who know little about their funding needs.
School Climate & Safety State Lawmakers Tackle Broad Basket of Issues on Parent Checklist
School safety, student data privacy, and the charter sector all drew significant attention in this year’s legislative sessions, most of which have now wrapped up.
School & District Management Teachers-Turned-Lawmakers Learn Political Ropes in First Session
This spring, dozens of teachers who were elected to their state legislatures got a crash course in civics—and a wake-up call on the difficulties of moving well-intentioned ideas into laws.
School & District Management I Was an Angry Teacher Fighting for Better Education Policy. Now, I'm Shaping It
What goes on behind all the closed doors in politics? Most teachers never get a chance to find out, writes teacher-turned-politician John Waldron.
Teaching Profession Video Educators Who Ran for Office Share Their Lessons Learned
Teachers and other educators ran for office in record numbers this year, aiming to take their activism over pay and funding to the next stage. Education Week invited three of those educators to join us at “2020 Vision,” an event in Washington D.C. focused on K-12 politics and policy beyond the midterms. Reporters Daarel Burnette II and Madeline Will interviewed educators fresh off the campaign trail about what they heard from voters, how they fought to get their message across, and lessons for those who want to follow in their footsteps. Afterwards, they took questions from the audience. Guests include: • R. Travis Brenda, Math Teacher, Rockcastle County High School, Mt. Vernon, Ky., and Candidate for Kentucky's 71st House District seat • Aimy Steele, Former Principal, Beverly Hills Elementary, Concord, N.C.; and 2018 Candidate for N.C. House District 82 • John Waldron, Social Studies Teacher, Booker T. Washington High School, Tulsa, Okla., and Candidate for Oklahoma State House This includes a special video appearance by Jahana Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year who was recently elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for her home state of Connecticut.
Teaching Profession Video The Midterms Are Over. How Did Teachers Do?
Education Week Teacher's Madeline Will and Liana Loewus joined a Facebook Live recently to discuss how teachers fared in the midterm elections. After the wave of statewide teacher protests last spring, many educators across the country decided to take their activism to the next level and run for office. Over the last several months, Education Week has been tracking current K-12 classroom teachers who launched bids for state legislative seats. Now that the midterm election is over, let's take stock of how these teacher candidates did—and where teacher political activism is likely to go from here.