“A group of Georgia high school students planned a protest after a video of their classmates waving a Confederate flag on campus began circulating. But before students were able to hold their demonstration, school administrators allegedly suspended the Black organizers,” Newsweek reports.
A Texas school district official was caught on an audio recording telling teachers if they kept books about the Holocaust in their classrooms, they would have to also offer “opposing” views in order to comply with a new state law.
Washington Post: “Even before the pandemic upended school, test scores in both reading and math declined for 13-year-old students, the first drop registered in a half century in testing meant to measure student proficiency over time.”
“The data showed declines among the lowest-performing students, but not those at the top, suggesting that educational gaps that pervade the U.S. system are becoming larger, not smaller.”
Please watch this video: Jennifer Jenkins, a member of the school board in Brevard, Florida, detailed the threats and intimidation made against her, her family, and her neighbors during the debate over pandemic restrictions in schools.
“California will require students to complete an ethnic studies course to graduate from high school under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Friday, and it’s believed to be the first state to mandate such coursework,” Politico reports.
The U.S. Department of Education has announced a drastic overhaul of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program that it says will allow tens of thousands of borrowers to get out of debt, NPR reports.
“Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday ordered federal law enforcement authorities to huddle with local leaders in the coming weeks to address what the nation’s top prosecutor called a recent ‘disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence’ against educators and school board members,” Politico reports.
“Arkansas is using federal coronavirus relief funds to buy children’s books about the coronavirus for distribution to schools in the state that are produced by a company co-founded by former Gov. Mike Huckabee,” the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports.
After students in the Ohio town of Hudson were given an obscene writing assignment, Mayor Craig Shubert told town’s Board of Education they could either all resign or be charged with crimes, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
For the assignment, students received writing prompts which included, “Write a sex scene you wouldn’t show your mom,” “@rite a sermon for a beloved preacher who has been caught in a sex scandal,” and “Describe a time when you wanted to orgasm but couldn’t.”
A Washington Post survey of the 20 largest school districts found that few are offering robust coronavirus screening amid vague guidelines and a surge of cases that few anticipated.
A Tennessee student who was mocked by adults for sharing a story of his grandmother dying of Covid-19 said he was “shaken” when adults interrupted him with laughter as he tried to argue in favor of a mask mandate in his school, WSMV reports.
Said Grady Knox: “It was complete insanity, from my perspective. If they laugh at me about, like, a personal story about my grandmother, that’s just disrespectful… I was like shaken a little bit.”
However, Knox got the last laugh when the school board approved the mask mandate.
“All children 12 and older in Los Angeles public schools must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January to enter campus under an order approved Thursday by the Board of Education, the first such mandate among the nation’s largest school systems,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
“The requirement cements the standing of the L.A. Unified School District as an early adopter of COVID-19 school safety measures that are wide-reaching and aggressive — a posture that has resulted in both praise and pushback.”
“All Los Angeles public school children 12 and older would have to be fully vaccinated by January to enter campus — sooner for students involved in many extracurricular activities — under a proposal to be voted on Thursday by the Board of Education,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
A Florida judge cleared the way for school districts to implement mask mandates while Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) issues an appeal to his decision, WFLA reports.
The school board in Pleasant Hill, MO vote to unanimously reinstate a mask mandate was immediately followed by a chaotic parking lot brawl, KMBC reports.
One man was led away in handcuffs after parents started throwing punches at each other outside the building.
Wall Street Journal: “At the close of the 2020-21 academic year, women made up 59.5% of college students, an all-time high, and men 40.5%, according to enrollment data from the National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit research group. U.S. colleges and universities had 1.5 million fewer students compared with five years ago, and men accounted for 71% of the decline.”
“This education gap, which holds at both two- and four-year colleges, has been slowly widening for 40 years. The divergence increases at graduation: After six years of college, 65% of women in the U.S. who started a four-year university in 2012 received diplomas by 2018 compared with 59% of men during the same period, according to the U.S. Department of Education.”
Wall Street Journal: “The recent spread of the highly contagious Delta variant has thrown back-to-school plans into disarray, temporarily driving tens of thousands of students back to virtual learning or pausing instruction altogether.”
“The shutdowns are hitting classrooms especially hard in the Deep South, where most schools were among the first to open, a possible warning of what’s to come as the rest of the nation’s students start school this month…”
“It is difficult to assess precisely how badly schools have been hit by the virus, partly because of variations in data reporting. But according to an analysis of the available data from state health departments, the number of infections in school-age children has climbed more rapidly in states where students have been back in school for weeks.”
HuffPost: 15 Miami-Dade public school staff die of Covid-19 in just 10 days.
“Numbers released Wednesday show Liberty University’s confirmed COVID-19 case count has more than tripled since it reached a record high last week,” the Lynchburg News & Advance reports.
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