General Education

General Education, Public Education August 11th, 2022

Most Illinois schools opt out of new sex education standards that critics say are age-inappropriate

(The Center Square) – With the new school year upon us, it is more apparent that many school officials and parents in Illinois want no part of new standards of teaching sexual education in the classroom. Democratic lawmakers passed a bill that aligned the state’s standards with a national model. School districts were given the option to…
General Education, Parents August 11th, 2022

New Mexico ranks last in latest child well-being survey

(The Center Square) – New Mexico came in last place in a survey that measures child well-being in each state. New Mexico ranked last in categories such as youth economic well-being and educational attainment. A growing number of the state’s youtha live in households without their birth parents and are experiencing mental health challenges at higher rates than they…
General Education, Public Education August 10th, 2022

Kansas athletic association seeks ‘fairness’ for public schools, but not for biological girls

(The Sentinel) – The Kansas Board of Education will consider a recommendation approved by the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) to effectively penalize successful private school teams in an effort to “level the playing field” with its public school competitors. But KSHSAA shied away from taking the same stand the last two years when…
General Education, Public Education August 10th, 2022

As Illinois adds teachers and sheds students, is there really a teacher shortage?

(The Center Square) – Illinois schools employed more teachers in 2021 than it had at any point over the past decade while student enrollment declined over the same period. Despite this, lawmakers say the state is experiencing a teacher shortage and they continue to look for solutions to the perceived problem. “Like many states across the…
General Education, Public Education August 10th, 2022

Louisiana state education board working on changes to high school accountability ratings

(The Center Square) — The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will review a proposal later this month to change how high schools are rated following an eight month study by an Accountability Study Group. The study group, composed of members of the BESE, will present a series of proposed changes to the full board…
General Education, School Choice August 10th, 2022

Education funding measure fails to make Colorado ballot

(The Center Square) – A measure that proposed increasing Colorado public education funding by $980 million won’t appear on the November ballot after supporters failed to submit signatures by the state’s deadline on Monday. Initiative 63 would have allocated one-third of 1% of income tax revenue “to be used for attracting, retaining, and compensating teachers and student support professionals.”…

Gov. Kristi Noem wants the federal government to stay out of local schools

As governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem is doing her best to keep the government – especially the federal government – out of schools. In an address at a July Heritage Foundation event, the first-term governor spoke of the importance of training and empowering local education decision-makers to prevent government overreach.   She’s discovered that many school…

Two incumbents ousted in Kansas State Board of Education primaries

(The Sentinel) – Two newcomers won seats on the Kansas State Board of Education in Republican primaries, each defeating an incumbent. In District 5, Cathy Hopkins ousted Jean Clifford with 55% of the vote, and Dennis Hershberger claimed District 7 with a convincing 59% over Ben Jones. In the other Republican primary, incumbent Jim Porter kept…
Courts, General Education August 9th, 2022

Charter schools in Ohio and Michigan sue Biden administration

(The Center Square) – A group of Ohio and Michigan charter schools sued the Biden administration today, claiming a new rule that requires charter schools to prove public schools are over-enrolled is illegal. The federal lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, includes the Michigan Charter School Association and the…
General Education, Parents August 9th, 2022

Louisiana Education superintendent lauds Florida-based Moms for Liberty group

(The Center Square) – The highest state official overseeing education in Louisiana is expressing overwhelming support for a parent-led movement in Florida. Dr. Cade Brumley, Louisiana’s State Superintendent of Education, sent a letter this week to Florida-based Moms for Liberty, a national advocacy group created to empower parents. In the letter, he wrote, “I know and…