General Education

Kentucky celebrates high school grads moving to jobs, trades

(The Center Square) – Over the weekend, Louisville area high school students took part in a ceremony where they committed to working at area companies after graduation. The “signing day” event felt like the ceremonies held for student-athletes when they sign letters of intent with colleges. The purpose was to celebrate those individuals who have already found…

Gov. Whitmer wants $280 million to recover learning loss in Michigan

(The Center Square) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to spend $280 million of the state’s projected $3 billion surplus on learning loss recovery. The spending aims to recover learning loss for 1.4 million kids after Whitmer shuttered schools statewide in 2020, which pivoted to remote learning. But even in 2022, Flint and metro Detroit schools have shifted temporarily back to…

Sununu vetoes GOP-backed masking restrictions

(The Center Square) – New Hampshire Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has vetoed a proposal that would have banned state and local mask mandates in schools during public health emergencies. The Republican-backed proposal, recently approved by the House and Senate, would block cities and towns from requiring students to wear a facial covering “for any purpose while on…

Benton County schools eye budget cuts following levy failures

(The Center Square) – Two school districts in Benton County, Washington, are looking at budget cuts after voters twice refused to renew operational levies that expire at the end of the year. Administrators at Kennewick and Finley school districts are crunching numbers to offset the loss not only of local tax dollars, but the accompanying state…

School board president sued, accused of ‘tyranny’ for silencing and ejecting parents from meetings

Fights over what parents can say during school board meetings – or whether they can say anything at all – are becoming commonplace.  Some parents, feeling unfairly and even unlawfully silenced, are taking legal action.   In one of the latest and most dramatic instances, the school board president was served with a lawsuit during the public…

Missouri attorney general sues more school districts over new mask mandates

(The Center Square) – The final days of school bring field trips, exams, teachers cleaning out classrooms, and lawsuits from Missouri Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt. Schmitt filed lawsuits on Thursday against six St. Louis-area school districts for reimposing mask mandates. Four districts – Special School District (SSD) of St. Louis County, Ladue, Webster Groves and…

Sununu pledges to veto New Hampshire ‘parental bill of rights’ legislation

(The Center Square) – Gov. Chris Sununu is pledging to veto a controversial proposal to create a “parental rights” law requiring schools to notify parents if their child questions their gender identity. Earlier this week, House and Senate leaders took steps to advance the previously stalled legislation. Lawmakers are pushing to require the state Department of Education…

Maine Department of Education pulls LGBTQ video used by GOP in attack ad

(The Center Square) – Maine’s Department of Education has yanked a video for kindergartenders about same-sex relationships and transgenderism after it was used by Republicans in a political ad attacking Democratic Gov. Janet Mills. The video clip, posted on the Department of Education’s website, was one of hundreds of lesson plans that were developed by educators during…

Parents protest public school district’s woke agenda: Private schools ‘spend less with better results’

Strict masking policies may have first caught their attention, but now alert parents in one Missouri school district are protesting divisive, even partisan “equity” curriculum, test questions and policies. As one parent puts it, such “equity” programs come “at the expense of learning.” The Wentzville School District, about 40 miles west of St. Louis, made national…

Virginia report: lower education standards, lockdowns caused decline in achievement

(The Center Square) – A reduction in achievement standards, the COVID-19 school lockdowns and a lack of transparency have contributed to a decline in student achievement in Virginia’s public education system, according to a report from the Virginia Department of Education. “Virginia’s public schools have long enjoyed a reputation for academic excellence,” Gov. Glenn Youngkin said…