General Education

General Education, Public Education September 20th, 2022

As Catholic schools await guidance, Omaha-area public schools take their own stances on gender identity, pronouns

The recently released, then postponed, gender identity guidance for the Catholic schools of the Omaha Archdiocese has brought attention to the divergent policies in other nearby school districts.   Four of the 11 area public school districts surveyed by the Omaha World-Herald have established guidelines regarding gender identity and preferred pronouns. The remaining seven either rely on…
General Education September 20th, 2022

Hofmeister asks for $310 million for Oklahoma teacher pay raises

(The Center Square) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said she would ask the state’s education board for $310 million for teacher pay raises when they meet on Thursday. The funding would give $5,000 to each of the state’s 52,850 certified teachers, according to a news release from Hofmeister’s office. The average pay for…
COVID-19, General Education September 20th, 2022

Despite Biden saying ‘pandemic is over,’ Pritzker reissues executive orders, though rules relaxed for K-12 staff

(The Center Square) – While the President of the United States says the pandemic is over, Gov. J.B. Pritzker continues his COVID-19 executive orders, though they continue to unwind. President Joe Biden was recently asked by 60 Minutes if the COVID-19 pandemic is over, given the first Detroit Auto Show is happening after three years. “The…
COVID-19, General Education September 20th, 2022

Some Michigan schools keep mum on COVID relief spending

(The Center Square) – Theoretically, taxpayers should be able to see how Michigan schools are spending $5.7 billion of taxpayer money to recover from COVID-19-related learning loss. But an investigation by The Center Square through more than 80 records requests to schools statewide shows how difficult it can be to obtain itemized COVID spending records. Many schools never…
Culture, General Education, Opinion September 19th, 2022

Is a global program enlisting teachers to fight ‘misinformation’ really about quelling dissent?

Some of the world’s most powerful health organizations have gained a major ally in their campaign to quell dissent within the medical profession and the public at large.  The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched a program designed to enlist teachers around the world as warriors in a fight against “conspiracy theories…
General Education, Parents September 19th, 2022

7 ways to teach your children financial skills amid inflation 

As inflation continues to impact American families, many are trying to find creative ways to stretch their spending power. Why not include children in that discussion and help them develop long-term financial skills as well?  Consider exploring these opportunities to teach fiscal responsibility in everyday “lessons” that may not come in textbooks but could end up…
General Education, wokeism September 19th, 2022

Lawmakers: COVID relief funds paid for ‘equity warriors,’ CRT lessons in public schools

(The Center Square) – Top Republicans in the U.S. House are pursuing an investigation into reports that federal tax dollars designated for COVID-related learning loss were spent to promote “equity warriors,” critical race theory programming and more at local schools. The lawmakers point to billions of dollars spent across multiple pieces of legislation to help local schools deal…
General Education, Parents September 19th, 2022

Virginia DOE shifts control of transgender issues back to parents

(The Center Square) – Virginia public schools will no longer be allowed to provide gender affirming counseling services to students without first consulting with their parents, per new guidelines from the Virginia Department of Education. In a shift away from the previous administration, the new guidelines state parents must be informed and given the opportunity to…
General Education September 16th, 2022

Ohio bill making it easier for teachers to carry guns in effect

National concern for school safety prompted Ohio to make it easier for teachers to carry guns in the classroom.  House Bill 99 went into effect on Monday, reducing the number of hours of training previously required by law for teachers whose school boards permit them to be armed.   School personnel needed to complete 700 hours of…
General Education September 16th, 2022

Federal judge weighs New Hampshire’s ‘divisive concepts’ law

(The Center Square) – A federal judge is considering a lawsuit challenging a New Hampshire law that limits how teachers discuss racism and discrimination in the classroom. The lawsuit, filed by the National Education Association of New Hampshire and American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire, seek to overturn the so-called “divisive concepts” law that prohibits teaching…