General Education

General Education, Parents October 11th, 2022

A short, essential guide to parents’ rights in schools

As confidence in public schools falls near all-time lows, parents should know their rights, especially when negotiating with school staff to address any challenges.  Consider this quick list of resources and items to remember when preparing to press your case:  1. Know your state’s laws, including those pertaining to parental rights. While the U.S. Supreme Court…
General Education October 11th, 2022

National youth program’s ‘Thriving Model’ is grounded in equity, CRT, and Marxism

(The Sentinel) – In the spring of 2013, 4-H launched a nationwide program of youth development called the “Thriving Model,” which appears grounded in equity, Marxism, and tenets of critical race theory. Indeed, last week’s story about a 4-H policy that assigns campers to dormitories based on the gender with which a child identifies rather than their biological…
General Education, Public Education October 10th, 2022

This state’s public education achievement crisis, and needed solutions, are documented in a new call-to-action book

With one in three students testing below grade level in reading and math, Kansas public education is embroiled in a chronic achievement crisis – one the system only perpetuates and only parents and community leaders can fix. That’s the message of the new book Giving Kids a Fighting Chance with School Choice – Resolving the Social…
General Education October 10th, 2022

Ohio teachers union against new bill that allows veterans to be teachers

(The Center Square) – Ohio’s teachers union believes a bill in the General Assembly that would reduce requirements for veterans to become teachers would also reduce the quality of education in the state. A bill introduced in the state Senate would allow school boards across the state to hire military veterans as teachers and be deemed…
General Education, Higher Education October 7th, 2022

WV gets nearly $2.9 million in federal money for education, job training

(The Center Square) – West Virginia received nearly $2.9 million from the federal government to support education and job training programs through two grants from the U.S. Department of Labor. “This funding from DOL will help create opportunities for West Virginians to receive training and support services needed to secure good paying jobs, and strengthen the…
General Education, Higher Education October 6th, 2022

Washington schools superintendent wants $100M to expand dual credit programs

(The Center Square) – Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal said on Wednesday afternoon that his office is proposing a $100 million ask of the state Legislature next year to eliminate certain costs to expand access to dual credit opportunities for public school students. The request in the 2023-25 biennium would go to supporting…
General Education October 4th, 2022

Arkansas lawmakers haggle over teacher pay

(The Center Square) – Lawmakers on the Senate and House Education Committees agree Arkansas teachers should get a pay raise, but just how much remains up for discussion. The education committees met jointly on Monday to consider issues raised in the 2022 Adequacy Report. Teacher salaries emerged front and center during the meeting. Some members said the…
General Education October 4th, 2022

Maryland nonpublic schools given funds to reopen

(The Center Square) – Maryland doled out $1.6 million in unspent funds to help the state’s nonpublic schools ramp up to come back online and reopen this fall. Leftover funding from last year’s Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools funding was used to cover expenses related to COVID-19 recovery, according to Gov. Larry Hogan’s office. Expenditures include supplies…
COVID-19, General Education October 3rd, 2022

Michigan mother sues school board over COVID-19 policy ‘retaliation’

(The Center Square) – After Sandra Hernden voiced her opinion to the Chippewa Valley School District school board, she says the district retaliated. Now she’s suing the district with help from the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, alleging the board violated her First Amendment rights. Her request in damages if successful, is a public apology and one…
Culture, General Education September 30th, 2022

OK lawmakers approve prohibition on ARPA funds for children’s gender reassignment

(The Center Square) – Democrats and Republicans voted against a bill that would allocate nearly $109 million for health care after lawmakers inserted a provision that would have banned using the money for children’s gender reassignment treatment at Oklahoma University Health.  The money is part of the $1.87 billion funding from the American Rescue Plan Act.…