Public Education

Courts, Public Education January 27th, 2023

Lawsuit alleges Alaska program allowing students to purchase materials for certain courses unconstitutional despite reported benefits

A new lawsuit alleges Alaska’s state-funded correspondence study program is unconstitutional because it allows families to purchase private services and materials, including private school materials. The lawsuit opposes Alaska Statute 14.03.310, which provides an annual allotment to students in public correspondence programs (CSAP) to purchase “nonsectarian services and materials from a public, private, or religious organization.”…
Public Education January 27th, 2023

Oklahoma state superintendent unveils incentive-based teacher pay plan, targets literacy, trashes ‘equity’

Oklahoma’s top education official scrapped an across-the-board pay raise for public school teachers and instead proposed rewarding the state’s best teachers. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters also promised to keep radical ideologies and inappropriate books out of the classroom. The incentive pay plan will cost $150 million annually versus $300 million for across-the-board pay…
Public Education January 27th, 2023

Former teachers’ union president charged with embezzling $400,000

(Daily Caller) – The former president of a Virginia teachers’ union was arrested and charged with embezzlement from the organization on Monday, according to the Fairfax County Police Department. Ingrid Gant, former president of the Arlington Education Association (AEA), was arrested after police conducted a six-month audit that showed she embezzled $410,782.10 from the union, according to…
Public Education January 26th, 2023

12 Pennsylvania school districts hid $400 million to pass tax increases, state auditor says

(The Center Square) – A dozen school districts in Pennsylvania exploited a legal loophole to raise millions of dollars in new taxes on the public without putting it to a referendum. In the process, they’ve hidden hundreds of millions of dollars in reserve funds that could cover school costs without raising taxes. The state auditor has…
Public Education January 26th, 2023

South Dakota teachers leaving profession in ‘exasperation,’ says DOE Secretary

(The Center Square) – South Dakota is experiencing a teacher shortage as some leave the profession, Department of Education Secretary Joe Graves told the Joint Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. “We’ve seen people who are just leaving the profession in exasperation over COVID and some of the other issues that are going on,” Graves said during his…
Opinion, Public Education January 26th, 2023

Op-Ed: Woke ideology is infiltrating curricula and teacher training produced by activists

Public school teachers assemble very little of their own curriculum, leaving an opening leftist activists use to sneak in woke doctrine. Frequently, educators adopt a ready-made package from textbook publishers or content providers, which may even save taxpayer money. But when oversight fails and transparency is lacking, any number of questionable agendas creep in. The constellation…
Parents, Public Education January 26th, 2023

Lansing parent wins school curriculum challenge

(The Sentinel) – Kirsten Workman, the Lansing mom who withdrew her 12th-grade daughter from an English Composition class over content she found objectionable and mounted a curriculum challenge to the material offered in the course, won her dispute at a recent Board of Education meeting. In a narrow 4-3 vote, the Lansing BOE sided with Workman, rejecting earlier findings…
Current Events, Public Education January 26th, 2023

Mississippi Senate committee approves bill to cut state superintendent’s salary

(The Center Square) — The Mississippi Senate Education Committee approved a bill that would cut the state superintendent’s salary on Wednesday. New state Superintendent Robert Taylor was hired on Nov. 21 with a salary of $300,000, just $7,000 less than his predecessor, Carey Wright. At the time Wright was hired in 2013, she was the nation’s…
Public Education January 26th, 2023

Study: Low achievement and teacher pay despite school funding increase in Kansas

(The Sentinel) – A report on education spending and student achievement covering the last three decades in Kansas shows that many students have been academically left behind despite large, inflation-adjusted funding hikes.  The study also shows that school districts’ spending decisions include a decline in inflation-adjusted teacher pay. The study by Dr. Ben Scafidi, professor of economics and…
Culture, Public Education January 26th, 2023

Wisconsin elementary school putting students through LGBT training created by activists

(Daily Caller) – A Wisconsin school district is putting elementary school students through a weeklong gender identity and sexual orientation lesson created by LGBT activists, according to an email obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation. Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) is spending a week to teach students the difference between gender identity, sex assigned at…