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Judge rules that Twin Rivers School District retaliated against whistle-blowing teacher • Sacramento News & Review - via @SacNewsReview

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Pushing Teachers to Return to In-Person Learning This Week

There aren't enough substitute teachers to step in when coronavirus keeps Texas teachers out of the classroom

NOLA Public School COVID-19 cases inch down as students return to campus

Los Angeles schools to remain in hard shutdown for near future, Beutner says

NJ education leaders pushing for federal waiver of school testing requirements

Press Sec. Jen Psaki: President Biden ‘hopeful’ deadlocked Mayor Lightfoot, Chicago Teachers Union ‘can reach common ground as soon as possible’ - Chicago Sun-Times -

School Districts, Teachers Are At Odds Over Resuming In-Person Classes | Iowa Public Radio - on @IowaPublicRadio

Biden Wants to Reopen Schools Quickly. That Might Not Happen | Time - on @TIME

UC-AFT holds virtual teaching faculty rally to settle contract - via @dailycal

What it would really take to reopen American schools via @voxdotcom

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COLUMN: The four steps to safely reopen schools and save our nation - The Hechinger Report

D.C. seeks a temporary restraining order against teachers union to order that teachers stop discussing a strike

Virginia set to pass historic bill giving students time off to protest — because teen Republicans and Dems teamed up to demand it

After months of planning, protests and false starts, D.C. students and teachers head to classes for first time in nearly a year

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Is Patrik Williams Resigning As Superintendent Of Smyrna School District Today? | Exceptional Delaware - via @ExcptlDelaware

Pastors For Texas Children Ask U.S. Department of Education: Please Regulate the Growth of New Charters in Texas | Diane Ravitch's blog - via @dianeravitch

Education Pick Miguel Cardona Is New To Washington — But Not To Classrooms

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Mpls. schools must accept staff work-from-home requests - - on @StarTribune

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Alabama teacher retirements in 2020 highest in nearly a decade - - on @aldotcom

California governor and unions clash over school openings - ABC News -

N.C. Senate Republicans file bill to reopen schools with option of fully in-person learning - via @WBTV_News

Debate about elitism at S.F.'s Lowell High School reflects broader fight over merit-based admissions - on @sfchronicle

Petition claims school board member’s posts support racism, homophobia - Deseret News - on deseretnews

Biden's 100-day school goal smacks into reality - Axios - on @axios

As virus cuts class time, teachers have to leave out lessons - on @ap

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What to watch for during Connecticut education Commissioner Miguel Cardona’s confirmation hearing to be U.S. education secretary - Hartford Courant - via @hartfordcourant

Advocates push wide-ranging new Arizona school voucher bill - on @ap

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School District's Art Department Calls Acronyms 'Symptom of White Supremacy,' Changes Name - on @newsweek

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Report: California ‘wasting’ millions of dollars funding online charter schools - The Washington Post

Report: California ‘wasting’ millions of dollars funding online charter schools - The Washington Post
Report: California ‘wasting’ millions of dollars funding online charter schools

A new report on California’s online charter schools says that the state is “wasting hundreds of millions of dollars a year by funding these schools at a level far above their costs.”

The report, published Tuesday by a California-based nonprofit research and policy organization called In the Public Interest, also says that the “track record of online charter schools has been uniformly negative for every demographic subgroup of students” despite the promise of online education.

“In a time when school districts everywhere face the heartbreak of knowing they cannot provide all the services their students need and deserve, it is critical that lawmakers act as conservative stewards of the state’s tax collars by focusing funding on the schools where it can do the greatest good for the greatest number of the state’s students,” the report says.

Charter schools are publicly funded but privately operated. About 10 percent of public school students in California attend charter schools — both brick-and-mortar and online. According to the report, nearly 175,000 California students in 2018-19 were enrolled in online charter schools, representing 27 percent of all charter school students in the state.

The charter sector in California — which has more charter schools and more charter students than any other state — has long been troubled. Though charter schools are designed to operate outside the rules of school district bureaucracies, the state allowed them to expand for years with very little oversight despite continuing controversy over financial scandals and other problems.

In 2019, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed into law the most substantial changes to California’s charter school laws since passage of the original California Charter Schools Act in 1992. Among the changes was a two-year moratorium on new online charter schools till the end of this year. The state legislature will have to address the issue of whether to extend the ban on new online charter schools in the current session, which ends in September. CONTINUE READING: Report: California ‘wasting’ millions of dollars funding online charter schools - The Washington Post