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Policy & Politics

Education news, analysis, and opinion about the legislation, guidance, policies and people involved in federal and state government
Education Funding Jim Crow-Era School Funding Hurt Black Families for Generations, Research Shows
Mississippi dramatically underfunded Black schools in the Jim Crow era, with long-lasting effects on Black families.
5 min read
Law & Courts Title IX Rule to Protect LGBTQ+ Students Temporarily Blocked in 4 States
A federal judge in Louisiana delivered the first legal blow to the Biden administration's interpretation of Title IX.
4 min read
Federal Classroom Tech Outpaces Research. Why That's a Problem
Experts call for better alignment between research and the classroom in Capitol Hill discussions.
4 min read
International What the Research Says What Schools Can Learn From a Global Assessment on Creative Thinking
Not all creativity is the same for student achievement, the latest Program for International Student Assessment data show.
4 min read
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Globally, 15-year-old girls outpaced their male peers in a new international test of creative thinking.
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Federal Social Media Should Come With a Warning, Says U.S. Surgeon General
A surgeon general's warning label would alert users that “social media is associated with significant mental health harms in adolescents.”
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States The Surprising Contenders for State Superintendent Offices This Year
Two elections for the top education leadership job feature candidates who have never worked in public schools.
8 min read
North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler announces the gathering of a task force to look into future options the state has for the assessment of students during a press conference May 8, 2015, at the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D.
North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler announces the gathering of a task force to look into future options for student assessment during a press conference May 8, 2015, in Bismarck, N.D. Baesler, the nation's longest-serving state schools chief, is running for a fourth term, facing opponents with no experience serving in public schools.
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Law & Courts Why the $4.5 Billion School E-Rate Program Is Headed to the Supreme Court
The justices will decide whether allegations of overcharging under the telecom-funded program may be brought under the False Claims Act.
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The Supreme Court building is seen on June 13, 2024, in Washington.
The Supreme Court building is seen on June 13, 2024, in Washington.
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  • Human hand holding a magnifying glass over open holy bible book of Exodus verses for Ten Commandments, top view
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    States Does a Ten Commandments Display in Classrooms Violate the Constitution?
    Louisiana is poised to become the first state to require all schools to post the Ten Commandments in classrooms.
    Libby Stanford, June 13, 2024
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    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at a news conference in Dallas on June 22, 2017.
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at a news conference in Dallas on June 22, 2017. His office sued the Biden administration in an attempt to invalidate guidance it released in June 2021 stating it would interpret Title IX to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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    Law & Courts Judge Strikes Down Title IX Guidance on LGBTQ+ Students. Here's Why It Matters
    In a June 11 ruling, Texas judge said the Education Department has no authority to expand protections under Title IX.
    Libby Stanford, June 12, 2024
    8 min read
    Jay-Z arrives at the premiere of "The Book of Clarence" on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024, at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. Jay-Z is putting his weight behind an effort to fund private school vouchers in Philadelphia. The entertainment mogul’s Roc Nation announced it is funding a campaign in June 2024 to drum up support for the Pennsylvania Award for Student Success.
    Jay-Z arrives at the premiere of "The Book of Clarence" on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024, at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. Jay-Z is putting his weight behind an effort to fund private school vouchers in Philadelphia. The entertainment mogul’s Roc Nation announced it is funding an outreach campaign to drum up support for the Pennsylvania Award for Student Success.
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    School Choice & Charters Why Jay-Z Is a Key Figure in the School Voucher Debate
    Jay-Z's backing of school vouchers in Pennsylvania has public education advocates worried it will divert funds.
    Brooke Schultz, June 11, 2024
    6 min read
    ADF Senior Counsel and Vice President of U.S. Litigation David Cortman, left, and Liam Morrison speak at a press conference following oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit on Feb. 8, 2024.
    David Cortman, senior counsel and vice president of Alliance Defending Freedom, left, and middle school student Liam Morrison speak to reporters following oral arguments over Morrison's "There Are Only Two Genders" T-shirt before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit in Boston on Feb. 8, 2024.
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    Law & Courts Court Backs School That Barred Student's 'Two Genders' Shirt
    The court said the shirt could be understood to demean transgender and gender-nonconforming students, and administrators could prohibit it.
    Mark Walsh, June 10, 2024
    5 min read
    Red, Blue, and Purple colors over a fine line etching of the Capitol building. Republicans and Democrats, Partisan Politicians.
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    Federal Opinion Federal Education Reform Has Largely Failed. Unfortunately, We Still Need It
    Neither NCLB nor ESSA have lived up to their promise, but the problems calling for national action persist.
    Jack Jennings, June 7, 2024
    4 min read
    Parents and community members rally outside P.S. 189 to protest New York City Mayor Eric Adam's plan to temporarily house immigrants in the school's gymnasium, seen in the background on May 16, 2023, in New York.
    Parents and community members rally outside P.S. 189 to protest New York City Mayor Eric Adam's plan to temporarily house immigrants in the school's gymnasium, seen in the background on May 16, 2023, in New York.
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    Federal A More Complete Picture of Immigration's Impact on U.S. Public Schools
    House Republicans say a migrant influx has caused "chaos" in K-12 schools. The reality is more complicated.
    Libby Stanford, June 6, 2024
    10 min read

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  • Missouri Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven talks to students participating in Future Farmers of America during an event in February 2024, in Jefferson City, Missouri.
    Missouri Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven talks to students participating in Future Farmers of America during an event in February 2024, in Jefferson City, Mo. Vandeven is stepping down from her position after more than eight years on the job.
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    States Q&A 'Politics Does Not Belong in Education,' Says a Departing State Schools Chief
    Improving student outcomes requires finding common ground, says Missouri's long-serving education commissioner, Margie Vandeven.
    Libby Stanford, June 4, 2024
    9 min read
    In this Nov. 21, 1979 file photo, Bella Abzug, left, and Patsy Mink of Women USA sit next to Gloria Steinem as she speaks in Washington where they warned presidential candidates that promises for women's rights will not be enough to get their support in the next election.
    In this Nov. 21, 1979, photo, Bella Abzug, left, and Patsy Mink of Women USA sit next to Gloria Steinem as she speaks in Washington at an event where they warned presidential candidates that promises for women's rights will not be enough to win their support in the next election.
    Harvey Georges/AP
    Federal Explainer What Is Title IX? Schools, Sports, and Sex Discrimination
    Title IX, the law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex, is undergoing changes. What it is, how it works, and how it's enforced.
    Libby Stanford, May 31, 2024
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    School Choice & Charters Video Private School Choice: A Video Explainer
    We're tracking the proliferation of school choice policies around the country. Here's how to get up to speed.
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    Former President Donald Trump appears at Manhattan criminal court during jury deliberations in his criminal hush money trial in New York, on May 30, 2024.
    Former President Donald Trump appears at Manhattan criminal court during jury deliberations in his criminal hush money trial in New York, on May 30, 2024. The jury convicted him on all counts.
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    Federal Donald Trump's Conviction: 3 Takeaways for Educators
    The conviction gives educators a backdrop to discuss elections, the judicial system, and how to evaluate biases.
    Libby Stanford, May 31, 2024
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    A man stands behind a row of electronic voting machines covered with yellow privacy shields as he uses a touch screen to vote.
    A lone voter casts his ballot for Super Tuesday at a polling station in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles on March 5, 2024.
    Richard Vogel/AP
    States Should Voters Decide What Schools Teach?
    Californians may vote to require a new high school finance course. Critics argue it sets a bad precedent.
    Evie Blad, May 30, 2024
    6 min read
    A green apple with a cross shaped stem in between red apples.
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    School Choice & Charters Opinion What Would Religious Charter Schools Mean for Public Education?
    Discriminating and proselytizing on the taxpayer dime will never be acceptable, writes Kevin G. Welner.
    Kevin G. Welner, May 29, 2024
    5 min read

ҹѰ Market Brief

The drying up of federal funding and an oversaturation in some segments of the K-12 space is fueling a run of mergers and acquisitions.
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ISTE CEO Richard Culatta sees rising expectations being put on vendors to prove their products' value to school districts.
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A Texas school system has put out an RFP for special education services, and a California district is purchasing an adaptive assessment system.
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