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Be sure to join The 74 and the VELA Education Fund at 1 p.m. Eastern for today's online panel discussion, “Into the Unknown: Why Teachers Leave the Classroom to Launch Nontraditional Education Programs.” This lively conversation will feature several educators who made that leap, and will be moderated by The 74’s Linda Jacobson. Register for the Zoom right here.

Title IX

Women Who Fought for Title IX Split on Transgender Rights

For some of the women who fought for gender equity in school sports in the 1970s, the controversy over inclusion of transgender athletes sparks an uncomfortable sense of déjà vu. Susan Bailey, who helped implement Title IX while working at the Connecticut Department of Education, recalled “how difficult it was for people to reconsider their beliefs about boys and girls.” But as the law turns 50, 74 contributor Alina Tugend reports that the ongoing debate over inclusion has also caused divisions among this group of pioneers and, in some cases, pitted natural allies against each other.

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Ed Department Launches ‘Unprecedented’ Parent Council

Recognizing a growing movement for parent rights in education, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona yesterday announced the creation of a “Parents and Families Engagement Council.” The panel includes representatives from 14 organizations that advocate for giving parents a voice in their children’s education, including families involved in charters, homeschooling and private schools. Keri Rodrigues, president of the National Parents Union, one of the groups that pushed for the initiative, called it the “first time where we're really getting … a group of folks representing parents and families at the table.” Linda Jacobson reports.


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  • 74 Interview: After Two Years of Pandemic Schooling, Nashville Parent Advocate Sonya Thomas Asks, ‘What Has Changed?’

Big Picture

Survey: Pandemic Learning Loss Is Top Source of Job Stress for Teachers


Teachers experience more than twice as much job-related stress as other working adults, and about half say trying to help students make up for lost instructional time is their greatest source of anxiety, according to new data from the Rand Corp. “Stress on the job can negatively affect educators’ physical health,” said lead author Elizabeth Steiner. While three-fourths of educators plan to stay in the profession, the percentage of those saying they want to leave is up. Linda Jacobson reports.

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Charter Schools

Bipartisan Mayors Group Demands Ed Dept. Reverse Changes to Federal Charter Program

As the Department of Education works to finalize a rule revamping the $440 million federal Charter Schools Program, a bipartisan group of 10 mayors have publicly released a letter they wrote to Secretary Miguel Cardona demanding the administration "rescind the proposed rules." The letter says the government “should be empowering local educators, leaders and families in creating more schools that deliver the learning environments children need today and in an increasingly demanding and complex future. Instead, the proposed rules would do exactly the opposite." Read the full letter



Pride Month

LGBTQ+ Affirming High School in Alabama Graduates Its First Class

Parents, guardians and friends sat under sparkling rows of string lights one recent evening, waiting in joyous anticipation for the inaugural graduation ceremony at Magic City Acceptance Academy in Birmingham, Alabama. A single-file line of 12 seniors, clad in purple caps and gowns, entered the space, and as Chief Academic Officer Charity Jackson began introducing the graduating class, the crowd erupted in cheers full of pride, appreciation and love, celebrating at the South’s first charter school dedicated to affirming LGBTQ+ students. Jeffrey Kelly reports, in partnership with Ed Post.

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  • From the 2021 Archive: Charter School Promising ‘LGBTQ-Affirming Learning Environment’ Set to Open this Fall in Alabama


What Barring Immigrant Students from School Would Mean for Them, & the Country

In 1982, the Supreme Court ruled in Plyler vs. Doe that states could not constitutionally deny students a free public education on account of their immigration status. Now, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott would like to see that decision overturned. Contributor Carola Suárez-Orozco finds that alarming, and in this essay spells out the ethical and economic implications — not just for the students, but for the country.




'Class Disrupted,' Episode 20

In this final episode of Season 3 of Class Disrupted, Michael Horn and Diane Tavenner point out that many of the solutions proposed to help make schools safer focus on banning things: Critical Race Theory, books, speakers and more. They discuss what these ideas from both sides of the political spectrum have in common — and whether this is actually the way to make schools safer. Listen to the full podcast or read the transcript here

  • Go Deeper: Hear all of Dianne Tavenner and Michael's Horn's conversations about how to strengthen teaching and learning in the wake of COVID-19 in our Class Disrupted series

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