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More States Are Suing Biden Admin Over Transgender Rules

Brendan Clarey | May 13, 2024 (Chalkboard News) — A recent lawsuit filed against the Biden administration says a Christian student in Arkansas who refuses to use a transgender person’s pronouns could face harm under the sweeping changes to the federal anti-discrimination law governing educational institutions. A new lawsuit filed Tuesday by six state attorney […]

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Lawmakers Grill K-12 School Leaders on Antisemitic Incidents

Brendan Clarey | May 9, 2024 (Chalkboard News) — A Republican-led congressional committee asked school leaders whose districts have seen antisemitic incidents about what they’re doing to prevent further incidents in their schools since the Oct. 7 attack on Israel by Hamas.  Leaders of schools in New York City and Berkeley, California and Montgomery County,

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What Is Intersectionality and How Is It Related to Critical Race Theory?

Scholar Behind the Term Is Also Credited With Founding CRT Brendan Clarey | April 22, 2024 (Chalkboard News) — School districts with diversity, equity and inclusion departments and organizations or individuals that offer professional development may use the term “intersectionality” on their websites, but what does it mean and what relationship does it have to

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Report: ‘Grading for Equity’ Harms Students

Brendan Clarey | February 29, 2024 (Chalkboard News) — A new policy brief states that “equitable” grading policies that rely on lowering academic standards ultimately hurt the students they purportedly help. The research released Wednesday morning by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute challenged some of the claims often made about equitable grading practices and said

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School Cyber Attacks Cost Money, Threaten Student Privacy

Julian Roberts-Grmela | December 31, 2023 (Chalkboard News) — Earlier this year, the Education Department and the Department of Homeland Security’s joint agency, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), released guidance for district leaders to combat cyber threats.  In an emailed statement, CISA’s executive assistant director for cybersecurity, Eric Goldstein, said schools and districts “remain a

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‘Moderation’ or ‘Ideological Control’? Congress Hears Testimony on Book Removals

Brendan Clarey | October 20, 2023 (Chalkboard News) — A congressional panel in the House of Representatives heard testimony from witnesses about the different perspectives on graphic books in school libraries. Such debates over the appropriateness of explicit books that students can access have occurred nationwide in school board meetings.  The Subcommittee on Early Childhood,

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Congressional Hearing Discusses Chinese Influence on K-12 Schools

Brendan Clarey | September 25 (Chalkboard News) — Lawmakers in the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a congressional hearing on the “covert influence” of foreign governments in the nation’s K-12 education system, specifically concerns from a recent report on cultural centers, which some allege have ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). 

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What Is a Community School? Here Are the Key Differences

Julian Roberts-Grmela | September 22, 2023 (Chalkboard News) — Community schools are popping up across the country, but what are they? What makes them unique or different from other schools? José Muñoz, the national director at the Coalition for Community Schools, said community schools are different from their conventional counterparts because they partner with community

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