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Garland Refuses to Denounce Memo That Incited Counterterrorism Measures Against Parents

Jillian Schneider | September 29, 2009 (The Lion) — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland refused to distance himself from the controversial memo branding parents as “domestic terrorists.” In a hearing with the House Judiciary Committee on last week, Garland skirted questions from Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, about an infamous memo which referred to parents who …

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PragerU Offers Curricula for Schools — Florida Approves, With More States to Follow

Frances Floresca | August 15, 2023 (The Lion) — The children’s educational initiative of the conservative nonprofit PragerU has created videos and materials for use in public schools, and Florida is the first state to officially approve their use.  More states are soon to follow, reports Jill Simonian, the program’s director of outreach. PragerU Kids offers “educational, fun, patriotic …

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When Less Is More: Charter Schools Receive Less Funding But Deliver Better Student Outcomes

Jillian Schneider | August 13, 2023 (The Lion) — Charter schools outperform their traditional public-school counterparts despite receiving significantly less funding, recent studies show. The University of Arkansas released a new report analyzing nearly two decades’ worth of education funding from 16 states. It found charter schools have been chronically underfunded by 21% to 34% compared to …

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Youngkin Blasts DOJ Offer to ‘Mediate’ School Board Meetings

(The Lion) — The Republican governor’s office in Virginia assailed the Biden administration for using the Department of Justice Community Relations Service to insert itself into local school board meetings. “The fact that the Biden DOJ hasn’t learned its lesson from the last time they overstepped their authority shows a stunning lack of judgment,” said …

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Half of Parents Are Sending or Considering Sending Their Kids to a New School

Frances Floresca | August 8, 2023 (The Lion) — As students prepare to return to school, many parents are looking to send them to a new school.  Nearly half of parents have decided on or are currently considering a different school for one or more of their children, according to a National School Choice Week …

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REPORT: CCP Influencing US Schools With Nearly $20 Million

John Ransom | July 27, 2023 (The Lion) — Parents Defending Education (PED) has released a report that shows China’s Communist Party (CCP) spending over $17 million on programs inside American K-12 classrooms, some of them near military bases. In targeting science and technology high schools and high schools near military bases, the CCP is suspected by …

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VIDEO: Nebraska Mom Schools Union Boss on Why Families Need Educational Freedom

Jillian Schneider | July 23, 2023 (The Lion) — A Nebraska parent schooled a teachers’ union boss for opposing school choice in a video now circulating on Twitter. It happened as public school activists, such as Tim Royers, president of the Millard Education Association, are currently trying to undo a school choice bill that passed the Nebraska Legislature …

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More Teachers Are Skipping School Post-COVID Than Ever Before

Jillian Schneider | July 19, 2023 (The Lion) — Many education officials are concerned with the rise of chronic absenteeism among students. After all, schools can’t teach if students don’t attend. But an equally pressing, though less publicized, issue is that of teacher absenteeism. New data from the National Center for Education Statistics reveals teacher absenteeism …

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NEA Head Touts ‘Education Justice,’ Not Student Achievement, in Convention Speech

Jillian Schneider | July 11, 2023 (The Lion) — The president of the National Education Association had a lot to say about social justice at its annual meeting this week, and virtually nothing to say about academics.  Becky Pringle, president of the 3-million-member union, accused Florida – the assembly’s location – of being “Ground Zero for shameful, …

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