Posts Tagged:education

Growing Number of States Consider Parental Rights Bills like Florida’s

Lawmakers across the country are proposing bills similar to the Parental Rights in Education bill recently signed into law by Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, NPR reports. “First Florida. Then Alabama. Now, lawmakers in Ohio and Louisiana are considering legislation that mimics the Florida law,” according to NPR: And Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he’ll…Read More

Hofmeister School Transgender Bathroom Policies Mandatory

A spokesperson for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister says Oklahoma public schools must allow students to use the bathroom of their choice, based on the student’s self-professed gender identity, and cannot restrict bathroom access based on biological gender. Carrie Burkhart, executive director of communications for the Oklahoma State Department of Education, said the…Read More

The New Politics of School Choice

Jessica Bagos is the kind of mom who may be on the verge of transforming K–12 education. “I grew up in public schools, and I’ve always been a proponent of the public-school system,” she says. Then came the Covid-19 lockdowns. The public schools closed in Royal Oak, Mich., the Detroit suburb where she lives. When…Read More

Republicans Want Parents’ Rights in Education to be a National Priority

Nationwide battles continue over kids in the classroom between parents, teachers and school boards, over mask mandates and curriculum. Republicans are demanding more parental rights, as they see these issues as another opening to win back Congress in November’s midterm elections. Senator Rick Scott says, “Kids need to be in school. And parents need to…Read More

Oklahoma Parents Left in Lurch by School Closings

More than $2 billion in federal COVID-bailout funds have been provided to Oklahoma school districts since 2020 to cover the costs to safely open amidst the pandemic. But despite that lavish infusion of cash, numerous schools are now closing again amidst the rise of the Omicron variant. That has left many parents—and students—with an unsettling…Read More