GOP lawmakers vow national push for ‘parents’ rights’ in public schools

BY: - November 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers and Virginia parents trying to capitalize on their success in the November election on Tuesday gathered across from the U.S. Capitol to voice their opposition to mask mandates and lessons about racism in public schools. The ranking Republican on the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee, Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, […]

U.S. attorney general defends FBI probe of threats against school board members

BY: - October 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans grilled Attorney General Merrick Garland for more than four hours on Wednesday about a Justice Department investigation into threats made to local school board members in multiple states. Garland at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing declined to revoke a memo he wrote asking the FBI to meet with local law enforcement to […]

Georgia’s top federal contracting universities opt for some vaccine mandates after all

BY: - October 27, 2021

In an abrupt turn, at least two Georgia universities, the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech, will comply with federal guidance mandating that COVID-19 vaccines will be required for all employees who work on or in connection with a federal contract or who work in a covered contractor workplace. Those on campus will also be […]

National school boards group apologizes for requesting probe of threats against local officials

BY: - October 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — The National School Boards Association is walking back its letter to President Joe Biden asking for federal help for school board members who have been harassed and threatened over masking requirements and discussions of race in public schools. The shift came after Republican members of Congress led by Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley raised strong objections […]

Georgia congressional Democrats, students call for more federal HBCU support

BY: - October 20, 2021

As the centerpiece of President Joe Biden’s agenda works its way through Congress, Georgia’s Democratic representatives are calling for more money for historically Black colleges and universities. “As the American Jobs and Families Plans have morphed into reconciliation legislation, President Biden’s proposed $45 billion for educational institutions including HBCUs has been downsized to $2 billion […]

Georgia Board of Regents OKs controversial changes to professor tenure rules

BY: - October 13, 2021

The Georgia Board of Regents, which oversees the state’s 26 public universities, voted Wednesday to make significant changes to tenure for college professors. The changes will directly affect 7,500 tenured professors in Georgia. Some of them have been protesting in person at regents meetings and over social media, arguing the move could curtail academic freedom […]

Public college tenure changes headed for vote despite professor protests

BY: - October 12, 2021

Georgia’s tenured public college professors could soon face more scrutiny if they want to keep their titles, but some professors say planned changes to the state’s post-tenure review system will cause talented academics to look for jobs in other states. A Georgia Board of Regents committee Tuesday unanimously approved changes to the way the state’s […]

Faculty job security is new fight on Georgia campuses after months of mask dustups

BY: - October 6, 2021

The battle over masks in Georgia’s college classrooms continues to simmer, and now another issue is pitting some of the state’s professors against the state’s appointed university system leadership. Next Tuesday and Wednesday, the Georgia Board of Regents is set to consider changes to professor tenure at the 26 public institutions the state manages. Supporters […]

FBI to investigate threats made against school board members, teachers

BY: - October 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has directed the FBI to meet with local governments and law enforcement to discuss strategies for dealing with increasing threats to teachers and school board members spurred by a conservative backlash against discussions of race in public schools. “Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our […]

Congress has a plan for universal pre-K. Will states opt in?

BY: - October 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nearly one fifth of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion sweeping social spending package is dedicated to providing low-cost care for children from birth to kindergarten—investments that would benefit single parents and low-income families. But how the states implement their programs for pre-K for 3-and 4-year-olds—or whether they even decide to accept the cash, […]

Democrats’ vision for free community college would boost undocumented students

BY: - October 3, 2021

WASHINGTON—The massive economic policy package Democrats are trying to muscle through Congress could open the door to free community college for undocumented immigrants. But that lifeline for many people now denied access to higher education could also reignite controversies in Republican-leaning states over immigration and federal overreach. The provision on immigrants was included in a plan drafted […]

Congressional panel hears from educators about how to safely reopen schools

BY: - September 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — A school superintendent from a large Nevada district on Wednesday described how schools there have coped with the pandemic and returned to in-person learning, as members of Congress examined best practices for safe reopening. Jesus Jara, superintendent of Clark County School District, which includes Las Vegas, told a virtual panel of the House […]