Are millions of students really missing school?

As many as 3 million of the country’s most marginalized students may not have returned to school — online or in-person — since the COVID closures in March, a new analysis suggests. English language learners, homeless and disabled students, and children in foster care are among the groups that have had the most trouble accessing school since the pandemic began, according to the “Missing in the Margins” report by Bellwether Education Partners.

Please Stop Expecting Normal From Kids (and Teachers) Right Now

Julie Mason, a contributor for We Are Teachers, writes: “We are trying to keep things as normal as possible for our kids. But why? There’s nothing normal about this school year. I’m going to make the case to please stop expecting normal from kids and teachers right now and to start questioning why we thought normal was so great in the first place. Sure, there’s a lot of comfort in routine and the structure of school, but we are so used to things that we stop questioning why we do them in the first place.”

We need a new generation of special education teachers

For Black and Brown students with disabilities, online instruction has often been a failure. It is also suboptimal for students with disabilities across racial groups, especially as teachers without training have had to shift instruction. Many Black and Brown families include essential workers or individuals who are more vulnerable to COVID-19. Fewer Black and Brown communities are able to access services for students with disabilities and high-quality instruction for their children in public schools.

Zirkel: Due Process and Complaint Activity for COVID Issues

In addition to the alternative forms of dispute resolution under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the two decisional avenues are adjudicative and investigative. The adjudicative avenue starts with a due process hearing (DPH) and culminates in court proceedings. The investigative avenue is the written state complaints (WSC) process, which provides for judicial appeals in only the minority of states (e.g., Zirkel, 2019). Read More…