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The summer of strikes

Delivery drivers, hotel staff, fast food workers, teachers and thousands of other workers went on strike this summer, as did the people who play them on TV.

Ed culture wars hurt textbook industry

Textbook sales have plummeted as school districts in red states are concerned that content they purchase could violate state laws restricting education on race, history, sex and gender, or prompt complaints in an era of surging book challenges.

The absentee epidemic

Students have been absent at record rates since returning to in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data compiled by Stanford University in partnership with the Associated Press.

First religious charter school gets OK

An Oklahoma board approved the nation’s first religious charter school, agreeing to publicly fund a school where Catholic teachings will be incorporated into lessons throughout the day — and testing the constitutional bounds of taxpayer funding for religious education.

GOP expands public funds for private schools

Republican state lawmakers around the country have voted in recent months to create or expand programs that provide public funds to families for their children’s private education.

Florida’s anti-union law targets teachers

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on May 9 signed legislation to prohibit automatic payroll deductions for dues and place other restrictions on public employee unions. The new law, which takes effect on July 1, also requires unions to pay for annual financial audits and to maintain a membership of at least 60% of eligible employees or risk decertification.