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Florida Republican state senator to propose bill for anti-mask private school vouchers. Republican state senator Joe Gruters says he plans to introduce legislation to grant “Face Freedom” private school vouchers to Florida parents who don’t want their children to wear masks in school. WUSF
“We will not just talk about what the problem is, but we will also offer solutions.” Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences will host a webinar on “Racism in America” focused on education and housing November 19, 2020, at 7 p.m. ET. It will be moderated by Adam Harris and will include Noliwe Rooks, Kendra Bischoff, Daneil Lichter, and Sergio Garcia Rios. Cornell University
What public education advocates want to see in Biden’s pick to succeed Betsy DeVos. “It is time to chart a course away from the failed reforms that began with George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB), accelerated with Barack Obama’s Race to the Top and brought us to the place we are today,” write Carol Burris of the Network for Public Education and Diane Ravitch. The Washington Post
Feds hit an Illinois charter school chain with a big fine. Concept Schools Inc., a Chicago-area charter chain, has agreed to pay $4.5 million to end a federal corruption investigation into an alleged bid-rigging scheme to steer technology contracts to insiders. WBEZ
Even within the same district some wealthy schools get millions more than poor ones. New federally mandated data has laid bare within-district inequalities. As expected, “Kids who need more support to overcome barriers to academic achievement are routinely shortchanged.” Hechinger Report