K-12 DIGEST: Daily Briefing – Dec. 6, 2021

World Bank warns staggering education losses are worse than expected

The joint study from the World Bank and United Nations agencies estimates that losses in lifetime earnings, at present value, could hit $17 trillion — a 70% increase from previous estimates. It noted that schools remain closed in some areas of the world, and experts are raising concerns that approximately 24 million children are “at risk of never returning to education.”

Shabtai Gold – Devex.com

Nevada Supreme Court hears education funding case

The case being heard is called Shea v. Nevada. Parents filed a complaint on March 4, 2020, challenging the constitutionality of Nevada’s “chronically under-resourced public education system” according to a news release from Educate Nevada Now.

The case made it to the state Supreme Court after a lower court ruling was appealed.

Duncan Phenix – 8NewsNow.com

GOP Michigan education official: State should end required school attendance

With some exceptions, the longstanding compulsory attendance law requires parents and guardians to send their students to school during the school year. Repealing the law would mark a dramatic and unlikely overhaul of Michigan public education, funding for which is currently based on attendance numbers.

On Monday, McMillin, a former conservative state House member from Oakland Township, contended that parents who are concerned about their children’s mental health shouldn’t have to “worry about what the state thinks or truancy officers or anything.”

Craig Mauger – The Detroit News

Maryland gubernatorial candidate John King wades into education controversy with new ad campaign

Though King does not say the term “critical race theory” in the ad, he addresses the recent controversies about how issues of racism, slavery and discrimination are taught in public schools. Critical race theory is a term that’s been broadly applied to lessons on racism by opponents, though scholars define it more narrowly as a legal framework and academic line of inquiry that focuses on how racism has been embedded in U.S. systems and policies.

“The truth is, today’s gaps in health, wealth and criminal justice are tied to the history of slavery, segregation and redlining … We’re strong enough to acknowledge injustice and see the power of progress,” King says in the ad, speaking into the camera from what appears to be an empty classroom.

Pamela Wood – Baltimore Sun

Department of Education program aims to train, keep teachers in Arkansas

School districts in Arkansas are facing quite a dilemma.

“We’ve been seeing changes in some of the numbers, the average years teaching experience has dropped,” Dr. Ivy Pfeffer, deputy commissioner for the Arkansas Department of Education said.

Pfeffer, along with the rest of the department, is on a mission to find a solution to that.

Frederick Price – KTHV

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