*** On April 25, after its passage through the House, Idaho’s State Senate passed HB377 banning the teaching of Critical Race Theory. On May 1, GOP governor Brad Little signed it into law.
In part it reads, “No public institution of higher education, school district, or public school, including public charter school, shall direct or otherwise compel students to personally affirm, adopt, or adhere to any of the following tenets: That any sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin is inherently superior or inferior; That individuals should be adversely treated on the basis of their sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin, are inherently responsible for actions committed in the past by other members of the same sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin.”
*** Writes Education Week’s Andrew Ujifusa, “Parents Defending Education has filed federal civil rights complaints against several districts around the country, arguing that, when districts announce the presence of systemic racism in their schools, they are admitting to a violation of federal law and should be subject to penalties that could include losing federal money. Yet critics say the tactic is ‘malicious’ and could discourage school districts from making that first important step toward dealing with structural racism by saying that it exists in their schools.”
*** Writes Peter DeWitt, a former public-school principal turned author, presenter, and leadership coach, writes: “School leadership is not easy, and many of those who take the position have not necessarily had the professional learning and development to be successful. They are often handed the keys to the building, after they successfully interviewed for the position, and then left to their own devices…”
After adding that fake it till you make it is not a successful model of leadership, DeWitt cites the National Association of Secondary School Principal’s finding that 42% of principals are thinking about leaving the job. Their reasons include:
- Working conditions
- Compensation & financial obligations
- High stakes accountability systems & evaluation practices
- Lack of decision-making authority
- Inadequate access to professional learning opportunities
Meanwhile, Education Week has found that, of the roughly 3.5 million full- and part-time public-school teachers, 38% said that working during the pandemic has made them consider changing jobs. Many, however, cannot afford to quit.
*** In almost two hours of oral arguments, the Supreme Court heard the case of Brandi Levy’s Snapshot rant after failing to make the varsity cheer squad: “F_ _ _ school f _ _ _ softball f_ _ _ _ cheer f _ _ _ _ everything.” She then added a photo posing with a friend, middle fingers raised.
Said Justice Kavanaugh, “As a judge and maybe as a coach and a parent, too,, it seems like maybe a bit of an overreaction by the coach. She blew off steam like millions of other kids have when they’re disappointed about being cut from the high school team or not being in the starting llineup or not making all-league.”
The Supreme Court will decide the case in June.
And that’s the way it is school-wise in 2021…