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State Voters Welcome
Sex Ed. Requirement,
Taxing More Affluent
Up with sex education. Down with affirmative action. Up with higher taxes on the more affluent.
Those are the outcomes of some high-profile state
ballot measures on which voters had their say this
Despite strong-and bitter-opposition to Washington state's Proposition 90, the electorate there made
history by passing the nation's first comprehensive sex
education measure decided by the ballot.
After the state Senate approved a sex education bill
in March, a petition forged by Republicans and religious conservatives forced sex education onto the
Supporters of sex education argue that children
should be able to talk about sensitive topics with
trusted adults at schools in order to prevent sexual
abuse, promote responsible decision making, and
learn about forming healthy relationships.
Now, public school districts must use curriculum
that aligns with the new wide-ranging standards and
must teach age-appropriate concepts by grade level.
Voters in Arizona, meanwhile, approved a new tax
on high-earning residents that could bring in nearly
$1 billion of new revenue annually to the state's underfunded school system.
The approval of Proposition 208 came after the business community spent millions trying to defeat the
measure, arguing it would hurt the economy.
The Invest in Education Act will impose an extra 3.5
percent tax on income above $250,000 for individuals
and for couples making more than $500,000.
In neighboring California, the campaign to reinstate affirmative action had money, momentum, and
big-name backers, but voters nonetheless rejected the
Supporters of Proposition 16 said they didn't have
enough time to sway voters on the touchy topic of government preferences in public hiring, contracting, and
college admissions based on race, ethnicity, or gender
even during a national reckoning on race.
Also out West, Utah voters have approved a major
structural change to how schools are funded.
The proposal known as Amendment G changes a
constitutional requirement that income taxes be only
used to fund education. Now, that money can also be
used for programs to help children and people with
In your opinion, how should QAnon be addressed by teachers?
By teaching students what it is and
that its theories are untrue-but only if
students bring it up
It should be completely ignored even if
students bring it up
By explaining what it is and then offering evidence for and against its theories
Other, please specify
By teaching students what it is and that
its theories are untrue-regardless of
whether students bring it up or not
By explaining what it is and teaching its
theories as credible/true
Educators are torn on whether they
should address QAnon theories in the
classroom in an attempt to stomp out
the misinformation, survey results from
the EdWeek Research Center show.
Totals may not add up to 100% due to rounding.
SOURCE: EdWeek Research Center survey, 2020
QAnon Conspiracy Theories May Be Raised in Class:
What Do Teachers Do to Deal With the Subject?
Another conspiracy theory-or theories-making the rounds
just might surface in classrooms. What are teachers to do if students bring up QAnon, what The New York Times defines as " a
sprawling set of internet conspiracy theories that allege, falsely,
that the world is run by a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles
who are plotting against [President Donald] Trump while operating a global child sex-trafficking ring. "
Two-thirds of educators said in a recent EdWeek Research
Center survey they either haven't heard of QAnon or don't know
enough to have an opinion. And about a third don't buy into it at
all, while just 3 percent think it's " somewhat " or " completely "
Among those who have heard about QAnon, though, young
adults, ages 18 to 29, are the most likely to say they believe in the
conspiracy theory , according to a Pew Research Center survey.
When high school students do buy into QAnon theories, it can
become a daunting task for teachers to debunk them, a recent
Buzzfeed News article reported.
" For the teachers I spoke to, explaining actual facts to mis-
'Bye, Betsy' and More: Education World Reacts
To Joe Biden's Presidential Election Win
Supporters of President Donald Trump may be deeply disappointed by the outcome of the presidential election, but many in
the education world rejoiced not only at former Vice President Joe
Biden's victory but also the soon-to-end tenure of U.S. Secretary
of Education Betsy DeVos, who was seen as a champion of charter schools at the expense of public ones.
The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, which both endorsed Biden in the general election and have opposed Trump at virtually every turn, expressed
their confidence that Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala
Harris would support public schools.
Planning About Plotting
AFT President Randi Weingarten also confided that she cried
on Nov. 6, as Biden widened his lead and moved closer to victory:
" It's the first time I felt like I could release emotions in the last
five years. "
Democratic lawmakers with leading roles in education policy
also congratulated the Biden-Harris win, as did former Florida
Gov. Jeb Bush, an influential conservative in education policy
and a one-time GOP presidential hopeful.
Education groups praising Biden and Harris also took the opportunity to urge them to act on pressing K-12 issues.
For instance, GLSEN, which advocates LGBTQ students'
guided students can seem nearly impossible, " reporter Scaachi
Koul wrote. " In response, their students simply say that the news
media is biased and that Donald Trump is sending subtle signals
to QAnon believers about how he's on the brink of saving the
world from pedophile rings. "
Instead of teachers trying to disprove a set of convoluted theories, Adam Enders, an assistant professor of political science
at the University of Louisville, said a better approach might be
teaching students how to spot misinformation.
Chris Dier, a U.S. history teacher in New Orleans and the 2020
Louisiana teacher of the year, had a student bring up QAnon this
year. Dier gave a brief explanation, and his students seemed to
quickly dismiss the theories as false.
If a student did believe QAnon theories were true, Dier said he
would use it as an opportunity to push for sources and evidence,
which is already a staple of his classroom, or talk to the student
one-on-one. " I would never dismiss their concerns-their views
are just as legitimate to them as ours are to us, " he said. " I would
have them dissect the [theories] and demand evidence. "
rights, said, " There is much work still ahead to rebuild and repair
our schools to ensure that every LGBTQ+ child finds safety and
liberation in education. "
However, it was hard to avoid the jubilation-and mockery-
educators aimed at DeVos.
The Chicago Teachers Union tweeted: " Bye Betsy. " Nate Bowling, the 2016 Washington state teacher of the year, used a GIF to
express his joy. And the president of the AFT's Massachusetts
affiliate, Beth Kontos, shared an unflattering image of DeVos
with the message: " Adios, Betsy. Public education is not at your
mercy any longer. "
Not everyone in K-12, of course, was happy with the results.
Max Eden, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, cautioned that a Biden administration would be a return to the bad
old days of the Obama era when disagreement with its ideological agenda should earn students epithets.
BRIEFLY STATED CONTRIBUTORS: Associated Press, Christina Samuels, Sarah D. Sparks, Andrew Ujifusa, and Madeline Will.. Edited by Karen Diegmueller.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - November 18, 2020
Education Week - November 18, 2020
Did COVID-19 Really Drive Teachers to Quit?
As Election 2020 Grinds On, Young Voters Stay Hooked
Getting Schools Open: A No-Win Decision as Virus Cases Surge
‘Schools Need to Be Bolder’ About Reopening, Public Health Expert Says
What to Watch as Biden Administration Charts Its Own Path on Education Policy
Who Could End Up Heading Top Senate Panel on Education Issues
Families Not Engaging Remotely? Rethink the Problem
The Election Was Traumatizing For Many Students (and Educators)
The New Face of Teacher Demoralization
What the Research Says
Letters to the Editor
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Education Week - November 18, 2020 - Briefly Stated
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Education Week - November 18, 2020 - What the Research Says
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Education Week - November 18, 2020 - Did COVID-19 Really Drive Teachers to Quit?
Education Week - November 18, 2020 - 7
Education Week - November 18, 2020 - Getting Schools Open: A No-Win Decision as Virus Cases Surge
Education Week - November 18, 2020 - ‘Schools Need to Be Bolder’ About Reopening, Public Health Expert Says
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Education Week - November 18, 2020 - What to Watch as Biden Administration Charts Its Own Path on Education Policy
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Education Week - November 18, 2020 - Who Could End Up Heading Top Senate Panel on Education Issues
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Education Week - November 18, 2020 - Families Not Engaging Remotely? Rethink the Problem
Education Week - November 18, 2020 - The Election Was Traumatizing For Many Students (and Educators)
Education Week - November 18, 2020 - Letters to the Editor
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Education Week - November 18, 2020 - The New Face of Teacher Demoralization
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