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Members of the Border Rider Motorcycle Group during the Portland Pride Parade and Festival. Photo: Diego Diaz/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The school board of Newberg, Oregon, passed a resolution Tuesday banning teachers in the district from displaying “political, quasi-political or controversial" symbols in the classroom, The Oregonian reports.

Why it matters: The 4-3 vote comes after a couple of racist incidents happened in the school district, and the measure was approved despite teachers in the district rallying in opposition to it.

Details: The policy states that no employee can "hang, post, erect, or otherwise display" anything "political, quasi-political, or controversial ..."

  • It defined a controversial topic as "one that a professional educator could reasonably understand to have students on more than one side of said issue." American flags and Oregon state flags are exempt from the policy.
  • The policy first banned Black Lives Matter and Pride symbols in all school buildings but was amended after outcry and over worries about litigation, per the Washington Post.

What they're saying: “We don’t pay our teachers to push their political views on our students. That’s not their place,” said Brian Shannon, vice chair of the Newberg school board, per the Post.

  • “We cannot let this group of 4 impose their own political agenda, erode our rights, and strip our support of our students. Our educators are united in their goal to create classrooms where students can walk in and feel like they belong," wrote the Newberg Education Association, a teachers union, on Facebook.

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Meet the candidates: Denver school board at-large seat

From left to right, Marla Benavides, Jane Shirley, Scott Esserman, Nicky Yollick, Vernon Jones Jr. Photos courtesy of campaigns

The state's largest school district is holding elections in four of nine districts, our education reporting partner Chalkbeat writes.

Let's meet the at-large candidates in the order they will appear on Denver residents' ballots.

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Oct 18, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

Iowa schools grapple with staff shortages

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

It's the middle of the year, but staff shortages are still hampering Iowa schools' from performing their daily operations at 100%.

  • And this year's politicized debates about classrooms aren't helping with morale and retaining workers, said Mike Beranek, president of the Iowa State Education Association.

Why it matters: Staff shortages, especially in classrooms, hurt student learning. Teachers and teacher aides don't have time for individualized lesson plans and they're managing larger class sizes.

Judge denies relief for Cobb parents suing over mask-optional policy

Pro-mask demonstrators hold signs and chant during a rally over Cobb School District’s optional mask policy. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage for Bloomberg via Getty Images

A federal court judge has rejected parents’ request for a temporary injunction in their lawsuit against the Cobb County School District over its mask-optional policy.

Why it matters: Approval of the request would have required the district to follow CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools, including universal masking while indoors.