Education

Can a State Erase Property Taxes Without Wiping out Education?

The long, difficult and ongoing quest to reduce property taxes in Pennsylvania.

Federal Spending on Kids is Up, But Expected to Fall

Pandemic-era programs gave the funding a boost. As it phases out, more costs could shift to states and localities.

How a School’s ‘Bike Bus’ Won Over Students and Charmed the Internet

Nearly 200 kids in Portland, Oregon join a weekly bicycle ride to school, instead of relying on buses or drop-offs. The fun-spirited, pedal-powered convoys have drawn nationwide attention and the teacher behind them says they have many benefits.

How Much Federal Covid Aid are Cities Spending to Help Kids?

New research looks at how local governments are using the money to address the fallout the pandemic has had for children in areas like education and mental health.

Texas has Banned More Books Than Any Other State, New Report Shows

Across the country, more books have been challenged and removed as religious and conservative groups target LGBTQ and race issues.

A Library Struck by Controversy That Began Over a Book It Didn’t Own

In Boundary County, Idaho a local librarian decided to resign citing a “political atmosphere of extremism.” The situation there mirrors a trend affecting libraries around the country.

Republicans Running for Statehouse Seats Sharpen Attacks on Public Education

The strategy, which helped propel Republican Glenn Youngkin into the governor's office in Virginia, is playing out in the blue and purple states that Republicans hope to flip this election cycle.

A Mom’s Campaign to Ban Library Books Divided a Texas Town — and Her Own Family

Weston Brown thought he had fully come to terms with his mother's anti-LGBTQ beliefs. Then he saw the video of her speaking at a school board meeting. “I couldn’t stay quiet about that.”

Electric School Buses are Taking Students Back to School

COMMENTARY | And they're bringing cleaner air and lower maintenance costs to school districts across the country.

Florida Gov. DeSantis Touts Teacher Proposals Amid Statewide Shortage

The governor teased legislation aimed at recruiting retired law-enforcement officers, paramedics and firefighters who have bachelor’s degrees.

Could Apprenticeships Fix the Teacher Shortage?

COMMENTARY | Several states are pioneering "earn and learn" models as a potential long-term solution to address persistent educator shortages.

Power to the Parents: The Homegrown Conservative Movement Going After School Board Seats Across Florida

From school board races to textbook reviews, the parental empowerment movement is on the rise in the state.

The States That Passed Laws This Year to Curb LGBTQ Rights

There’s been a wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation, much of it directed at transgender youth. “Our community has been under attack,” says one advocate.

21 killed in Texas’ Deadliest School Shooting Ever

Robb Elementary teaches second, third and fourth grade students in Uvalde, which is about 85 miles west of San Antonio. Gov. Greg Abbott said the shooter is believed to have been killed by responding law enforcement.

School Bus Wi-Fi Qualifies for Discounted Rate

Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said broadband on school buses has been especially helpful in closing the homework gap.

States Look to Community Colleges to Fill Labor Gap

Tuition incentives could steer more people toward workforce needs.

States Grapple With Allowing High School Athlete Endorsements

“This is not going to go away, so how do we find a way to uphold the core values of education-based athletic?"

Minneapolis Teacher Strike Is Part of a Wider Labor Struggle for Educators Around the Country

Between pay gaps, the pandemic, growing class sizes and legislative directives, “the pressure on teachers right now is so formidable,” one expert said.

3 Things That Influence College Graduates From Rural Areas to Return to Their Communities

COMMENTARY | While many students who grew up in rural areas leave for good after going off to college, some are returning to their roots. A scholar who studies education and small towns explains why.

Schools Would Receive Funding for Cyber Education Programs Under Bipartisan Bill

The proposed Cybersecurity Grants For Schools Act establishes mandated federal grants to schools to promote cybersecurity education.