With Schools Deemed Low-Risk for Covid, One State Urges a Return to Hybrid Learning

Delaware Gov. John Carney asked schools to resume at least some in-person instruction by Monday, saying that state health data showed that schools have not been significant sources of infection.

The Debate About School Safety Is No Longer Relevant

Even in places where schools want to reopen, too many teachers are sick or quarantining for classrooms to operate, and substitutes cannot fill the void.

A Decrease in Student Transfers Could Have Lasting Effects on Education Mobility

Transfers by college students decreased by 8%, with disproportionate impacts to minorities and community-college students, according to research from the National Student Clearinghouse.

A State Becomes the First to Suspend Facial Recognition Technology in Schools

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said there are “serious and legitimate privacy concerns” with the technology—but only prohibited its use until 2022.

Quarantines Leave Schools Scrambling for Substitute Teachers

Schools need substitutes to stay open during a pandemic, and many schools are finding they don’t have enough.

The Debate Around Whether College Athletes Should Be Paid is Heating Up

Michigan’s state legislature this week became the sixth state to pass a bill that would open the door for college athletes to get paid for endorsements.

Teen Vaping Shows Signs of Leveling Off After Sharp Rise

A recent survey of teenagers also found that marijuana use was relatively stable in the early part of this year and that cigarette smoking was at historic lows.

Biden Urges Governors to Support Reopening Schools by April

In a virtual call with members of the National Governors Association, President-elect Joe Biden reiterated his desire for most schools to return to in-person learning in the first 100 days of his administration.

Survey: Covid Has Caused Over One-Quarter of K-12 Educators to Consider Leaving Jobs

The poll included responses from teachers and other school staff. Some said they considered leaves of absence, others career changes or early retirement.

The Pandemic Hasn’t Stopped This School District From Suing Parents Over Unpaid Textbook Fees

When the pandemic started, several school districts in Indiana halted the long-standing practice. But one district has filed nearly 300 lawsuits against parents, and others also have returned to court.

The Morality of Canceling Student Debt

COMMENTARY | High rates of college debt and delinquency undermine both the physical and mental health of young adults.

Lawsuit Claims Remote Learning is Driving Inequities for California K-12 Students

The suit, brought by families and advocacy groups, argues that kids have lacked technology and faced other problems as the coronavirus keeps them from classrooms.

One State Will Use Education College Students to Plug Ongoing Teacher Shortage

Education students in Connecticut can serve as apprentice teachers in classrooms, getting paid the same rate as substitute teachers without needing to be certified.

What the California Vote to Keep the Ban on Affirmative Action Means for Higher Education

COMMENTARY | Although California’s population continues to become more diverse, the affirmative action ban prevents underrepresented minority groups from having the same educational opportunities.

Although Now Required by California Law, Ethnic Studies Courses Likely to Be Met with Resistance

COMMENTARY | These classes will now have more white students who are there only because they must be, not because they choose to be.

State AGs Call on DHS to Withdraw Student Visa Rule Change Proposal

The coalition of 22 state attorneys general objects to a proposed rule change that would place time limits on visas for foreign students and members of the media.

College Students in One State Will Still Get to Vote There, Even if They’re Learning Remotely in a Different State

New Hampshire will allow some college students who attend school in the Granite State to cast ballots there, even if remote learning has them living in their home states.

K-12 Support Staff Hit by School Workforce Cuts

But employment losses in state and local education are still coming into focus.

States Can Expand Equitable Higher Learning Opportunities by Fixing the Community College Transfer Pipeline

COMMENTARY | Millions of students in America’s community colleges want to eventually earn a bachelor’s degree, but just a fraction successfully transfer to and graduate from four-year institutions.