Education

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. 

The New Restrictions Conservative State Lawmakers are Pushing on Transgender Kids

Proposals in states like Texas and Alabama come as Republicans are trying to fend off challengers and make gains against Democrats in this year’s elections.

Educators Warn Bills to Give Parents More Power Could Push Teachers Out

In at least 15 states, lawmakers are considering bills to give parents more school oversight.

State Sets Up Tip Line for Parents to Snitch on Schools Teaching ‘Divisive Concepts’

Virginia’s new governor, Glenn Youngkin, signed an executive order to stop critical race theory from being taught in schools, even though it’s not in the state's curriculum.

Librarians Decry GOP Moves to Ban Books in Schools

A Texas lawmaker called for schools to review 850 books for possible removal.

3 Things Get People to Return to Rural Hometowns

COMMENTARY | A new study identifies the reasons that draw people back a decade or two after leaving: public schools, population density and other college-degree holders in the community.

The Push to Ban Books in Texas Schools Spreads to Public Libraries

Some Texas residents are asking for greater say in what titles appear on public library shelves.

Can Pay Raises Help Solve a Teacher Shortage? States Hope So.

They’re trying to retain teachers and attract beginners in a political climate that’s seen educators targeted by parents and policymakers over how history is taught and mask and vaccine mandates are enforced.

How to Help All Families Save for College

COMMENTARY | While Americans chase affordable higher education, the ability to save for college has never been more attainable.

How K-12 Spending Has Slipped as a Share of State Economic Output

A new study concludes that school spending was billions short in recent years compared to where it would have been if spending trends during the early 2000s continued.

The (Long) Waiting Game to Get My Student Loans Forgiven

COMMENTARY | The student loan forgiveness process for public servants is a disaster. After almost five years, I’m still waiting to have all my loans forgiven.

The Cost for States to Expand Free Pre-K Under the Biden Plan

The Build Back Better proposal provides money for free preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds. States are required to contribute a percentage and will likely incur costs for workforce development, pay increases and adjusting elementary school curriculum.

Biden Releases $1.75T Social Spending Framework to Win Over Democrats

The White House scaled back the original $3.5 trillion proposal, dropping paid family and medical leave and some Medicare expansions.