Public Education

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 Lost Generation:’ Community Colleges Report Record Enrollment Declines

New data shows total enrollment decreased by more than 10% since last fall, with the most precipitous drop seen with first-year students.

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.

FBI, CISA, State Leaders Warn Schools About Ransomware Threats

The percentage of ransomware attacks perpetrated against schools more than doubled in 2020.

Computer Science Jobs Pay Well and Are Growing Fast. Why Are They Out of Reach for So Many of America's Students?

COMMENTARY | If students from certain groups are being shut out of the field, it means that public education is failing in its role as the great equalizer.

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.

How Schools Can Reduce Parents’ Anxiety During the Pandemic

COMMENTARY | In a recent survey, parents say the more support they got from schools, the less anxiety and depression they reported experiencing.

Teachers Play a Critical Role in Shaping Girls' Future as Coders

COMMENTARY | Educators need to be aware of their own implicit biases that can lead to differences in how they recognize what girls can do in coding.

Schools Aren’t Super-Spreaders

COMMENTARY | Fears from the summer appear to have been overblown.

With Texas Schools Struggling to Find Lost Students, State Offers Temporary Financial Reprieve

The state parcels out school funding based on attendance, but many districts have seen sharp declines this fall. Local school officials are worried that they'll run out of money to pay for staff, facilities and other fixed expenses.

Iowa Relaxes Quarantine Policy Against CDC Guidance—But It Depends on Masks

Iowa students, teachers and business employees will no longer be asked to quarantine after coming in contact with people later diagnosed with coronavirus, but only if everybody wore masks.

Breonna Taylor Decision Sparks Nationwide Protests

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Schools Are Juggling All Kinds of Learning Models This Year. But That Doesn’t Always Mean They Are Hiring More Teachers.

In many districts, some students are staying home to learn online while others head back into the classroom. Who will teach them?

California School Districts Considering How Much Covid Testing to Require to Reopen

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Students’ Mass Migration Back to College Gets a Failing Grade

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign created a model for students coming back, including twice-a-week testing. But officials didn't anticipate that students wouldn't isolate, even after they tested positive for Covid-19.

The Pandemic Has Parents Fleeing From Schools—Maybe Forever

Covid-19 is a catalyst for families who were already skeptical of the traditional school system—and are now thinking about leaving it for good.

University of Texas Student Football Fans Will Be Tested Before Saturday Game

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Lawmakers Hope to Allow School Districts—Not Governor—to Set Crowd Size for Sporting Events

Spectators are currently allowed at sporting events in Pennsylvania, but state limits on crowd sizes would make it difficult for many, if any, audience members to attend games. Proposed legislation aims to allow school districts to set their own limits.

New York City to Set Up Random Covid Testing at Schools

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