Public Education

America Gets a D+ for School Infrastructure - but Federal Covid Relief Could Pay for Many Repairs

COMMENTARY | Money from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan could go toward much-needed improvements to crumbling public school buildings.

How School Lunch Could Improve When Classrooms are Full Again

COMMENTARY | School lunch is a lot less fun during a pandemic.

Delaware Bill Would Require Menstruation Products In Public School Bathrooms

The one-time cost to each school would be about $30,000 to install dispensers and $77,000 a year to keep them filled.

Civics Education Isn’t Boosting Youth Voting or Volunteerism

COMMENTARY | Research finds that states that require civics courses do not necessarily have more youth voting or young people volunteering at higher rates than other states—and there may be a connection to QAnon support as well.

Poll: Over Three-Quarters of Parents Support School Reopening

The finding comes as many students across the country have not regularly attended in-person classes since early last year.

Nearly 29,000 Residents Apply for Free Community College Tuition in State Program's First Week

The Michigan Reconnect Program provides residents 25 and older with free community college tuition and scholarships for skilled trades training, part of a larger initiative to increase the number of working-age residents with degrees.

During the Pandemic, Teachers’ Mental Health is Suffering in Ways They’ve Never Experienced

The burden is most acute for teachers who are mothers, and steering both their students and their own children through online learning.

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

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | California pledges to eliminate new gas-powered cars by 2035 ... Louisiana's voter-registration website goes down on National Voter Registration Day ... Missouri governor tests positive for Covid-19.

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?