How missing Zoom classes could funnel kids into the juvenile justice system — and why some experts say now is the time to reform truancy rules
Marissa McClellan, who leads child protective services in Pennsylvania’s capital city, has been struggling to fall asleep at night. But it’s not the pandemic’s growing death toll or the collapsing economy that’s keeping her up. She’s worried about the children who aren’t showing up for school. Ever since the pandemic pushed schools into disarray, education...
By Mark Keierleber | January 4, 2021
How Cardona could uplift immigrant students and English language learners as education secretary
When voters selected Joe Biden as the next president, Juan Cisneros offered a lukewarm congratulations. Cisneros, a 19-year-old computer science student at Benedictine University in Mesa, Arizona, is still fuming about immigration policy under former President Barack Obama, who oversaw a surge in deportations and was famously dubbed the “Deporter in Chief” by leading immigrant-rights...
By Mark Keierleber | December 29, 2020
Parents and educators hope the rise of online learning lives on after the pandemic, report finds. But researchers say privacy protections shouldn’t be sacrificed
Although the pandemic forced students into an abrupt shift to haphazard online learning earlier this year, a majority of parents and educators support the boom in education technology and hope online learning goes on after the public health emergency subsides, according to a new report. But researchers argued that the surge in digital education shouldn’t...
By Mark Keierleber | October 29, 2020
Majority of Americans give Trump a failing grade on education policy ahead of re-election bid, PDK poll finds
As President Donald Trump makes his case for re-election and the nation confronts a school system in disarray, the results of a new poll taken in the early days of the pandemic show a majority of Americans giving him a failing grade on key education issues. While 53 percent of Americans disapprove of Trump’s performance...
By Mark Keierleber | August 26, 2020
Raising the ‘red flag’ in school: From New York to Hawaii to California, new laws are empowering educators to remove firearms from students deemed dangerous
Over the next several weeks, The 74 will be publishing stories reported and written before the coronavirus pandemic. Their publication was sidelined when schools across the country abruptly closed, but we are sharing them now because the information and innovations they highlight remain relevant to our understanding of education. Riverhead, New York Under oath in...
By Mark Keierleber | July 7, 2020
Education groups rejoice as Supreme Court blocks Trump efforts to end DACA program, but warn decision is merely ‘first step’
Education groups cheered a Supreme Court opinion Thursday that blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to end a program that provides work authorization and deportation relief to some 650,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children. The administration’s move to terminate the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program — in...
By Mark Keierleber | June 19, 2020
Teacher survey highlights how the pandemic disrupted the lives of students and educators — and the challenges districts face in reopening campuses
With campuses closed nationwide, remote learning has become the norm in communities across the country and the vast majority of teachers are offering instruction online. But few students regularly attend the virtual classes, according to a new survey of public school teachers. The survey, released Thursday by the nonprofit advocacy group Educators for Excellence, found...
By Mark Keierleber | June 3, 2020
The coronavirus closed schools in a flash. But detailed planning must guide students’ return to classrooms, groups urge
This will all end. State lawmakers will lift stay-at-home orders, office dwellers will return to their cubicles and — critical for America’s stressed-out parents — children will go back to their classrooms. For most schools, however, getting there will be easier said than done. Despite widespread uncertainty and the unique demands of online classes, a...
By Mark Keierleber | May 20, 2020
DeVos releases Title IX campus sexual assault rule, courting controversy amid coronavirus pandemic
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released a new rule Wednesday on how K-12 schools and colleges must address campus sexual misconduct, bolstering protections for accused students as the department seeks to combat abuse “without abandoning fairness.” The regulations, which go into effect in August, make wide-ranging changes to schools’ obligations under Title IX, the federal law...
By Mark Keierleber | May 6, 2020
Despite ‘COVID slide’ concerns, most educators oppose extending upcoming school year to stave off negative effects, survey finds
With school campuses closed nationwide due to the coronavirus pandemic, researchers have warned that students’ time away from the classroom could lead to disruptive learning loss — an anomaly dubbed the “COVID slide.” But most teachers oppose extending the upcoming academic year to confront academic setbacks, according to the results of a new survey. Sixty-five...
By Mark Keierleber | May 6, 2020