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
For undocumented students, coronavirus pandemic brings learning disruptions — and economic panic — with few avenues for help
Miriam hopes to attend college and become an elementary school teacher. But right now, she’s worried that she won’t graduate from high school. Like many campuses across the U.S., her high school in San Antonio, Texas, transitioned to online instruction last month amid the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to a school-issued hotspot, Miriam has internet at...
By Mark Keierleber | April 21, 2020
Biden’s tough-on-crime mantra led to school ‘militarization,’ critics say. Why his legacy on campus cops matters ahead of the SC primary
Just one month after the worst K-12 school shooting in American history, then-Vice President Joe Biden held back tears as he addressed a nation mourning the 26 people killed, most of them young children. “We have a moral obligation — a moral obligation — to do everything in our power to diminish the prospect that...
By Mark Keierleber | February 26, 2020
Trump budget proposal would merge federal education programs into single block grant, cut billions in school spending
The Trump administration announced a proposal Monday to cut billions of dollars in education aid, in part by merging dozens of federal education initiatives, from charter school expansions to educating homeless children, into a single grant program. The move, which is practically assured not to win House approval, is part of the fiscal 2021 budget proposal...
By Mark Keierleber | February 10, 2020
Do parents actually want their kids in integrated schools? New Harvard survey reveals mixed messages
As schools across the country remain starkly segregated by both race and income, parents expressed widespread support — in theory — for integrating America’s public schools, according to a new report. For many, however, that support appears to stop at their own doorstep. Across America’s increasingly partisan political divide, parents say they support racial and...
By Mark Keierleber | February 3, 2020
Listen up, candidates: Most teachers feel their voices aren’t being heard, new survey reveals
As the Democratic presidential hopefuls release campaign promises to woo America’s K-12 educators — a key voting bloc — teachers feel left in the dark on major policy conversations, a new survey revealed. Just a third of educators said their perspectives are considered a “great deal” in teachers union policy decisions, and the numbers fall...
By Mark Keierleber | January 27, 2020
Haves and have-nots: The borders between school districts often mark extreme segregation. A new study outlines America’s 50 worst cases
The Rust Belt city of Rochester in upstate New York has the most economically segregating school district border in the country, walling off the high-poverty education system from its affluent neighbors next door, according to a new report. About half the children in Rochester live in poverty, many of whom struggle to get adequate food,...
By Mark Keierleber | January 22, 2020