World leaders to explore girls’ education as climate crisis solution at upcoming United Nations conference
An “unprecedented” level of interest in girls’ education as a climate solution is growing worldwide, advocates say, as youth empowerment and gender are set to take center stage at the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference. From Oct. 31 through Nov. 12, roughly 20,000 international leaders and climate advocates will gather in Glasgow, Scotland for...
By Marianna McMurdock | November 1, 2021
CDC approves Pfizer shots for kids ages 5 to 11, roll out to begin Wednesday
Updated, Nov. 2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on Tuesday evening endorsed the unanimous vote of a CDC vaccine advisory panel recommending Pfizer-BioNTech’s pediatric coronavirus vaccine for use in children ages 5 to 11. Her sign-off means shots can begin Wednesday for some 28 million children in this younger age group. The...
By Asher Lehrer-Small | October 28, 2021
New report: How to build culturally affirming schools, according to over 100 Black teachers
Recruiting a diverse staff and building a “family-like” school culture are among the key action steps more than 100 Black educators recommend school leaders follow in a recent report released by Teach Plus and the Center for Black Educator Development. The paper presented the findings of focus groups conducted during the spring and summer of...
By Asher Lehrer-Small | October 26, 2021
Exclusive analysis: CDC COVID youth vaccination figures clash — sometimes by double-digits — with locally reported rates
As schools work to mitigate COVID spread in classrooms and get a handle on how many teens have been immunized, they may not be able to rely on vaccination data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In many cases, CDC numbers clash with locally reported vaccination rates, an analysis from The 74...
By Asher Lehrer-Small | October 21, 2021
Long-term NAEP scores for 13-year-olds drop for first time since testing began in 1970s — ‘a matter for national concern,’ experts say
Thirteen-year-olds saw unprecedented declines in both reading and math between 2012 and 2020, according to scores released this morning from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Consistent with several years of previous data, the results point to a clear and widening cleavage between America’s highest- and lowest-performing students and raise urgent questions about how...
By Kevin Mahnken | October 14, 2021
Student survey: Depression, stress and anxiety leading barriers to learning as access to trusted adults drops
Nearly half of American students with learning barriers cited increasing amounts of stress, depression and anxiety as the leading obstacle in the 2020-21 school year. At the same time, students say their access to a trusted adult to discuss that stress decreased, according to a new national survey. In the third and final survey of...
By Marianna McMurdock | October 12, 2021
Study: AI uncovers skin-tone gap in most-beloved children’s books
The most popular, award-winning children’s books tend to shade their Black, Asian and Hispanic characters with lighter skin tones than stories recognized for identity-based awards, new research finds. The discovery comes on the heels of a half decade of advocacy to diversify the historically white and male-centric kids’ literature genre, leading to modest gains in racial...
By Asher Lehrer-Small | October 11, 2021
Child tax credit payments a ‘shot in the arm’ for families, but some argue extending them should depend on results
Jessica Hudson, a political science student at San Francisco State University, was balancing school and work when she had to quit both to stay home with her two children during remote learning last year. Then the whole family, Hudson’s partner included, got sick with COVID-19. They found themselves overspending on a laundry service because they...
By Linda Jacobson | October 7, 2021
White House memo: Debt ceiling debate could impact $50 billion in K-12 funding, including Title I and special ed
Updated October 8 The Senate on Thursday passed a short-term, $480 billion increase in the debt ceiling that lasts through Dec. 3 — a move that prevents the U.S. government from failing to pay its financial obligations. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, after vowing not to help Democrats with the issue, rallied 11 Republicans to end debate...
By Linda Jacobson | October 6, 2021
San Francisco ethnic studies courses produced major educational benefits, researchers find as country debates anti-racist teaching in schools
Amid a heated political feud over the way educators should teach students about the legacy of issues like white supremacy and slavery, a major new study points to a positive, lasting link between antiracist instruction and improved academic outcomes for teens who struggle in school. The study, published Sept. 14 in the peer-reviewed Proceedings of the...
By Mark Keierleber | October 5, 2021