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A collection of the most recent education journalism, curated by EWA staff. 

A collection of the most recent education journalism, curated by EWA staff. 

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Biden Outlines Plan to Solve Child Care Crisis

PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE Biden outlined a sweeping plan Thursday to address the country’s child care crisis.

“We are facing an acute, immediate child care crisis in America, which is exacerbating our economic crisis,” he said in a statement. “If left unaddressed, many child care providers will close – some permanently – and millions of children could go without necessary care, and millions of parents could be left to make devastating choices this winter between caring for their children and working to put food on the table.”

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Biden Calls for $130 Billion in New K-12 Relief, Scaled Up Testing, Vaccination Efforts

President-elect Joe Biden is calling for $130 billion in additional COVID-19 relief funding for schools, ramped up testing efforts, and accelerated vaccine distribution strategies to help reopen “the majority of K-8 schools” within the first 100 days of his administration.

The proposals, which Biden announced in a speech Thursday night, are part of a $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” that also seeks $350 billion in aid to state, local, and territorial governments.

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Anya Kamenetz of NPR covers how parents, caregivers and teachers can help children make sense of the news and calm their anxieties.  

The Yakima Herald-Republic’s Janelle Retka gathers insights from teachers who paused or reworked their curriculum in the past week to address the Capitol riot. 

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How The Pandemic Highlights Racial Disparities In Higher Education

Typically during a recession, community college enrollment goes up as unemployed workers start looking for new skills. But that’s not happening this time around, signaling trouble for the economy and individual families going forward, particularly for lower-income students and students of color. This is part of a PBS NewsHour ongoing series, “Rethinking College.”

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How The Pandemic Highlights Racial Disparities In Higher Education

Typically during a recession, community college enrollment goes up as unemployed workers start looking for new skills. But that’s not happening this time around, signaling trouble for the economy and individual families going forward, particularly for lower-income students and students of color. This is part of a PBS NewsHour ongoing series, “Rethinking College.”

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State Planning COVID Testing Pilot for Child Care Staff, After Continued Pleas by Providers

When state leaders announced that they would be making widespread pooled coronavirus testing available to public schools, many child care providers and after school program directors were frustrated that they were left out.

Many had been caring for children throughout the pandemic as emergency child care providers reopened before most public schools. After school programs had transformed their spaces into remote learning centers to support students who needed to log on to their virtual classrooms.

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Refugee and Immigrant Women Show Promise as a Pipeline for New Colorado Early Childhood Educators

As an assistant teacher, Mwezi makes $14.77 an hour but she’s not stopping there. After she comes home from work and checks in on her eldest daughter and Martinode, now a healthy six-year-old, Mwezi hits the books in the family’s Aurora apartment. She is studying brain development, behavior management and cognitive development in children.

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Betsy DeVos Resigns as Education Secretary, Citing Trump’s Role in Riot

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, one of President Trump’s longest-serving and most loyal Cabinet members and also one of his most controversial, submitted her resignation Thursday, citing the president’s role in the riot on Capitol Hill.

“There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me,” she wrote in a letter to President Trump. The behavior of the “violent protestors overrunning the U.S. Capitol” was “unconscionable,” she wrote.

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‘The Workforce Behind The Workforce’: Confronting Colorado’s Critical Child Care Staffing Shortage

Colorado doesn’t have enough people to take care of children while parents work. The number of children under age four in Colorado is expected to increase 10 percent over the next two years and 22 percent by 2026.

“It’s going to take a robust workforce to be able to staff all of that,” said Heather Hanna, deputy director, of the Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance. 

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“If there had been a global pandemic back in the early nineties, when I was in 7th grade, I would have been secretly grateful to the virus that got me out of my scary place: the middle school cafeteria,” writes Alyson Klein of Education Week.

Beaumont EnterprisesIsaac Windes covers how educators across Southeast Texas discussed the Capitol riot with their students in real time.

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Statewide Child Care Strike Remains on the Table as Grants Go Out to Providers

YAKIMA — A statewide strike of small child care providers proposed earlier this month remains on the table, and union leaders say it could take place in mid-January.

In mid-December, 5,400 providers in Washington began to vote on whether to take the first statewide strike in the sector, said Mary Curry, president of the SEIU 925 union chapter that represents these providers statewide.

“More than half have voted, and voted to strike,” Curry said Tuesday.

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Lauren FitzPatrick reports on a Chicago Sun-Times review that found at least 30 public schools are named for people who owned or traded enslaved Black or indigenous people.

After the defeat of California’s affirmative action ballot measure, EdSource’s Larry Gordon covers other ideas for increasing the number of students of color in higher education.

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Newsom Pledges Aid For California Schools’ Reopening Plans

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday announced a $2-billion package of incentives to encourage a return to in-person classes for California elementary school students as early as mid-February, an effort that could require frequent coronavirus testing for students, teachers and staff.

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How the Pandemic Is Imperiling a Working-Class College

Rachel Foor’s grandparents are in their 70s, so when the pandemic hit, its stresses gave her such stomach pains that she could not eat or sleep. She worried she would infect them if she brought the coronavirus home from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she is a senior, or from Walmart, where she stocks milk and eggs to help pay tuition.

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A Racial Slur, a Viral Video, and a Reckoning

Jimmy Galligan was in history class last school year when his phone buzzed with a message. Once he clicked on it, he found a three-second video of a white classmate looking into the camera and uttering an anti-Black racial slur.

The slur, he said, was regularly hurled in classrooms and hallways throughout his years in the Loudoun County school district. He had brought the issue up to teachers and administrators but, much to his anger and frustration, his complaints had gone nowhere.

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The Indy Star’s Arika Herron covers a superintendent’s important snow day assignment for students.

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas of The CT Mirror reports on the nomination of Miguel Cardona for U.S. Secretary of Education.

For The Texas Tribune, Melissa Taboada covers the pandemic’s impact on students’ mental health.

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Biden’s Pick for Ed. Secretary: U.S. Must Help Schools ‘Forge Opportunity Out of Crisis’

The coronavirus crisis has taken some of the “most painful disparities” in America’s schools and “wrenched them open even wider,” Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona said as President-elect Joe Biden introduced him as his choice for U.S. secretary of education Wednesday.

Cardona laid out a two-fold vision of helping schools, educators, and families rebound from the pandemic while also addressing long-standing concerns about equity and opportunity.

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Educators, Students and Schools Come Up Short in Coronavirus Relief Package

AS CONGRESS TIES THE bow on a long-awaited and contentious coronavirus relief package, superintendents, principals and educators are disappointed – though not surprised – by how little aid it includes for their efforts to reopen the country’s public school system for millions of children who have been learning remotely since the pandemic shuttered schools in March.

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Education Dept. Gets $73.5 Billion in Funding Deal That Ends Ban on Federal Aid for Busing

The fiscal 2021 spending deal unveiled by Congress Monday includes relatively small increases for aid to disadvantaged students, special education, career and technical education, and the office for civil rights.

In addition, the bill funding the U.S. Department of Education ends the longstanding prohibition on using federal aid on transportation initiatives to desegregate schools.

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Chalkbeat Colorado’s Yesenia Robles reports on an advisory group of Latino parents who are hoping to keep their local school district on track in its equity work. 

Jeff Young of EdSurge talks with students and professors about which campus reopening decision was the right one for them. 

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Leslie Fenwick, Miguel Cardona Seen As Contenders For Education Secretary

Two lesser-known educators have emerged as top candidates for education secretary — a former dean at Howard University and the commissioner of schools in Connecticut, people familiar with the process said.

The first is Leslie T. Fenwick, dean emeritus of the Howard University School of Education and a professor of educational policy and leadership. The second is Miguel Cardona, who last year was named the top education official in Connecticut.

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The Dilemma For High School Seniors: Navigating College Admissions In A Pandemic

This is not the year for the college road trip. Instead, it’s been all about clicking through virtual campus tours.

With both traditional high school and college experiences upended by the pandemic, high school seniors are reconsidering where to apply for college this fall. And those who are still charging forward with ambitious college plans are doing so without the resume they had hoped would win over admissions officers.

Testing dates for standardized tests — the ACT and SAT — were repeatedly canceled in the spring and summer.

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If Teachers Get the Vaccine Quickly, Can Students Get Back to School?

States and cities across the country are moving to put teachers near the front of the line to receive a coronavirus vaccine, in an effort to make it safer to return to classrooms and provide relief to struggling students and weary parents.

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Indiana’s COVID Enrollment Dip Driven By 10,000 Fewer Preschoolers, Kindergartners

When Pike Township opened a new child care center in 2019, it was expected to grow each year. But instead of expanding this fall, enrollment at the fledgling preschool fell by nearly 40% from last year to 130 children.

At the same time, the number of kindergartners in the Indianapolis district dipped by more than 20%.

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A Teacher at Saucedo Elementary in Little Village Takes on Pandemic Learning Loss

During the first quarter this fall, Contreras had many happy surprises. Her attendance was strong. And even at a distance, she saw the children get more comfortable, light up and learn. Just as when they are in class with her, she finds joy in them.

But she also confronted the academic damage caused by the pandemic. After the virus abruptly shut down in-person school in March, followed by a chaotic spring, it had been five months since these children had been in an organized class.

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New Data: College Enrollment for Low-Income High School Grads Plunged by 29% During the Pandemic

Across all types of colleges, enrollment for low-income high school graduates declined by 29.2 percent, compared to a 16.9 percent drop for their counterparts from higher-income high schools. At community colleges, the drop for low-income students was even more dramatic — 37.1 percent. This is the first time the Clearinghouse, the nation’s best source for tracking college attainment data, has traced the impact of COVID-19.

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The Capital-Journal’s Rafael Garcia and The Seaman Clipper’s Madeline Gearhart cover a school district faced with newly discovered information connecting their namesake to the KKK.

“Early post-election moves by President-elect Joe Biden suggest he is poised to offer the nation’s ailing community colleges a rare moment in the sun,” writes Greg Toppo for The 74.

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How Germany Avoided A ‘Lost’ School Year

“Every day is new, and every day is different,” the children sing. But one thing that’s changed little for them this year - their daily presence in a classroom. Germany’s quick response to the pandemic in the spring allowed it to get some children back in schools after just a few weeks. And schools have remained open this fall, even as the country shut restaurants and gyms back down.

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With an in-depth portrait of one second grader, The Washington Post’s Perry Stein looks at the high toll the pandemic is taking on students’ basic literacy skills in D.C. 

Writing for Chalkbeat, Jason Gonzales digs into whether the University of Colorado Boulder is meeting its mission to serve students from low-income families.  

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For St. Louis Public Radio, Ryan Delaney and Elle Moxley cover how some European countries are keeping schools open.

The Seattle TimesJoy Resmovits takes a look at where the Biden administration will likely land on a variety of education issues. 

The Hechinger Report’s Jon Marcus covers the pandemic’s impact on getting underrepresented students to and through college. 

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Samantha Smylie of Chalkbeat Chicago reports on young adults with disabilities who face an abrupt disruption of transitional programming that is intended to launch them into adulthood.

Black and Indian-American girls find inspiration and hope in the first female vice president, reports a team from The Dallas Morning NewsEducation Lab

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The Arizona Republic’s Lily Altavena examines Arizona’s 5% student enrollment decline, including a 14% drop in kindergarteners.

Eric Kelderman of The Chronicle of Higher Education looks at the connection between education level and political affiliation and what that schism could mean for the future of higher ed.

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“Yet for some of those for whom virtual school is viable, the current disruption has opened up a new world: education without daily anxiety about racism,” writes Melinda D. Anderson in her op-ed for The New York Times.

EdSource’s Theresa Harrington covers local and statewide measures that seek to give 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote in local and national elections.

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What Missouri Schools Can Learn From How Germany Has Handled School Reopenings

In St. Louis, many public school districts are just beginning to bring students back for in-person instruction. Saying it’s still not safe, other districts continue to offer only a virtual model. But in Germany, things look much different. School was in session last spring, and it resumed in person again in August — and not just for little kids, either.

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How German Students Have Been Back At School Since Spring, While Missourians Are Just Returning

It’s halfway through the fall semester, and many students in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas are just now trickling back into classrooms. Thousands are still learning from home. Meanwhile, in most of Europe, schools have been open since August with students attending in person daily.

A robust public health system, hygiene measures and targeted quarantines of students and staff exposed to the coronavirus get the credit. But that early success could soon be put to the test as cold weather arrives along with a resurgence of cases of the coronavirus.

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“For the first time in my lifetime, it felt like the struggle over America’s deep racial divide was finally inescapable for the white people around me,” writes Emmanuel Felton of BuzzFeed.

With child care centers and schools closed and safety nets disintegrating under enormous demand, families that have been thrust into poverty now see little hope of getting out as the pandemic lingers, reports Jackie Mader of The Hechinger Report

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For The Washington Post’s second story in their series on George Floyd’s America, Laura Meckler looks at Floyd’s dreams as a high schooler and the education system that fails students like him.

For The New York Times, Alina Tugend, Phyllis W. Jordan and Mark A. Stein highlight examples of creativity in a time of crisis.

Larry Gordon of EdSource covers the pandemic’s impact on the college application and recruiting process.

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In his new series, The Atlantic’s Adam Harris profiles the students who desegregated American schools.

In recent years, a number of politically appointed public university boards have used their broad powers to wade into contentious territory that often splits along partisan lines, reports a team from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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‘A Battle for the Souls of Black Girls’

Zulayka McKinstry’s once silly, sociable daughter has stopped seeing friends, talking to siblings and trusting anyone — changes Ms. McKinstry dates to the day in January 2019 when her daughter’s school principal decided that “hyper and giddy” were suspicious behaviors in a 12-year-old girl.

Ms. McKinstry’s daughter was sent to the nurse’s office and forced to undress so that she could be searched for contraband that did not exist.

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Although some school districts publish detailed data about coronavirus case counts, others reveal little or no information, reports Ty Tagami of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

EdSurge’s Jeffrey R. Young covers what’s left of campus life for students to enjoy at a time of social isolation and how professors are coping.