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How to Open Schools Amid a Pandemic
How to Open Schools Amid a Pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic lingers, pressure is mounting for politicians and policymakers to come up with school reopening plans that are mindful of student, family, and staff needs. But with the next academic year drawing ever closer, plans for reopening remain uncertain at best. For one thing, the number of...

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Students Need School, But How Can Schools Be Safely Reopened?
Students Need School, But How Can Schools Be Safely Reopened?

Schools across the United States have been shut down since March, with no obvious reopening date in sight as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt everyday life for citizens around the globe. In the U.S., millions of K-12 students and teachers have been forced to acclimate to distance learning via digital...

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50/50: Uncertain Fates for Non-Teaching Personnel in Times of Recession
50/50: Uncertain Fates for Non-Teaching Personnel in Times of Recession

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, much of the country's workforce is grappling with a new normal that has no clear end in sight. In the education sector, the massive and abrupt shift to remote learning received extensive media coverage as educators transitioned from in-person classroom instruction to teaching...

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Educators Need and Want Better Research—and Better Research Access
Educators Need and Want Better Research—and Better Research Access

Since 2015, federal education policy has been guided by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which emphasizes a necessary but often misunderstood element of learning: research. More specifically, ESSA guidelines encourage local and state-level education agencies to use “evidence-based interventions” to help ensure students and teachers can access strategies solidly...

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New ESSA Provision Aims to Boost School Funding Transparency
New ESSA Provision Aims to Boost School Funding Transparency

Where do the billions of dollars allocated for K-12 education in the United States each year actually end up? A new mandate borne of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) aims to answer this question by requiring the addition of state-by-state data points to each state’s annual report card....

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