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Kalyn Belsha is a national reporter for Chalkbeat based in Chicago. Previously, she covered education for The Chicago Reporter, Catalyst Chicago and the suburban Chicago Tribune. She is a former Spencer Fellow in Education Reporting at Columbia University and has taught journalism at Loyola University Chicago.

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Graduation rates dip across U.S. as pandemic stalls progress

High school graduation rates dipped in 20 of 26 states with data for the class of 2021, suggesting the pandemic may have ended nearly two decades of progress toward getting more students diplomas.

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Schools already had a fragile grasp on stability. Then omicron hit.

Staffing shortages and student absences have teachers and students deflated and worried.

Omicron upended school this week. Here’s what you need to know about the latest disruptions.

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Cardona urges schools to use COVID relief money to hire staff, raise pay

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Not getting into it: How critical race theory laws are cutting short classroom conversations about racism

New laws are influencing the small but pivotal decisions educators make every day.

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Congress set aside $800 million to help homeless students. Months later, many schools are still waiting for aid.

Some school staff say they could have done more to help families in crisis if they’d had earlier access to their funds.

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With COVID relief money, schools across U.S. take on a bigger role in student mental health

Federal funding is helping to launch new efforts to screen, counsel, and treat students. But some schools are struggling to fill new mental health roles.

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Kindergarten enrollment slumped last year. Now, some schools see rebounds among youngest students

Durante el Mes de la Herencia Hispana, los estudiantes y educadores reflexionaron sobre su identidad y resiliencia.

As Hispanic Heritage Month wraps up, students and teachers reflect on resilience