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Matt Barnum

National Reporter

Matt Barnum is Chalkbeat’s national reporter, covering education policy and research. Previously he was a staff writer at The 74, the policy director for Educators for Excellence – New York, and a middle school language arts teacher in Colorado.

It will be welcome news for school leaders worried about inflation and supply chain issues.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants to overturn this Supreme Court case, a bulwark against laws targeting undocumented students’ education.
Chalkbeat examined over 20 polls since last year. In some cases, what we found was surprising, while others confirmed conventional wisdom.
Closing schools, though, often ignites a firestorm, since it can mean losing a source of community, local pride, and stable jobs.
A prior version had been used by Pennsylvania officials to argue that the state’s funding system doesn’t shortchange poor students.
Some researchers say it’s likely. Federal NAEP scores have been stagnant for high schoolers, but that could be due to falling dropout rates.
Biden also wants to increase money for community schools, English learners, and students with disabilities.
That means that although most American students have fallen behind academically due to the pandemic, only a subset appear likely to get more school time.
Grade inflation is one potential explanation. Meanwhile, American students are also taking more advanced classes.
They have run up against the national labor shortage and supply chain issues.
Biden sought to increase Title I by $20 billion. A new budget deal would increase it by $1 billion.
Teacher turnover rates are near pre-pandemic levels. Still, there are worrying signs.
The President beseeching citizens to pitch in at schools is an unusual move, but reflects the tumult of the last few years
Most schools can now go without masks, the CDC said in the first major change in guidance since last summer.
The concept faces a long legal road and opposition from major charter school groups.
There’s evidence that such projects will benefit students, but some may have only a tenuous connection to COVID.
Is there really a teacher exodus? Will all schools face a budget crunch soon? Are parents furious at public schools?
Districts had to post plans, but federal and state tracking has been limited.
Here are resources at the district, state, and national level for tracking federal COVID spending.
Most parents and the public back masking in schools, at least for now.
GreatSchools and other rating sites unfairly penalize schools with more students of color, new research finds.
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.
The new COVID variant hasn’t led to widespread closures, but schools are bracing for staffing challenges in January.
It’s not clear if Bloomberg will succeed politically or educationally.
Education is likely to be a potent issue in next year’s midterm elections, and pandemic-era school disruptions could have a real, if modest effect.